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Heath Ledger's autopsy results could be revealed; what will the public learn?

Posted Oct 22 2008 4:32pm

The answer to why Heath Ledger died could be revealed as early as today, according to the Melbourne Daily Sun.

But a public that has been clamoring for information regarding the late actor may not get all their questions answered - not right away, at least.

The New York Chief Medical Examiner's Office, responsible for Ledger's autopsy and deciphering tests undertaken on his blood and tissue, confirmed today it was close to announcing the cause of the 28-year-old Australian actor's death, the paper reported.

"We're expecting something in the next two days,'' Ellen Borakove, director of public affairs at the New York Chief Medical Examiner's office, said.

But other questions, such as the official estimated time Ledger died, will not be made public, according to the Sun.

The Sun reported there has been speculation since Ledger's body was discovered in the bedroom of his rented Manhattan apartment on Jan. 22 that the actor may have been saved if medical help was called earlier.

New York police have said masseuse Diana Wolozin, who found Ledger's lifeless body, called Hollywood actress Mary-Kate Olsen several times before alerting paramedics.

NYPD investigators who inspected Ledger's apartment, however, said there were no signs of foul play or evidence to suggest he committed suicide, according to the Sun. They also dismissed reports illegal drugs were found.

Police did find six different types of prescription drugs in the apartment, including pills to treat anxiety and insomnia.

That claim has inspired the media to do more than implicate that drugs contributed to his death (see New York Daily News cover, above) - despite the fact that much of the drug-death evidence is circumstantial.

The media frenzy has inspired many to do a Google search and ask questions that have led them to this blog. They've asked: Can anti-anxiety and anti-depressants be mixed? Was Heath Ledger a drug addict? How will Michelle Williams, his actress-girlfriend, cope?

Based on what's been said, we may never know.

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