‘My Brother Didn’t Die Of Depression’: Heath Ledger’s Sister Reveals The Real Reason Behind His Death
Heath Ledger’s critically acclaimed, yet incredibly unsettling performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight was preceded by the actor’s untimely death, only a few months before the film hit cinemas.
Naturally, this lead to rumors linking the actor’s tragic demise with the role itself; claims that Ledger either experimented with drugs to produce the Joker’s distinctive brand of crazy, or that the intensity of the performance pushed Ledger toward mental illness, eventually culminating in his overdose.
Speaking at Tribeca Film Festival following the premiere of the documentary I Am Heath Ledger, the actor’s sister Kate dismissed those rumours.
“I was really shocked, because that was him having fun,” she said. “Every report was coming out that he was depressed and that [the role] was taking this toll on him, and we’re going, honestly, it was the absolute opposite. It couldn’t be more wrong. He had an amazing sense of humor, and I guess maybe only his family and friends knew that, but he was having fun. He wasn’t depressed about the Joker!”
Ledger died in 2008 having overdosed on prescription drugs. His role in The Dark Knight — based on the Batman comics — was rapturously received by critics, with Ledger being awarded a posthumous Oscar. “I hope it’s an antidote to a lot of the gossip that exists in the world,” the documentary’s producer, Matt Amato, said. “There are some really terrible things about Heath out there.”
Check Out the trailer of “I Am Heath Ledger” below: