Heath Ledger’s Sister Says Actor ‘Wasn’t Depressed’ When He Died

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Heath Ledger’s sister is clearing any misconceptions about her brother’s death.

While attending the I Am Heath Ledger premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend, Kate Ledger addressed some of myths and false information surrounding the late actor. While many believed Heath, who died in 2008 from a prescription drug overdose, was “depressed” at the time of his death, Kate told the audience that her brother was far from morose when he passed away at the age of 28.

I was really shocked, because that was him having fun,” she said, rumors that the actor was not in a sound state of mind after playing The Joker in The Dark Knight, a role which he won a posthumous Academy Award. “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 humour, and I guess maybe only his family and friends knew that, but he was having fun,” she continued. “He wasn’t depressed about the Joker.”

“I hope it’s an antidote to a lot of the gossip that exists in the world,” family friend and documentary producer Matt Amato added. “There are some really terrible things about Heath out there.”

I am Heath Ledger, which will hit selected theaters on May 3 before premiering in a shorter 60-minute version on Spike May 1, features interviews with Heath’s family, former co-stars and collaborators. Thought she did not participate in the project, Michelle Williams, who shares a daughter with the 10 Things I Hate About You actor, is said to have given her blessing.

“[He was] more than just the celebrity,” Kate said of the film. “Because he was really not a celebrity. In his eyes, he really wasn’t. We wanted that to come through.”