Today, April 4, Heath would be 33 years old. Known for his roles in A Knight’s Tale, Brokeback Mountain and Dark Knight, the actor’s legacy lives on in his movies and through his six-year-old little girl Matilda Ledger.
Heath’s ex and mother to his daughter Michelle Williams recently commented on the late star’s tragic and sudden passing.
She told GQ‘s January issue of morning the Oscar winner’s death:
“It was making me crazy. I felt like I was going crazy. It was too much — trying to deal with what had happened and trying to deal with what was at our doorstep. I just felt trapped. And it’s not just me — there’s somebody else who I’m trying to protect, and I can’t. I can’t make it stop, I can’t make it go away. Trying to find ways to explain it or shield her from it. It’s like you’re trying to go about your life, and make dinner…but the roof is off of your house, and the walls are falling down.”
In 2009, Heath won an Academy Award for his role as the Joker in Dark Knight, a part some speculate caused him to gain insomnia and possible drug use. “This award tonight …. validated Heath’s quiet determination to be truly accepted accepted by you all here, his peers, in an industry that he so loved,” Ledger’s father, Kim, said, accepting the Oscar on his son’s behalf with Ledger’s mother, Sally Bell, and the actor’s sister, Kate Ledger. “We have been truly overwhelmed by the honor and respect bestowed on him with this award,” Sally Bell said.