Heath Ledger – Tributes. He’ll Be Missed

Here are tributes from Heath Ledger’s family, friends, colleagues (fellow actors) and film community; he’s in our thoughts and he’ll be missed:


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“Heath has touched so many people on so many different levels during his short life but few had the pleasure of truly knowing him.”

“He was a down to earth, generous, kind-hearted, life-loving, unselfish individual who was extremely inspirational to many.”
Heath Ledger’s father Kim

“Our darling boy, special in so many ways to all of us. You knew you were so loved. You lived life with courage and daring and we are so grateful for the wonderful times we shared. We will be there for Matilda.”
Heath Ledger’s mother Sally

“It is tragic that we have lost one of our nation’s finest actors in the prime of his life. Heath Ledger’s diverse and challenging roles will be remembered as some of the great performances by an Australian actor. “
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

“I can hardly breathe when I try to write this. We were the ultimate in soul mates. I feel both my heart and life have been torn apart. I loved our special talks, our daily chats from where ever you were in the world. I especially loved all the precious time we spent together. We were so fortunate to have you as long as we did. You were so many things to so many people, but to me you were just my little brother. There will never, ever be another ‘Heath’ and I think that in itself is the greatest tragedy. I will continue to talk with you everyday and love you just as if you were here. You will never leave my thoughts ‘Roast’, ever.”
Heath Ledger’s sister Kate

“How do we describe our sudden and tragic loss? … You were the most amazing individual ‘old soul’ in a young man’s body. You so loved us, as we dearly loved you. As a close knit and very private family unit we have observed you so determined yet quietly travelling in your self-styled path in life, nothing would get in your way … no mountain too tall, no river too wide. You dreamed your dreams and lived them with passion and intelligent commitment. We have been privileged to accompany you on a ride through life that has simply been amazing and through it all, we have loved each other beyond imagination. Your true legacy lives on in beautiful little Matilda, who will always remain in the greatest of care. Our hearts are broken.”
Heath Ledger’s Family

“Working with Heath was one of the purest joys of my life. He brought to the role of Ennis more than any of us could have imagined – a thirst for life, for love, and for truth, and a vulnerability that made everyone who knew him love him. His death is heartbreaking.”
Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee

“I adored him. I don’t know how to compare his talent to others but he’s touched me deeply as a talent and it’s a great loss – losing him at any age would be a loss but it was pretty rough news. I was really shocked by it.”
John Travolta

“I had such great hope for him. He was just taking off and to lose his life at such a young age is a tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”
Mel Gibson

“What a terrible tragedy. My heart goes out to Heath’s family.”
Nicole Kidman

“I am shocked and very saddened by the news. I deeply respected Heath’s work and always admired his continuing development as an artist. My thoughts are with his family and close friends.”
Cate Blanchett

“I think Tennyson got it right in the poem when he described someone as having died at a young age but burning the candles at both ends, and oh what a beautiful flame he made, that was Heath, what a beautiful flame he made and a great talent.”

“My heart goes out to everyone in his family and my family. The saddest thing is his daughter whom he just loved
dearly.”
Larry Williams – ex-partner Michelle Williams’ father

“That’s terrible. Drugs today… when we stopped taking drugs, they started. It is just an epidemic. I am sorry to hear that. He was a great talent.”
Dennis Hopper

“It’s really, really sad. I hope his family is okay. I wish them the best.”
Charlize Theron

“The studio is stunned and devastated by this tragic news. The entertainment community has lost an enormous talent. Heath was a brilliant actor and an exceptional person. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.”
Warner Bros president Alan Horn and studio president Jeff Robinov

“He made a decision about four years ago to stop being led by producers and managers and to forge his own way. He started working with the most interesting directors. He was so successful at breaking out of the teen idol image.”
Neil Armfield, who directed Ledger in his last Australian film, Candy

“I worked on the same film and I never met him – we were never on the same set. This is as much news to me as anybody and it affects me in the same way.”
Morgan Freeman, co-star in Dark Knight

“I went through a similar thing with River Phoenix in the fact that he was so young. It’s a real tragedy when someone so talented dies because you don’t know on the early part of their career what more they could offer us.”
Director Rob Reiner

Source: BBC News and The West Australian

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