Heath Ledger's sister reveals last conversation she had with her brother the night before he died
It's fair to say that when Heath Ledger died, everyone's heart broke a little bit. The 28-year-old actor had so much more to do in life and his early passing certainly showed that some of the very best people are taken too soon.
Before the "Dark Knight" star died on January 22, 2008 from an accidental overdose of prescription painkillers, he was plagued by rumours that he had been taking his role as the Joker too seriously and had struggled to break out of the character's sick and twisted psyche. According to reports, the posthumous Academy Award-winner had been fighting demons behind closed doors and his dedicated method acting technique was not helping the situation.
However, according to his sister, Kate Ledger, the actor's private life was not at all what it seemed. In an emotional 2016 interview that recently went viral, the Perth-based publicist revealed that she was shocked by references to her sibling's dark side, and insisted that in the last conversation she had with him, he was happy and looking forward to the future.
Speaking to news.com.au, she dispelled rumors that his character in "The Dark Knight" in some way caused his death, saying: "He was a really happy person and he had huge plans for his future. I spoke to him the night before and we were laughing and joking. He was so proud of what he had done in Batman."
In addition, the publicist confirmed a massive Dark Knight rumor that was never confirmed by anyone else involved in the film series. While Ledger's untimely death ultimately left producers with no option but to move forward without him, many fans always believed that the original plan was for director Christopher Nolan to feature him in the third Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises". And it turns out that they were on the money.
Ledger's sister confirmed the rumors in the same interview, stating: "I know he had plans for another Batman. He loved working with Chris Nolan and Christian Bale and Gary Oldman. He just had the best time ever doing that film. When he came home at Christmas he couldn't wait to tell us all about it and he was doing the voice and laughing, showing me all the rushes. We had a great time."
Her comments are sure to inspire emotion in Ledger's fanbase which even ten years after his death is deeply devoted to the talented actor.
In addition, Ledger's sister paid tribute to her brother on the tenth anniversary of his death in January. Speaking to WHO magazine, she described her brother as her "soulmate" and claimed that she is still in close contact with his child Matilda, whom he shared with fellow performer, Michelle Williams.
"Heath is hugely important in the lives of my children," she said. "There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t share stories or talk about him. He is very much alive in our house. It’s especially difficult to see his moving images on screen and hear his voice, something which we as a family have had to learn to cope with constantly. But it’s a blessing that we have all the images and footage so that we can share a part of him with our girls."
She added: "We keep in constant contact with Michelle and Matilda and visit frequently. She is an amazing girl and a source of delight to us all."
It's good to hear that Ledger's family is still close a decade after his tragic death. Rest in peace, Heath.