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The Trailer For The New Heath Ledger Documentary Looks Incredible

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The Trailer For The New Heath Ledger Documentary Looks Incredible

Heath Ledger's death shocked the world.

The 28-year-old was found face down in his New York City apartment on 22 January 2008 after taking a mix of drugs, including oxycodone, diazepam, hydrocodone and doxylamine.

It all happened just a few months after finishing filming for The Dark Knight, in which he played The Joker so memorably that he won the best performance for a supporting actor at the 2009 Oscars. He was the second person to ever be given this award posthumously.

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Heath loved filming. He was a director, and often had a camera in his hand. Whether that was a video recorder or a standard camera, he was forever taking footage.

Now, Spike TV and director Derik Murray have put together some of his own personally-shot footage, as well as interviews with his friends and family, to make a new documentary - I Am Heath Ledger.

The trailer promises for some emotional viewing...

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The never-before-seen footage is sure to make for emotional viewing for fans.

Many people still can't understand what happened to Heath, but his father, Kim, spoke to the Daily Mail Australia about some of the more chilling details leading up to his son's death.

Sixty-six-year-old Kim claimed his son is to blame for his death having been warned by his sister about mixing painkillers and sleeping pills.

"It was totally his fault. It was no one else's - he reached for them," he said.

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"He put them in his system. You can't blame anyone else in that situation. That's hard to accept because I loved him so much and was so proud of him.

"His sister was on the phone to him the night before, telling him not to take the prescription medications with the sleeping tablets."

According to Kim, Heath turned to prescription drugs in an attempt to keep up with his ever-growing filming schedule.

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He continued: "Because he was travelling a lot, he would pop in to a doctor. In the case of someone with a higher profile it's often a case of 'what do you want?' instead of 'what do you need?'.

"There's so much pressure on them to perform so even though your body is telling you that it's not good and needs time, it's like, 'just take these painkillers and keep going'.

"That was the case with Heath. He had to be back on set to finish [the next day]."

Tragic.

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I Am Heath Ledger will be premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23 before being made available on Spike TV on May 17.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity, Documentary, Heath Ledger

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