Sisters Say Heath Ledger’s Fatal Overdose Wasn’t Caused By Joker Obsession
The notion that Heath Ledger’s obsession with playing The Joker caused his downfall is an urban myth says the deceased actor’s sisters. At the Tribeca Film Festival during the premiere of I Am Heath Ledger the sisters refuted claims that the actor suffered from depression after portraying the psychotic Batman villain.
Heath’s sister Kate Ledger shot down the rumors that the role of The Joker caused the 28-year-old actor to go into a depression which eventually led to an overdose of prescription medication.
“I was really shocked, because that was him having fun,” Kate said. “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!”