Ledger posthumously wins Best Supporting Actor at the 81st Academy Awards for portraying The Joker in The Dark Knight. His father Kim Ledger, mother Sally Bell, and sister Kate Ledger accept the award on his behalf. Kate finished the speeches with a nod to his daughter, Matilda
Heath, we both knew what you had created in the Joker was extraordinarily special and had even talked about being here on this very day. We really wish you were, but we proudly accept this award on behalf of your beautiful Matilda. Thank you.
Ledger is nominated posthumously for Best Supporting Actor at the 81st Academy Awards for portraying The Joker in The Dark Knight.
Ledger appears on the cover of People after his tragic death. Two packs of prescription pills was found near his body when his therapist found him naked in bed. His therapist dialed 911 and he was pronounced dead. Ledger was 28 when he died and has a two year old daughter. On his family finding out about his death:
I heard about his death in the press, and I called his mother to find out what was happening, and even she didn’t know. Heath’s father found out through the press. It’s a pretty devastating way to find out.