Days ahead of International Overdose Day, Heath Ledger’s father, Kim, is remembering his late son — who passed away in 2008 at the age of 28 from an accidental intoxication from prescription drugs — by bringing awareness to overdose education and celebrating his son's talents.
“He was our beautiful son who we are so, so proud of, and always will be,” his father told Sunrise, a morning talk show in Australia.
Heath Ledger’s father, Kim. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“He was taken away from us so suddenly. All that talent and energy, and the great things he did pale in significance when someone is no longer here,” the father-of-three explained.
“Everyone admired Heath for his work, he was very dedicated to every project he did.”
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His dedication and passion may have been a trait he inherited from his father, who is now devoted to bringing awareness to prevent overdoses — so other families don’t have to experience the trauma he and his family went through.
“It doesn’t matter who you are,” he explained.
“We are all facing some finality… You just don’t want it to happen earlier than it should.”