Ledger Begins Final Journey

Actor to be laid to rest in Australia as police prepare to quiz friend Olsen
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2008 8:18 AM CST
Members of the media gather at the entrance to Frank E. Campbell funeral home in New York, Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, where family members are expected to view the body of actor Heath Ledger, 28 who was...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Cops held paparazzi back as Heath Ledger's body, inside a wooden shipping crate, was removed from a Manhattan funeral home yesterday for the journey to Australia, where the 28-year-old actor will be buried, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. A private memorial service was held in New York yesterday, and a public one will be held in Los Angeles next week.

Ledger's body began its journey home as police made plans to speak to actress Mary-Kate Olsen about phone calls she received after Ledger's masseuse found his body. Olsen received four increasingly frantic phone calls in a 9-minute period before 911 was called. Olsen has released her first statement on the actor's death. "Heath was a friend,'' she said. "His death is a tragic loss."