Ledger Tot Sues as Insurance Balks at $10M Payout

Company says it can't rule out suicide
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted Sep 29, 2008 9:00 AM CDT
In this Nov. 6, 2006 file photo, actor Heath Ledger arrives to the film premiere of Candy in New York.    (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh, File)
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(Newser) – A trustee representing Heath Ledger's 3-year-old daughter is suing the actor's insurance provider, who is balking at paying out his $10 million death benefits, TMZ reports. ReliaStar Life Insurance Co. says it's withholding payment until they determine whether Ledger's accidental overdose death was a suicide, an investigation that includes quizzing Mary Kate Olsen, reports the AP.

A lawyer representing Matilda Rose Ledger’s trust says ReliaStar "is just engaging in a fishing expedition so it can hold onto its money longer” and that "there's not a shred of evidence that points to suicide."