Heath, Michelle Split Over Drugs

Insider says Ledger was hooked on cocaine, heroin for past year
By Emily Thompson,  Newser User
Posted Jan 31, 2008 12:49 PM CST
Heath, Michelle Split Over Drugs
Australian actor Heath Ledger kisses girlfriend Michelle Williams during arrivals at the 15th annual Gotham Awards in New York, in this, Nov. 30, 2005, file photo. Ledger was found dead Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008 at a downtown Manhattan residence, police said. He was 28. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson, file)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Heath Ledger's cocaine and heroin use became so bad over the past year that girlfriend Michelle Williams kicked him out of their Brooklyn home and threatened to take custody of daughter Matilda, the New York Post reports. A "drug pal" described partying bouts just as two TV shows decided not to air video of the late actor snorting cocaine two years ago.

"I'm gonna get so much [bleep] from my girlfriend," Ledger—found dead last week at 28—reportedly says on the tape. "Was he an addict? Yeah," says the insider, who blames fame and work pressure for Ledger's downward spiral. "He was making absolutely no effort. He was really into heroin. He wasn't sleeping or communicating with anyone." (Read more Heath Ledger stories.)

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