Accidental OD Killed Ledger

Autopsy results cite combo of sleeping pills, painkillers, and anti-anxiety meds
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2008 9:26 AM CST
Heath Ledger, right, and Michelle Williams arrive for the Australian premier of the movie "Brokeback Mountain" in Melbourne, Australia, in this Tuesday Jan. 10, 2006 file photo. (AP Photo/Steve Holland,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Actor Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose of sleeping pills, painkillers, and anti-anxiety medication, the New York City Medical Examiner's Office ruled today. OxyContin, Valium, Xanax, Restoril, Unisom, and ibuprofen combined to result in a lethal "acute intoxication," an ME spokeswoman told the AP. 

The drugs were found in the 28-year-old actor's SoHo apartment when he died Jan. 22. Initial autopsy results proved inconclusive. Ledger's father, Kim, said today: "While no medications were taken in excess, the combination of doctor-prescribed drugs proved lethal for our boy. Heath's accidental death serves as a caution to the hidden dangers of combining prescription medication." (Read more Heath Ledger stories.)