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Heath Ledger Died of Accidental Prescription Drug Overdose

He had six different kinds of drugs in his system causing acute intoxication. From WNBC:

The six drugs found in his system were oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine, the medical examiner's office said.

The drugs are the generic names for the OxyContin painkiller, the anti-anxiety drug Valium, Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug, and the sleep aids Restoril and Unisom. Hydrocodone is another name for the better-known Vicodin.

Wow. He was terribly addicted. What a total shame. Check back to Wizbang Pop for the latest details.


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Pretzel_Logic:

who?

How do you call that "accid... (Below threshold)

How do you call that "accidental"? Someone who is on that much crap is bound to keel over. Heck, I check with my doctor if I can take ASPIRIN with any new medication.

But my guess is that this was actually a suicide and not "accidental" at all.

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Jason Author Profile Page:
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Some gay cowboy or someone.

"Accidental"?!?!? So, he wa... (Below threshold)
Don:

"Accidental"?!?!? So, he was carrying the prescriptions with the caps off, tripped, fell and the pills accidentally went into his mouth and his tripping caused him to swallow? Or, maybe he left the bottles open on his headboard and while sleeping and snoring with his mouth open, hit the bottles during a bad dream, the pills fell in his mouth and he swallowed dreaming they were candy?

To paraphrase The Princess Bride, I do not think "accident" means what you think it means.

Would you take all those pills and not worry about risk to your life? Of course not. The coroner is mixing kindness and modern day feel-good philosophy that one is rarely responsible for the consequences of their actions. Unfortunately, such kindness does a disservice to others that might find themselves in a similar situation as Mr. Ledger. The answer to one's problems cannot be found in a bottle of pills.

The only way his death could properly described as accidental was if Mr. Ledger was literally an idiot...which he was not.

RIP, I enjoyed his movies.

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marc:

Accidental???

Sure, for insurance purposes.

For everything else... not so much.

What part, exactly, was acc... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

What part, exactly, was accidental?

He took a huge load of prescription drugs. Did they accidentally fall into his mouth???

I don't get the terminology here.

Some gay cowboy or someo... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

Some gay cowboy or someone.

I'm really hoping he'll be better remembered for his portrayel of the Joker in The Dark Knight than for his role in Brokeback Mountain.

Some people have problems separating the actors from the roles they play.




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