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Heath Ledger's autopsy results inconclusive; Rolled-up $20 bill found near Ledger's body; President delays prescription drug event

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Tbdheathledgera012408Results of Heath Ledger’s autopsy early Wednesday were inconclusive, the AP reports, and further tests are required to determine the cause of death. Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner, said it will take another 10 days to get the results.

The New York Post’s Page Six is reporting that no one outside the medical examiner’s office had seen the body, and no family or friends have yet visited the office. Early Wednesday, his ex-girlfriend Michelle Williams and their 2-year-old daughter Matilda left Trollhattan, Sweden, where the 27-year-old actress had been shooting scenes for the movie Mammoth, said Martin Stromberg, a spokesman for Memfis Film. “She received the news at her hotel late last night,” Stromberg said, adding he had not spoken to the actress after she learned of Ledger’s death.

TMZ has been reporting that Heath was sick with pneumonia when he died. The site also identified the housekeeper and masseuse who found him as Theresa Solomon, 56, and Diane Lee, 40, respectively. They apparently found him naked and face down at the foot of his bed. Speculation is rising that in any case, the death was accidental, and that is the "operating theory" NYPD is working with, the site says.

Tbdheathledgerb012408 Ledger had previously told the New York Times he had been taking sleeping pills because his roles as the Joker in The Dark Knight and Bob Dylan in I’m Not There had kept him up at night. Bottles of prescription and over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-anxiety medicines Xanax and Valium were found at the scene Tuesday, TMZ says. The AP also adds that a rolled-up $20 bill was found near his body, according to police, although it was unclear whether it may have been used to ingest drugs.

While we're in the speculation stage, the Sydney Morning Herald says the actor was on Ambien, which he has admitted taking. Product information for Ambien says that it should not be taken if you have a respiratory illness or shortness of breath.

In the wake of the surprising death, President Bush postponed a Wednesday event at the White House, where he was to announce an ad campaign about stopping prescription drug abuse, Page Six says.

“We thought it would be better to postpone the event,” press secretary Dana Perino said, “rather than run the risk of anyone thinking that we were being opportunistic in highlighting the issue.”

[Photos: Getty Images]

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:32am]

    

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