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Mary-Kate Olsen, Heath Ledger's family speak

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Tbdheathledger012808jpg After blaring headlines from the New York Post and others declaring police were prepared to grill Mary-Kate Olsen over a series of phone calls made to her the day Heath Ledger died, police denied the claim, the AP says.

The tabloid had reported the NYPD wanted to know exactly why masseuse Diane Lee Wolozin, who found the actor unconscious in his bedroom Tuesday, called Olsen three times before dialing 911 for help, then again after making the emergency call. That’s just so much bunk, as cops said Olsen was not wanted for questioning.

The 24-year-old actress broke her silence on the event today, the same day a private viewing of Ledger was scheduled at the Frank E. Campbell funeral home in Manhattan. The media was not invited.

“Heath was a friend. His death is a tragic loss,” she said in a statement. “My thoughts are with his family during this very difficult time.” Rumors abound in several glossies that Olsen and Ledger had been dating for the last three months, but not exclusively.

“There is a private memorial service today and I also understand that there will be a public memorial service in Los Angeles later this week,” Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith told the media Friday. Concerning whether Ledger’s body would be sent back to Australia for burial, he said, “This is a matter for the family to decide. Whatever decision they take Australia stands ready to help them.”

Before leaving for New York, Ledger’s family placed a death notice in The West Australian.

“As a close knit and very private family we have observed you so determined yet quietly travelling in your self-styled path in life, nothing would get in your way ... no mountain too tall, no river too wide,” read the notice, which was published today.

“You dreamed your dreams and lived them with passion and intelligent commitment. We have been privileged to accompany you on a ride through life that has simply been amazing and through it all we have loved each other beyond imagination. Our hearts are broken.”

[Photo: AP]

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:33am]

    

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