Police revise timeline of Heath Ledger’s death
A revisited timeline of events surrounding the death of Heath Ledger has been issued by police, revealing that the masseuse that found his body repeatedly called Mary-Kate Olsen before phoning emergency services.
Police have now placed the actor’s time of death at between 1pm and 2.45pm on Tuesday afternoon after his housekeeper thought she heard him snoring when she entered his bedroom to change a lightbulb.
Masseuse Diana Wolozin arrived at the apartment at 2.45pm for a scheduled appointment and called his mobile phone when he hadn’t showed up by 3pm. A police source told People magazine: “She waited [outside his room] and tried calling him [on his mobile phone] and he did not respond.”
“She went into the room. She started setting up the massage table [but] he wasn’t waking up - wasn’t responding.”
She then is said to have attempted to wake him by shaking him but when he still didn’t respond, used the speed dial on his apartment’s phone to call Mary-Kate Olsen. Phone records are said to show calls to the famous twin at 3.17pm, 3.20pm and 3.24pm for between 24seconds and 1minute at a time. Diana then called the emergency services at 3.26pm.
Emergency aid workers arrived at the apartment at the same time as Mary-Kate’s (medically trained) security team, who were then requested to leave the scene. Heath was pronounced dead at 3.36pm, with a further call from the apartment to Mary-Kate at 3.34pm.
Initial reports claimed that Diana is friends with Mary-Kate Olsen’s bodyguard and knowing his training as an EMT (the equivalent to a paramedic in the UK) and that he was nearby at the famous twin’s home, called for his assistance. However other sources claim Heath and Mary-Kate were also romantically involved.
A source told People magazine: “Mary-Kate and Heath were casually dating for three months before Heath’s death. They were hooking up, but neither were particularly interested in making it exclusive.”
“They had a bond that was based on partying, and they had the same tastes in partying … like, in terms of where they liked to hang out in New York, what time they would want to go out. They just had the same sensibility.”
Funeral plans and family obituaries
Heath’s family are expected to arrive in New York City today to make funeral plans for the 28 year old. He is expected to be buried near his family’s home in Perth, Australia early next week but a memorial service is being planned in Los Angeles for over the weekend.
Several notices from the family appeared about the death in the West Australian newspaper today, with his sister Kate saying they were “the ultimate in soul mates. I feel both my heart and life have been torn apart. I will continue to talk with you everyday and love you just as if you were here. You will never leave my thoughts ‘Roast’ [her nickname for him], ever.”
His father Kim wrote: “My beautiful boy, so loving, so talented, so independent, so caring, so young … no more chess games, mate … this is it, couldn’t beat you anyway!”
“My body aches for the sound of your voice, our chats, our laughs and our life and times together. Your truly varied artistic skills, insatiable desire to improve and eclectic abilities set you apart from any other person on the planet … it had only just started for you … and for us to further enjoy. We were one, in soul and commitment. Just … Father and Son. I will love you forever, Dad.”
His mum Sally added that he “lived life with courage and daring and we are so grateful for the wonderful times we shared. We will be there for Matilda.”
The whole family signed an additional note, asking: “How do we describe our sudden and tragic loss?”
“You were the most amazing individual “old soul” in a young man’s body. You so loved us, as we dearly loved you. As a close knit and very private family unit 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.”
“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.”
“Your true legacy lives on in beautiful little Matilda, who will always remain in the greatest of care. Our hearts are broken.”