It has been nearly 10 years since the news of Oscar Award winning actor Heath Ledger’s death shocked the world. At just age 28 and coming off his legendary portrayal as The Joker in “The Dark Knight,” it seemed that Ledger had a promising career ahead of him. But on January 22, 2008, Ledger died of a cardiac arrest brought on by an overdose of prescription drugs. The mystery surrounding his sudden death was explored in “I am Heath Ledger,” at the Tribeca Film Festival and “What Killed Heath Ledger?” on HLN’s “How It Really Happened with Hill Harper.” The HLN special and the feature length documentary are unrelated.
The one-hour cable special focused on some of the clues found in Ledger’s Soho apartment after his death, including a diary detailing his immersion as The Joker. Many have wondered whether playing such a dark role negatively affected his life and eventually drove him to substance abuse and perhaps suicide.
The documentary, which will air on Spike TV in May, chronicles Ledger’s rise to fame through award shows, red carpet appearances and interviews, and how his increasing fame may have had a negative impact on his life. It also explores his relationship with Mary-Kate Olsen, the actress who was rumored to have provided Ledger with the drugs that killed him, though no charges were ever officially pressed.