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I Feel Like a Terrible Person...

...but I think it's about time that someone who is a waste of air dies from drug use (whether accidental or otherwise) instead of someone who is valuable to his community, his family and the world is general like Heath Ledger.  His movies weren't all blockbusters, but he was a very talented actor and, by all accounts, a good person who cared about his family, his daughter, who maintained a good relationship with the mother of his child even after their split, and who chose his life path carefully.  It is such a terrible shame that someone like him would be lost as such a young age.

It is clear he will be missed by everyone whose life he touched:

"Prior to the Ledger family's departure to the U.S., the close-knit clan paid tribute to the 28-year-old onetime Oscar nominee in touching death notices published Friday in their hometown newspaper.

"How do we describe our sudden and tragic loss?" a note signed by the entire family and published in the West Australian read. "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 traveling 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 Matilda, who will always remain in the greatest of care. Our hearts are broken."

Ledger's parents and sister also wrote individual notices paying tribute to their lost family member.

"Our darling boy, special in so many ways to all of us," his mother wrote. "You lived life with courage and daring, and we are so grateful for the wonderful times we shared. We will be there for Matilda."

His older sister, Kate, whose nickname for her brother was "Roast," wrote that the greatest tragedy of all was that "there will never, ever be another 'Heath'...You will never leave my thoughts, Roast, ever."

"I can hardly breathe when I try to write this. We were the ultimate in soul mates. I feel both my heart and life have been torn apart...We were so fortunate to have you as long as we did."

Ledger's father, Kim, echoed the heartbroken sentiments of the family, writing that his "body aches for the sound of your voice, our chats, our laughs and our life and times together."

"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.

"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.""

Chanteuse1984 Chanteuse1984 26-30, F Jan 25, 2008

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