Heath Ledger’s death on January 22nd was due to an accidental mixture of prescription drugs, the Office of Chief Medical Examiner for the City of New York has concluded.
“Mr. Heath Ledger died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine,” said an announcement released Wednesday morning by office spokesperson Ellen Borakove.
“We have concluded that the manner of death is accident, resulting from the abuse of prescription medications,” the two-paragraph statement said in its entirety.
Heath, 28, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on January 22nd. Authorities said at the time that they did not suspect foul play but that medication was found near the body.
An initial autopsy was deemed inconclusive in determining the cause of death, it was announced on January 24th.
Heath had six prescription drugs, including anti-anxiety medications and sleeping pills, unnamed police sources told the Associated Press.