Can you believe it’s been eight years since Heath Ledger’s untimely death? Nope, us neither…
When Ledger tragically passed away of an accidental overdoes aged 28 he left behind a daughter of just two years. Matilda is now ten and Ledger’s family have been doing everything they can to keep his memory alive for her. In particular, the family have made one especially touching arrangement for Matilda – she will receive his Oscar. Matilda who now lives in Brooklyn with her mum Michelle Williams will ultimately inherit the award.
Ledger was awarded the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight a year after his death, and his golden statue has been held securely at the Western Australian Museum ever since.
Ledger’s father Kim told the Hollywood Reporter that he planned for Matilda to have the Oscar.”At the end of the day, everything is there for Matilda, and when she can take possession of it, it’s all hers,” explained Kim.
Kim was one of Ledger’s family members who accepted the Oscar on his son’s behalf and described the experience as “bittersweet”.
“It was only a year and a month since his passing. We hadn’t got our heads around the tragedy of losing him, but at the same time, he was receiving such accolades for what he knew was his best work,” Kim explained. “It was peer recognition that was important to Heath and the Oscar was the epitome of that,”he added.
Kim – who lives in Western Australia with the Ledger family – explained that they try and keep in touch with Matilda as much as they can. “One way or another, we are always in contact with our New York girls,” he commented.