DEA Drops Probe into Heath Ledger Death

LedgerThe Federal government has dropped an inquiry into the source of the oxycodone and hydrocodone found in Heath Ledger’s body at the time of his death:

“Prosecutors in the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan had been overseeing a Drug Enforcement Administration probe into whether the painkillers found in Ledger’s system were obtained illegally. But the prosecutors have bowed out ‘because they don’t believe there’s a viable target,’ said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no charges have been filed.”

How many months did they spend on this? What a waste of time and money.


  1. queendru says

    It’s a waste of time to look for a dealer in medically controlled substances? To look for a physician who may be misusing his license? I think not. I find it suspicious that Mary Kate refused to even have a conversation without an immunity deal. I wonder if this is another example of the unique kind of “Hollywood Justice” that exists in America.

  2. Paul R says

    Oh please. I can get Percocet instead of Vicodin if I smile nice at my doctor, and he’s straight. Heath took too many pills and may not have intended to kill himself, but celebtrities have way better access to drugs than I do. Andy is right that it’s a total waste of time and money to pursue this; famous people can get incredibly strong drugs at the drop of a hat. That will never change.

  3. Shirley says

    Well someone personally gave Ledger those two particular pills and that person knows who she or he is and they get to live with that the rest of their life.

  4. says

    When I lived in Seattle briefly earlier this decade, my doctor prescribed both oxycodone and hydrocodone for back pain I was having (essentially because good manipulative physiotherapists are few and far between in the US, and my employer-sponsored health fund would pay for these drugs without blinking).

    He didn’t mention that they were basically narcotics, and didn’t give any special directions for using them (prescription filled out at the local Rite-Aid chemist).