Monday, February 11, 2008

Heath Ledger: A Preventable Tragedy

It is always unsettling to hear of a young person’s untimely death, especially when these deaths could have been prevented. This week the medical examiner confirmed that Heath Ledger died of an accidental drug overdose, but in my opinion, there is no such thing. His death was an accident in the sense that there is no way to know what was in Heath Ledger’s mind, and he may not have intended to kill himself. However, he clearly was not taking his medications as prescribed or this would not have occurred. Instead of trying to blur the problem, the media should focus on the reality. The man was not evil nor was he a hero - he was a sick person who suffered from at the very least substance abuse or at the most substance dependence. He was clearly unable to control his intake and as a result took more than required and died. Public awareness could be his legacy. Instead of trying to spin the reasons for Heath Ledger’s tragic death, we could use this opportunity to enlighten and inform the public about how to deal with the difficult issues that we face in life. The media should focus on how to save lives instead of trying to conceal the reality of his obvious suffering and subsequent death. Why did he have so many different prescriptions? What were they prescribed for? How could his problems been handled differently? These are the questions to be asked.

For more of my thoughts on this, listen to my podcast! I was interviewed this week regarding Heath Ledger by Take 12 Radio. To download the MP3 click here.


singapuriano said...

yah i agree, there are no accidents. and the media sud use this to make ppl aware of drug and alcohol abuse.
Hendricks, Joplin, Monroe, Elvis and we could add the list to infinitim!
Just reminds me to be grateful that I came in and that Alcoholism cares not for who you are, it just needs bodies.
cheers and great website you have, thanks,

Obsidian Kitten said...

His death touched me deeply for obvious reasons, and I had the many of the same thoughts.

Again I wonder why some of us do find recovery and so many of us do not. I feel very blessed--but it is a hard road. Still, a wonderful one.

So happy to hear from you, and find your blog!

Best always,