Heath Ledger's family deny Joker led to his depression

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Heath Ledger's family have denied that his Oscar-winning turn as the Joker in The Dark Knight had anything to do with the events that led to his death.

Speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival following the upcoming documentary I Am Heath Ledger's premiere, Heath's sister Kate dismissed rumours that Heath was "depressed" as the Joker.

Admitting she was "shocked" to hear rumours about her brother as he was "having fun" in the role, Kate said (via The Telegraph): "Every report was coming out that he was depressed and that [the role] was taking this toll on him, and we're going, 'Honestly, it was the absolute opposite'.

"It couldn't be more wrong. He had an amazing sense of humour, and I guess maybe only his family and friends knew that, but he was having fun. He wasn't depressed about the Joker."

Heath, who became the second actor to win a posthumous Academy Award for his work in The Dark Knight, passed away unexpectedly in 2008 from a suspected accidental overdose.

Revealing the last conversation that Heath's family had with him before his death, the actor's father Kim admitted that they had warned him against mixing medication.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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Derik Murray's I Am Heath Ledger is a 90-minute documentary about the actor's journey to fame, featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews with Heath's peers, friends and family.

Touching on Heath's love for film and photography as well as his aspiration to become a director, I Am Heath Ledger includes insights about the star from the likes of Naomi Watts, Emile Hirsch, Ang Lee and the Ledger family.

I Am Heath Ledger is set to air on Spike on Wednesday, May 17. The film will also receive a limited theatrical release from May 3.

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