Federal drug investigators are probing two doctors over the death of actor Heath Ledger, the Daily News has learned.
The doctors - one in California, one in Texas - are believed to have supplied the “Brokeback Mountain” star with the powerful painkillers Oxycontin and Vicodin, law enforcement sources said. Authorities want to know if the drugs were prescribed illegally. “It’s an ongoing investigation,” a law enforcement source told The News Tuesday. “It’s not clear if there was any wrongdoing.”
The revelation came more than a month after the 28-year-old Australian heartthrob’s naked body was found in his SoHo loft.
The city’s medical examiner ruled Ledger died on Jan. 22 of an accidental overdose of six prescription drugs, including the two painkillers, sleeping pills and anti-anxiety medication. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has subpoenaed the medical examiner’s findings as part of its probe into the doctors, the sources said.
Ledger’s death stunned Hollywood’s elite and left actress Michelle Williams, the mother of his 2-year-old daughter, devastated. Williams and Ledger had shared a townhouse in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. When they split up last summer, he moved into the Broome St. loft where he died.
Two private memorial services were held in Los Angeles before Ledger’s body was flown to his hometown of Perth, Australia, where loved ones remembered him in a star-studded funeral service on Feb. 8.
The following day, Williams and about 50 of the actor’s closest friends dived into the ocean at his favorite beach in an emotional final farewell.