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Posted by on Feb 6, 2008 in Popular culture, Toxicology

Official Cause of Ledger’s Death Reported

Official Cause of Ledger’s Death Reported

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York reports today that Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose of 2 prescription opiates, 3 benzodiazepines, and an over-the-counter antihistamine sleep aid: oxycodone (eg, OxyContin), hydrocodone (eg, Vicodin), diazepam (Valium), temazepam (Restoril), alprazolam (Xanax), and doxylamine (eg, Unisom). Although various news stories reported that zolpidem tartrate (Ambien) was found in Ledger’s apartment at the time of his death, the drug was not identified in the ME’s report.

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A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.