The Brokeback Mountain and The Dark Knight star, who died of an accidental overdose in January 2008, was remembered by ex-girlfriend Naomi Watts on Wednesday, which would have been his 39th birthday. The Gypsy actress, 49, took to Instagram to recall the “darling heart” who once stole hers.
On the 10th anniversary of his passing in January, an event that rocked Hollywood, she also paid tribute. Watts, who also grew up in Australia, called him a “beautiful soul” and a “true original,” adding that he always had his heart on his sleeve. “I will never forget his gentle spirit,” she shared.
Watts, who is now linked to actor Billy Crudup, also participated in the I Am Heath Ledger documentary last year.
Naomi’s brother, photographer Ben Watts, who snapped the cover of the recent Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, took photos of Heath circa the Lords of Dogtown (2005). Ben recently shared that this summer he’ll be doing an exhibit of “found Polaroids & film” of Ledger in Montauk, N.Y.
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