Heath Ledger's Family Says His Oscar Will Go to His Daughter Matilda

Heath Ledger's Family Says His Oscar Will Go to His Daughter Matilda
Heath Ledger
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02/24/2016 AT 03:00 PM EST

It's been eight years since Heath Ledger died, but his family – who has been working to keep the actor's memory alive for his daughter, Matilda – says she will receive Ledger's Oscar for the Dark Knight, which is currently part of a collection at the Western Australian Museum in Perth.

Matilda's mother, Michelle Williams "… is aware the Oscar remains secured with the museum," Ledger's father Kim – who accepted a posthumous acting award on his son's behalf at the 2009 Academy Awards for his best supporting role as the Joker – told the Hollywood Reporter.

"At the end of the day, everything is there for Matilda, and when she can take possession of it, it's all hers," explains Kim.

Matilda, 10, was just a toddler when the actor died in 2008 of an accidental prescription drug overdose. He was 28.



Recalls Kim of receiving the statuette: "Bittersweet is probably the best way I can describe that night. It was only a year and a month since his passing. We hadn't got our heads around the tragedy of losing him, but at the same time, he was receiving such accolades for what he knew was his best work."

Adds Kim: "It was peer recognition that was important to Heath and the Oscar was the epitome of that."
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