Report: Doctors Cleared in Ledger Investigation

Report: Doctors Cleared in Ledger Investigation
"He was very modest," John Travolta says of his late friend Ledger (in '06). "He didn't want to make a big deal out of himself. But he was a big deal."
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updated 02/29/2008 at 09:00 AM EST

originally published 02/29/2008 09:30AM

Federal investigators have cleared two doctors in California and Texas of any wrongdoing in the death of actor Heath Ledger.

The Drug Enforcement Agency interviewed the doctors earlier this week about prescriptions found in Ledger’s apartment and determined they did not prescribe him the two most powerful drugs – Oxycontin and Vicodin, the New York Post reports. The doctors did meet with Ledger but prescribed him other medications, according to investigators.

Ledger, 28, died on Jan. 22 in his Manhattan apartment from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. Soon after the medical examiner released his cause of death, the DEA issued subpoenas to try to determine if there were medical conditions attached to all the drugs found in his apartment. That investigation is still ongoing.

Besides Oxycodone and Vicodin (also known as Hydrocodone), autopsy results also showed that Ledger's system contained Diazepam (commonly called Valium), as well as Temazepam, which treats anxiety or sleeplessness; Alprazolam (also known as Xanax); and Doxylamine, a sedating antihistamine often used as a sleeping aid.

Michelle Williams – Ledger's former girlfriend and mother of his 2-year-old daughter, Matilda – joined Ledger's family and hundreds of mourners Feb. 9 at a memorial in Australia for the actor. On Jan. 26, a private memorial in Los Angeles was held for close friends and family.
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