Heath Ledger Life Insurance Lawsuit Settled

Heath Ledger Life Insurance Lawsuit Settled
The late Heath Ledger with daughter Matilda Rose
Flynet

01/29/2009 01:25PM

A lawsuit involving Heath Ledger's $10 million life insurance policy has reached a confidential settlement, documents filed Wednesday in a Los Angeles court show.

The suit had been filed by a lawyer, John S. LaViolette, working on behalf of the actor's daughter Matilda, 3. The suit claimed that ReliaStar Life Insurance Company had refused to honor the policy because it asserted that Ledger's death could have been a suicide.

"The parties are pleased they were able to reach an amicable settlement," said attorney William Shernoff, who represents Matilda and LaViolette.

The New York Medical Examiner found that Ledger, 28, died of an accidental drug overdose in January 2008.

The papers also show that LaViolette is seeking to be appointed as guardian of Matilda, who is the beneficiary of the insurance policy.

The Ledger family had no comment.

Calls to the lawyers involved were not immediately returned. A hearing is set for Feb. 23.
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