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      Monday, 18 December 2017 Facebook
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Lifestlye Heath Ledger

The death of Heath Ledger seemed to strike the heart of most Australians. As one newspaper wrote, he was "a great actor who never seemed to get used to being famous".

Ledger’s death was an awful personal blow to his family and close friends but reminds us all of the hollow nature of perceived success.

Ledger had been nominated for an Oscar, just completed a starring role in a new movie, was wealthy, famous and in demand. All the things many of us hope for and crave after. Yet Ledger’s life ebbed away in a New York apartment, alone and surrounded by pills designed to overcome his anxiety and sleeplessness.

What was strange and sad were the values of some of his circle of friends, demonstrated by his masseur who made several phone calls to a celebrity friend when she found his lifeless body before calling the ambulance.

We marvelled at Ledger’s ability, fame and celebrity and struggled to understand his sad and lonely demise. Success, when judged by fame and fortune, does not bring the peace of mind that love, grace and spiritual depth will bring.



 
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