Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Heath Ledger's Autopsy Inconclusive

Wednesday's autopsy to determine how Heath Ledger died has been called inconclusive, NBC News is reporting. Additional tests and more time are required. The 28-year-old star's body was found in the bedroom of his downtown New York City apartment, with prescription sleeping medication nearby.

Michael Baden, a prominent forensic pathologist not involved with the investigation, said before the initial autopsy that the tests Wednesday would determine whether the death was from natural causes. "It's important to determine if this is a natural death or if it was a drug overdose," said Baden, suggesting that there are "natural things that cause death in young people in their 20s, like the rupture of an aneurysm around the brain or heart disease or pneumonia."

Heath had pneumonia at the time of his death, PEOPLE has confirmed. Adds Baden: "If there's no natural cause of death ... then it becomes more likely that it's a drug overdose. That will depend on toxicology and that may take a few days to a few weeks."


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