January 24, 2008 02:25:44 GMT
The initial autopsy following Heath Ledger's sudden death Tuesday, January 22 was completed by Wednesday morning, January 23 yet remained inconclusive.
The initial autopsy concerning the death of Australian actor Heath Ledger was held and already completed by Wednesday morning, January 23. Unfortunately, it remained inconclusive and thus additional tests were required with results would be known in about 10 days to determine the cause of death.
Heath was found dead, naked in bed, surrounded by prescription sleeping pills in the bedroom of his Soho apartment around 3:30 P.M. Tuesday, January 22 by his housekeeper and a masseuse who had arrived for an appointment with the actor. Further investigation showed that there was also a rolled-up $20 bill found on the floor near the actor's bed.
Despite the new evidence, police confirmed that no illegal drugs were found in his apartment. The bill, which was taken to a lab for testing came up negative for illicit substances, thus put to rest heavy speculation that Heath had been snorting drugs before his death.
Police in charge for further investigation in Heath's sudden death, furthermore, revealed there were six different types of prescription drugs found in the star's apartment. Among the prescription medications found were pills to treat insomnia and anxiety, and an antihistamine. Three of the medications were prescribed in Europe, it has been reported.
Officials said several packets containing an unknown substance were found in Heath's apartment, though so thus far there were no signs that the actor committed suicide, nor any signs of foul play. Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office, said the autopsy on the 28-years-old hunk was inconclusive and that more would be known in about 10 days, when more tests are completed.
Meanwhile, Heath's body has been released to a New York City funeral home. A representative for the late actor said that, as of now, there are no plans for a memorial service, either in Australia or the States.