Psychotropic Drug Overdose: The Death of the Hollywood Celebrity Heath Ledger

Introduction: The celebrated Hollywood actor Heath Ledger- famous for the role of “Joker” in the movie “The dark night” died due to accidental drug overdose. In this article we will review the causes and events related to his death and how the similar accidents could be prevented in the near future.

Method: Literature search in various databases and journals and many news websites was performed.

Result: Heath Ledger was suffering from major depression, anxiety, drug addiction, relationship problems bipolar like symptoms and childhood mental trauma. He died due to accidental drug overdose in 2008. All these factors could possibly be the reason for his sudden tragic death or it could simply be the use of multiple drugs at the same time that lead to his demise. Appropriate measures should be taken by physicians and psychiatrists- when dealing with the patients with the above mentioned problems as early as possible to avoid this kind of accidental or deliberate overdose related deaths.

Conclusion: Deaths related to psychotropic or opioid drug overdose could be accidental or a deliberate suicide. Various measures have been taken in the recent past to save many psychiatric patients from being overdosed yet the rate of drug overdose related deaths has not been reduced. Future research will help in reducing this rate and save many lives.


Anam Siddiqui, Ruhma Ali, Hassaan Tohid

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