Heath Ledger’s family and former fiancee Michelle Williams joined hundreds of mourners at a moving private memorial service for the star in his hometown Perth.
Heartbroken Williams wore dark sunglasses and clung tightly to the hand of Ledger’s older sister Kate as they walked into the ceremony held on a local school playing field.
The couple’s 2-year-old daughter, Matilda was not at the funeral.
Williams chose not to wear the traditional black mourning dress in favour of a cream summer dress with black trim.
Ledger’s grief-stricken parents arrived afterward - mother Sally Ledger Bell, with her husband roger Bell, then father Kim Ledger and his wife Ines.
Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett, who was pictured arriving at the ceremony, read an emotional eulogy for Ledger, before Ledger’s body was taken to be cremated at an intimate funeral service attended by 10 close family members.
Other mourners included the model Gemma Ward and Australian actors Bryan Brown and Joel Edgerton, as well as film directors and sports stars.
Musician Ben Harper performed ‘Matilda’ - a song written for Ledger and Williams’ daughter Matilda Rose - during the 90-minute service, which included a video tribute for actor.
“It’s a pretty sad time. We’re finding it difficult to cope,” Ledger’s father said.
Kim Ledger said as he arrived at the ceremony the family was also planning an intimate funeral.
“The funeral will be very, very private,” he said. “There will only be 10 people there, which is my immediate family and nobody else.”
A New York coroner conclusively found that Ledger, 28, died of an accidental mixture of prescription drugs.
*edit* (I added the picture, because she is smiling..not crying, ok?)
AFTER a tragic, tear-stained day of reflection and regret, Heath Ledger's wake turned into the sort of party he would have loved.
As the sun began to set, about 200 mourners swept out of the restaurant on Perth's Cottesloe Beach - where the function was being held - tore off their clothes and ran, cheering and laughing, into the ocean."
Finally. I saw some images on TV this morning, and Michelle looked like she was holding on to Heath's sister because she was going to fall at any moment.