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Posted at 7:59 AM ET, 01/24/2008

Morning Mix: Ledger to be Buried in Australia

By Liz Kelly

Heath Ledger: Ledger to be buried in Australia... Police found six type of prescription drugs, rolled up $20 in Ledger's apartment... Massage therapist who found body called Mary-Kate Olsen first... Model says Ledger was "edgy" over holidays... Ex Michelle Williams arrives in New York... Death derails debut of White House anti-drug ad... Production shut down on Ledger's last movie... People magazine wins race to Heath Ledger cover.

Headlines: Bono, who apparently mistook the Pentagon for a humanitarian org, discussed world poverty with Defense Secretary Robert Gates... Stephen Colbert raises $171,000 for charity with his "WristStrong" bracelets... Sylvester Stallone says he didn't take steroids, just human growth hormones... Kirstie Alley Scientology video surfaces.

Crime Watch: Lil' Wayne booked on drug charges in Arizona... London police investigating alleged Amy Winehouse drug video... Busta Rhymes sentenced to probation in assault case.

Spears Watch: Brit bolts from latest custody case hearing... Jamie Lynn will allegedly hand over baby to mom.

Rumor Mill: Is the relationship between Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo cooling?... Owen Wilson spotted shopping for a bong?

Video: Jerry O'Connell spoofs Tom Cruise's Scientology Videos...

Chat Day: Join me at 2 p.m. ET for this week's edition of Celebritology Live.

By Liz Kelly  | January 24, 2008; 7:59 AM ET
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Is there a way to get a link to that video. My IE is blocking the active x stuff..

Posted by: PC | January 24, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

The pic of Michelle Williams breaks my heart. Her right to privacy outweighs not only the public's "right to know", but also the self-entitled "rights" of those camera-happy vultures, who try to make a buck at anyone's expense and personal suffering. Learn some boundaries, you jackals.

Posted by: ncmojo | January 24, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

New reality series idea: "Mary-Kate Olsen, Freelance Medical Examiner."

Posted by: byoolin | January 24, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Jerry O'Connell ROCKS!

Posted by: AriaBob | January 24, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

The Onion has a good story this week about how Jessica Simpson was actually part of a plot to ruin the Cowboys' chances of getting to the Super Bowl (Liz Kelly: the "Super Bowl" is the National Football League's championship game, and the Cowboys are the team Tony Romo plays for, and the Cowboys did not qualify for the Super Bowl, so Jessica's nefarious plans may have succeeded. For more information, check out .)

Posted by: byoolin | January 24, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

I take it back. Obviously a simple youtube search would bring it up. Dang Jerry O'Connel you crack me up.

Posted by: PC | January 24, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

haven't heard good word one about 'carpoolers' but that jerry o'connell video is wonderful! thanks, liz kelly!

Posted by: methinks | January 24, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Bono can't have been happy that the DoD's traditional methods for alleviating poverty involves bombing already-poor countries back into the Stone Age. (DoD, for its part, argues that, 'for Stone Age people, they're doing *really* well.')

Posted by: byoolin | January 24, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for that explainer, Byoolin. But where does "icing" come into it?

Posted by: Liz Kelly | January 24, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

If the paps would give Michelle Williams and her daughter privacy, I will by not looking at any pictures or videos of them.

Posted by: Lisa1 | January 24, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Oh boy, Jerry O'Connell is my new favorite person.

Posted by: librarygal | January 24, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Liz Kelly, the icing is on the cake. Unless a member of the team that shot the puck from over centre ice gets to it before a defender can, in which case icing is waved off and both teams have to eat Cool Whip. Unless the league uses the 'no-touch' icing rule, in which case the cake goes bad.

Next week: "Offside" (hockey) vs. "Offsides" (football) - compare and contrast.

Posted by: byoolin | January 24, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

It occurred to me the other day that the name one gives to the pack of photographers who chase celebrities should be "a smear of paparazzi."

Posted by: byoolin | January 24, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

So....psychology isn't kosher with scientology but Jenny Craig is?

Posted by: michael | January 24, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Jamie Lynn is giving up her baby to her MOTHER? Because Lynn Spears has such a good track record in raising children?

I'm calling Social Services right now.

Posted by: Toonces | January 24, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

RIP Heath Ledger.

We have created a memorial site to pay tribute to Heath Ledger. We welcome you to share your thoughts and comments.


Posted by: Josh | January 24, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

very deceptive headline there, Liz, as the article notes in two places that there was NO drug residue on the money NOR were any illegal drugs found or suspected. Unworthy of you to fuel these baseless rumors. If you found money in my bedroom, would that make me a drug addict? Come on.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 24, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Because of that parody video I'm willing to forgive O'Connell not only "Carpool" but also "Sliders".

Posted by: Sci Fi Channel's On My Cable | January 24, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

That's the answer: Kirstie Alley!

And the question was (thanks to yellojkt from yesterday's MOrning Mix): who should be the 3rd star (after TomCruise and Travolta) in an all-Scientologist remake of "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert"?

Because, c'mon, Kirstie Alley makes for one fabulous drag queen.

Posted by: WoW | January 24, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

First, that video is hilarious. Second, it is so annoying to keep reading that there were five or six or however many kinds of prescription pills in Heath Ledger's apartment. You know how many kinds of prescription pills are in my apartment? No, neither do I. A lot. Many of them are expired. None of them happen to be for anxiety or insomnia, but that's because I don't happen to have anxiety or insomnia. It's just such a meaningless fact. Any human with health insurance probably has half a dozen kinds of prescription meds scattered around their home, if not many more.

Posted by: h3 | January 24, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Great, the only filmography Kirstie Alley has lately is a Scientology one.

Of course Brit bailed from her hearing. The judge had made it clear he was not giving her visitation back until she gets a mental exam. She wanted credit for being so good as to show up ONCE for her deposition. Realizing she was not going to get her away she left. At least the kids are with K-Fed, not Lynne Spears.

Posted by: ep | January 24, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Jerry is funny, that video had me rolling. Unfortunately he and anyone attached to the project will never work again. We all know Scientologists can't take a joke. Heck, I'm surprised the thing is still available for viewing.

Still sad about Heath and I agree with h3, I'm pretty sure I've still got the prescriptions from a root canal way back when and some from a recent issue.

Posted by: petal | January 24, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

The housekeeper and massuse were so stupid for not calling 911 FIRST. Seriously, what was MKO going to do? I hope that thier lack of judgement did not cost HL's life.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 24, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I saw the O'Connell video on the other day & was rolling! Jerry hasn't acted that well since "Stand By Me".

Posted by: jes | January 24, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

If, for some strange reason I died last night, here's what the cops would've found: My half-naked body, looking very rumpled, with 4 bottles of pills next to my bed, and a couple of crumpled up dollar bills. If they investigated further than the vicinity around my bed, they would find a lot more than 6 prescription medications. So I died of a drug overdose, intentional or otherwise right?

Except my apartment was very hot last night, I'm really tired from work and need a haircut, I have bad allergies and a thyroid problem, and I emptied out my pockets and put the contents on my nightstand before tossing my jeans on the floor.

Posted by: Arlington | January 24, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I have to admit -- I'm completely full-blown gonzo confused about Britney's behavior. Either she wants the kids and stands in a courtroom for more than five minutes or she finally says, "You know what -- I can't handle this. Here, you take the kids and I'll give you more money to do so while I get my head back together." One would hope that she might notice her fellow celebrities dropping like flies around her and that it might give her some cause to stop and think about her own path.

I hope that she wakes up and smells the Starbucks before it's too late.

Posted by: CentrevilleMom | January 24, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Oh and NOW Romo breaks up with her? You know they were only together because Jessica thought dating a star quarterback would help her career. Since that didn't work, she has to do something else to get attention. Romo needs to date a nice non-celeb gal who will understand football comes first (I'm available).

Posted by: ep | January 24, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

"The pic of Michelle Williams breaks my heart. Her right to privacy outweighs not only the public's "right to know", but also the self-entitled "rights" of those camera-happy vultures, who try to make a buck at anyone's expense and personal suffering. Learn some boundaries, you jackals." - Totally agree!!

Posted by: Anonymous | January 24, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

To 9:30 am, I'm confused as to why you think Liz Kelly's link is deceptive. There WERE 6 types of prescription medication and a rolled up $20 found in the apartment.

Posted by: jes | January 24, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

OMG, I heart Jerry O'Connell now.

Toonces is right on- giving up the baby to Lynn Spears?!? That poor child.

Posted by: surlychick | January 24, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

That wasn't me at 9:30 a.m. but I'll stay on my prescription med high horse: yes, it is absolutely true that there were six prescription drugs and a rolled-up $20 in his apartment. However, as I and other commenters have pointed out, you can find these in a lot of apartments. When that's the fact you pick out about him, you're implying: "he had a prescription drug problem! and snorted coke!"

Posted by: h3 | January 24, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

The 6 prescriptions aren't very telling, really. There are at least that many in our place.

But we crumple or fold our money instead of rolling it.

Posted by: byoolin | January 24, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

deceptive because it is totally misleading by implication. What does "rolled up $20 bill" make anyone think of? If you READ the story, you see that it is a meaningless fact; utterly stupid to even print. (see Arlington's comment, above, about money on the nightstand). All it does is fuel the "ooh, was he snorting" tittering and rumors. It is disgusting.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 24, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

What could the paps say to make YOUR untimely death seem seedy and suspect?
What a fun game!!

Let's see: I never throw leftover medicine away. I've got a giant box of mostly-expired pills, some of it pretty good stuff, I wager. That's good for a "drug cocktail" reference right there.

I have a couple laundry piles in non-standard places, because I don't want to disturb the sleeping baby by putting stuff where it belongs. "Living in squallor!"

I have several friends I haven't called since New Years. Baby, work, too cold to go out anyway, you know. I wonder if we could get a "withdrawn, distant... kept to herself" style comment out of them.

I hadn't realized I was so dark and fascinating.

Posted by: WDC | January 24, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

WDC, that's an awesome game. If I died, you could write bottles of alcohol in the freezer. Bathroom festooned with damp clothes. Unopened mail piling up. Excessive traveling. She was doomed, I tell you! Doomed!

Posted by: h3 | January 24, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I'm amazed it never occurred to police, journalists, etc. that Heath Ledger may have had a rolled-up $20 bill because, I don't know, he may have wanted to tip the masseusse. And absolutely, what was the masseusse doing calling Mary-Kate Olson? What was she going to be able to do?

Plus, while Heath Ledger's death is a real tragedy, can we also have a moment of silence for Terry Gilliam? He was directing the movie Ledger was filming when he died. If any of you have seen "Lost in La Mancha," you will know that Gilliam may just be the unluckiest filmmaker ever.

Posted by: kleewrite | January 24, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I think the masseuse just hit a speed dial # to find someone who knew Heath. But I admit, it is odd she sidn't call 911. I bet she was afraid that calling 911 would bring paparazzi, so it was to protect his privacy.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 24, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Petal, I thought the Jews controlled Hollywood? You're telling me it's the Scientologists? Well, there go my carrer hopes out there.

Posted by: EricS | January 24, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I happen to have both anxiety and insomnia and I have several different types of medication for each issue because the first one doesn't always help, as well as many older bottles of antidepressants, some prescription pain killers, some allergy meds, my birth control might add some crazy to the mix, as well as that antibiotic that made me sick so I got something different. Its surprising I'm still alive with all those meds so available.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 24, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

byoolin at 9:03-nicely done.

I agree, the amount of speculation and insinuation surrounding Heath Ledger's death is really unseemly. If I were to die today, the big story would probably be that I was paranoid and stocking up on Cipro (take it with me on trips to developing countries in case of particularly vicious stomach bugs), and also living in squalor (house is a mess and all that).

Posted by: ASinMoCo | January 24, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

yes, my thoughts exactly about why she did dial 911 right away - probably in the interest of privacy, till she realized he wasn't breathing.
Also, don't kill the messenger: As a former headline writer, I know what it's like to have to sum up a couple pages worth of wackiness in eight words or less. Liz led with the facts about his drugs and the money, how you interpret the info in the links is up to you - I would hardly accuse her of "fueling" rumors. (Psst...this is a rumor site too.) She culls through a lot of crap so we don't have to - a tip of the hat to the Kelly.
And on that note, thanks ever-so-much for the Jerry O'Connell video. Hi-larious!

Posted by: rachelt | January 24, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

but the point is, mentioning the $20 bill is pointless. The story she summed up noted it was not drug-related, so who cares that it was there? There is zero reason to mention it EXCEPT to fuel BS rumors. It is not "summming up" anything!

Posted by: Anonymous | January 24, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Great...Just what we need...

Momma Spears raising ANOTHER child...She should go ahead and just release her parenting book right now...Maybe even get her own parenting show...
If I was Jamie, I would think about it again...

Posted by: Ohyouknow | January 24, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

The action "think" and person "Spears" not often associated with each other.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 24, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

The Jamie Lynn Spears story was disturbing. Her mother is going to raise the baby as her own so that Jamie can concentrate on her acting career. The mother seems to be more focused on continuing her Daughter #2 financial meal ticket than doing what's right now that Britney's career is over.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 24, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

On the matter of Mary Kate, the masseuse called her because she lived in the building and her bodyguard was a certified EMT. That is what the TMZ guy said last night on Countdown.

Posted by: michael | January 24, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

She had a stack of Martha Stewart Magazines next to the bed, but dishes piled up in the sink and ants. She couldn't handle the pressure! Martha made her do it!

I like this game.

Posted by: Em | January 24, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

"On the matter of Mary Kate, the masseuse called her because she lived in the building and her bodyguard was a certified EMT. That is what the TMZ guy said last night on Countdown. "

So, my cousin's a firefighter, that doesn't mean my first call wouldn't be to 911 if my house was on fire.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 24, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

but your call wouldn't bring the press, too. I really think it was a privacy thing.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 24, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I agree with everyone else here, I'm sure I have more than 6 different prescription bottles in my medicine cabinet. What would be most disturbing is I forgot to clean the catbox this morning. If I died would PETA come after me posthumously and say I abused my cats?

Posted by: no_bs_4me | January 24, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Of course, what was I thinking? In the matter of life and death, its privacy that's most important.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 24, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

This was discussed in Ask Amy a few months ago, someone was concerned that if they died what would be found in his house...mainly his gay porn collection. The only drugs you'll find by my bed are antibiotics and zyrtec, but they're OTC now, nose spray and inhalers. Very boring.

When I think of a "rolled up $20 bill" I think of the recepticle upon which to inhale cocaine.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 24, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I agree w/everyone about the rush to judgment surrounding Heath's untimely demise. You'd find Zyrtec, Ambien, a huge bottle of Advil and various pain and cold remedies in our med cabinet if I were to die today. I'd hope too that whoever found my lifeless body would make the first call to 911 and not to one of my friends listed in my speed-dial.

I looove that Jerry O'Connell spoof of TC

Posted by: plamar1031 | January 24, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I find myself feeling so glad that Heath Ledger spent much of Dec. and Jan. with his family and friends in his hometown, and the paps left him alone.

Good point that several have made. I too have a bunch of prescription and non-prescription meds in my house.

I still think it was a very tragic accident. And my heart breaks for Michelle Williams.

Posted by: Californian | January 24, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

So basically Jamie Lynn will have no consequences for her actions just like her sister. Her life will go on as before while mommy cleans up the mess for her instead of making her take responsibility for the new life she's bringing into the world.

I like the "What would be on our beside table if you died right now?" game. Just sick enough yet interesting.

On my nightstand:
Kleenex, books, lotion, nail file, booklight & a few pens & pencils. I'm boring I guess.

But the hubby MORE than makes up for my boring. On & in the hubby's nightstand:

-Trazadone (2 bottles 2 different strengths)
-samples of Ambien CR
-Percocet & Oxycontin in 2 baggies(2 strengths leftover from his operation a while ago & they're in baggies cause he confused the 2 strengths so I wrote in Sharpie when & how much he was supposed to take)
-2 bottles for said Percocet & Oxycontin
-several Sci-Fi books
-a couple of pocket knives & a Bowie knife for the zombies that may invade
-incense burner & incense
-I'm sure there's some sort of porn somewhere over there too.

Wow. I hope I die on my side of the bed.

Posted by: Bored @ home | January 24, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I checked this AM, I literally have 11 kinds of opened, partically used Rx in my apartment. 2 in my kitchen, 2 in my bedroom, the rest scattered throughout my bathroom. And they are all sorts, mpostly antibiotics, but the list also includes high-powered pain killers from post-surgery, one anti-anxiety... I can't stand all this media hype about the drugs in his possession. And if I were judged by my apt, yikes! I feel bad for the guy. He died alone in a way no one would want to.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 24, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I think there should also be a bigger conversation about the hazards of drug interactions. I think but for the grace of God, any one of us could end up like Heath Ledger. I've been prescribed meds at various times for anxiety, insomnia, backpain, etc.- if the meds were not working as prescribed, I can see how easy it would be to feel the need to take more than prescribed. I hope intelligent conversations and advice about prescription and OTC drugs can come out of this tragedy. We could all use the advice.

Posted by: plamar1031 | January 24, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

um, I don't get why everyone has so many pills lying around unless you take them for on-going issues such as high blood pressure.

When anyone in our family is prescribed medication,they take it until it either runs out or they have finished the time perscribed.

THEN, I carefully dissolve all left-over pills in the sink (and pour liquids down the sick) and toss out the empty bottles.

I'm not neurotic about cleaning otherwise, but unused prescriptions that are no longer necessary seem like a hazard lying around...I wouldn't leave bullets in a gun either (if I had one).

Posted by: Georgia | January 24, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

If find me dead they better just call Owen Wilson because the only prescription lying around my house is a bag of medical marihuana...

Posted by: Toots'_bro-in-law | January 24, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Hands off of Bono!
He's not mistaking anything for anything, what have you done to raise awareness about anything but Puff Daddy's new name?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 24, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

If I'm found dead at home then somebody better call Tom Cruise...he is the only one who can help afterall. Heath should have had HIS number on speed dial. But TC was probably too busy patrolling the highway for accident victims.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 24, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

My wife and I have ZERO prescriptions in the house. In fact neither of us have been prescribed any medicine in over 5 years and we are in our 40's. The only drugs in the house are aspirin and Tylenol PM that we take maybe once a month. What's up with all of the druggies on this chat??

Posted by: DW | January 25, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

World lost a very talented actor. I guess God must collect all the good people to be nearest to HIM. Thank you HEATH for the joy you brought to the world. May you rest in peace.

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