PRIVATE MEMORIAL FOR HEATH LEDGER

Published on: January 27, 2008
PRIVATE MEMORIAL FOR HEATH LEDGER

A small, private memorial service was held for Heath Ledger in Los Angeles Saturday. Ledger's family and friends, including former girlfriend Naomi Watts, attended a 30-minute service at Westwood Village Memorial Park, Australia's Channel 7 reports.

Guests then gathered at the Beverly Hills Hotel, according to reports. In New York, Ledger was remembered at the G'Day USA Australia Day Ball in Manhattan. Ledger's father, Kim Ledger, sent a message which was read by Australia's consul-general. "Heath did not become an actor for the fame or fortune. He loved his craft and he loved helping his friends. He loved chess and skateboarding too," said Kim's letter. "My image of Heath in New York is him with his skateboard, a canvas bag and his beanie. That was Heath to me."

Kim added, "Heath is and always will be an Australian." The Brokeback Mountain star, whose body was found lifeless on Tuesday, is expected to be buried in his home town of Perth, Australia.