Autopsy on Heath Ledger fails to identify cause of death

An autopsy on actor Heath Ledger was inconclusive, and more tests are needed, the medical examiner’s
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An autopsy on Heath Ledger was inconclusive, and more tests are needed, the medical examiner’s office said this morning, a day after the 28-year-old actor was found dead with sleeping pills nearby.

It will take about 10 days to complete the investigation, said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner.

Earlier, police said the death was caused by a possible drug overdose and appeared to be accidental.

Fans left flowers and candles outside the apartment building in Manhattan’s SoHo where the body of the Oscar-nominated star of “Brokeback Mountain” was found.

The Australian-born actor was found dead Tuesday by his housekeeper and masseuse — lying naked and face-down at the foot of his bed, with prescription sleeping pills nearby, police said.

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