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Andrew Garfield says late actor Heath Ledger was an ‘incredible artist and a gift to the world’

Andrew Garfield says late actor Heath Ledger was an ‘incredible artist and a gift to the world’ as he remembers his co-star 14 years after his death


Andrew Garfield has paid tribute to his late friend and co-star Heath Ledger on the 14th anniversary of his death.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, Andrew recalled how the Australian actor died at the age of 28 halfway through production of their film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus in 2008.

The Spider-Man star, 38, described Heath as ‘an incredible artist and a gift to the world’.

Remembering Heath: Andrew Garfield has paid tribute to his late friend and co-star Heath Ledger on the 14th anniversary of his death. The pair worked together on The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (pictured)

Andrew made the comments while talking about the late composer Jonathan Larson, whom he plays in the new musical drama Tick, Tick… Boom! 

He stressed the importance of telling stories about people who have died, adding: ‘It keeps their spirit here with us no matter if they die at 35 or 80.’ 

In reference to Heath, he said: ‘He died in the middle of a film that we were making together. And also he was just obviously such an incredible artist and a gift to the world and I think the same goes for Jonathan.’

Memory: 'He died in the middle of a film that we were making together. And also he was just obviously such an incredible artist and a gift to the world,' Andrew told Vanity Fair

Memory: ‘He died in the middle of a film that we were making together. And also he was just obviously such an incredible artist and a gift to the world,’ Andrew told Vanity Fair

Andrew told Vulture shortly after Heath’s death how much the actor had taught him on set of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and called his presence ‘electrifying’.

‘The amount of stuff he left me with was astonishing. I will never ever lose hold of what he had to offer. He just had this total spontaneity and the ability to do anything at any point: fly off the handle or joke,’ he said.

Heath’s life was tragically cut short in January 2008 after a fatal prescription drug overdose at his New York apartment. He was just 28 years old.

Tragic: Heath's life was tragically cut short in January 2008 after a fatal prescription drug overdose at his New York apartment. He was just 28 years old

Tragic: Heath’s life was tragically cut short in January 2008 after a fatal prescription drug overdose at his New York apartment. He was just 28 years old

He was said to be struggling with insomnia and anxiety before his death. 

Heath is survived by his daughter Matilda Ledger, now 16, who was two years old when he died. Matilda’s mother is the actress Michelle Williams.

Known for his films 10 Things I Hate About You and A Knight’s Tale, Heath won an Oscar posthumously in 2009 for playing the Joker in The Dark Knight.

Gone too soon: Known for his films 10 Things I Hate About You and A Knight's Tale, Heath won an Oscar posthumously in 2009 for playing the Joker in The Dark Knight

Gone too soon: Known for his films 10 Things I Hate About You and A Knight’s Tale, Heath won an Oscar posthumously in 2009 for playing the Joker in The Dark Knight

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