At the time of his death, he was worth millions of dollars. However, who ended up inheriting his considerable fortune is still being determined.

Heath Ledger was a famous Hollywood actor who rose to fame in the early 2000s thanks to his roles in films such as 10 Things I Hate About You, A Knight’s Tale, Brokeback Mountain, and The Dark Knight. Ledger’s career was at an all-time high. However, he tragically died from a drug overdose in 2008 and didn’t get to enjoy the benefits of his success for very long.

He made his acting debut in 1992 with a small role in the family film Clowning Around. After that, he appeared in three episodes of the Australian television series Ship to Shore from 1993 to 1994.

In 1996, Ledger landed a recurring role in the television series Sweat, playing Snowy Bowles. Ledger first experienced Hollywood stardom in 1999 when he starred in the teen comedy 10 Things I Hate About You alongside Julia Stiles.

He later played supporting roles in blockbuster films like The Patriot (2000) and Monster’s Ball (2001), before eventually landing lead roles in movies such as A Knight’s Tale (2001), The Four Feathers (2002), The Order (2003), Ned Kelly (2003), and Casanova (2005).

Heath Ledger received critical acclaim for his roles in Brokeback Mountain (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008).

He passed away on January 22, 2008, at the age of 28, in his New York City apartment due to an accidental prescription drug overdose.

Following his death, there was speculation about the reasons for his overdose. Some rumors playing The Joker in The Dark Knight contributed to the actor’s untimely death.

However, his sister Kate Ledger later denied these rumors, stating he had a fantastic sense of humor and was having fun.

The question remains:   According to CinemaBlend in 2017, Kate Ledger said, “He wasn’t depressed about The Joker.”

Who inherited Heath Ledger’s estate?

After Ledger’s death, Fox News reported that his 2-year-old daughter, Matilda Rose, would inherit his estate worth over $16.3 million.

Additionally, the outlet alleged that Mary-Kate Olsen was dating Ledger right before his death.

Ledger had signed a will before his daughter was born, leaving everything to his parents and three sisters.

Matilda’s mother, Michelle Williams, did not lodge a claim as was speculated.

According to Kim Ledger, the actor’s father, the family has gifted everything to Matilda. There was no claim made. According to Kim Ledger, the actor’s father, the family has given everything to Matilda.