BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Friday, 1 February 2008, 12:10 GMT
Ledger clip ban out of 'respect'
Heath Ledger
Prescription drugs were nearby when Heath Ledger's body was found
A video of Heath Ledger at a Hollywood party saying he used to smoke cannabis has been pulled from US TV "out of respect" for the late actor's family.

The Brokeback Mountain star is apparently heard saying he "used to smoke five joints a day for 20 years".

TV shows Entertainment Tonight and The Insider released a statement saying the footage, thought to have been recorded in January 2006, would not be aired.

The Australian actor died in New York in January at the age of 28.

"Out of respect for Heath Ledger's family, Entertainment Tonight and The Insider have decided not to run the Heath Ledger video that has been circulating in the world media," the statement said.

There were a lot of people who were so appalled
Mara Buxbaum
Ledger's publicist
Ledger's publicist Mara Buxbaum circulated an e-mail around Hollywood calling the video "shameful exploitation of the lowest kind", according to the Reuters news agency.

"There were a lot of people who were so appalled. They stood up for what was right," she said.

Several prescription drugs were found by the actor's body when it was discovered at his Manhattan home last month.

Results of the toxicology tests carried out by medical examiners, which will determine the cause of his death, are expected in the coming days.

The star, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Brokeback Mountain, had a daughter with actress Michelle Williams.

His body has been flown home to Australia for a private burial. A public memorial service has been planned in Los Angeles.

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific