Caitlin Gallagher
Updated Mar 15, 2017 @ 6:01 pm

Some celebrity deaths hit you harder than others — and Heath Ledger’s unexpected death in 2008 left us emotionally devastated. Now, Spike wants to reopen that wound by airing a documentary about Heath Ledger. It will be part of Spike’s I Am documentary series that has covered the deceased icons Bruce Lee, Chris Farley, and John F. Kennedy Jr. before. And just like those previous documentaries, I Am Heath Ledger will be a must-watch for fans of the late actor.

Although it feels like just yesterday, Ledger died in 2008 from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. Beyond his tragic death at the age of 28, this documentary will follow the Australian actor’s life up until then.

That means that I Am Heath Ledger should show his early acting roles, his breakout in 10 Things I Hate About You, his performance in the critically-acclaimed Brokeback Mountain, and his Oscar-winning turn as the Joker in The Dark Knight.

The Ledger documentary will also go into his personal life. Beyond his struggle with addiction, his romantic relationships with famous actresses will undoubtedly be covered.

Fans should expect Ledger’s relationship with Michelle Williams — and their daughter Matilda — to be a heartbreaking main topic.

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The previous I Am documentaries have featured people close to the deceased subjects giving interviews, but there’s no word if Williams will be participating. But considering what a success Ledger was at such a young age, there are sure to be people in Hollywood who want to speak about their co-star and friend.


If you need a moment to emotionally prepare upon hearing the news of this Heath Ledger documentary, we’re sorry to report that you won’t have much time. That’s because I Am Heath Ledger is scheduled to premiere on Spike in May 2017. Get your tissues ready.