Who he talked to, where he went and what he had on tap before his tragic passing

By Kristin Boehm
January 24, 2008 02:00 PM
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The evening before he died, Heath Ledger bought groceries and made plans for the following day, PEOPLE has learned.

A “weekly” patron to Gourmet Garage near his Broome Street apartment where he was found dead Tuesday, Ledger, 28, typically grabbed “a few items,” but around 6 p.m. Monday night he stocked up on food that” looked like stuff he would prepare.”

“He had three bags of groceries, mainly produce like fruits and vegetables. I remember he had organic chicken sausages,” Liz Bullis, 22, a grocery clerk for the past five months told PEOPLE. “He packed his own groceries. About half of our customers help out like that. He was always very friendly and pretty quiet.”

Bullis added, “When I heard the news, I thought, ‘This can’t be intentional.’ Why would you stock up on groceries if you were planning something?”

Later that evening, Ledger’s director on the 2002 film Four Feathers, Shekhar Kapur, arrived in New York and called his former star to meet.

“He said he could not see me that night but really wanted to meet me the next day,” Kapur, 62, said. “He made me promise that I would call him in the morning and wake him up. I tried.”

The last person to see Ledger alive was his housekeeper, Teresa Solomon, who arrived at the apartment around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to police.

Solomon went to change a light bulb in a bathroom next to Ledger’s bedroom at 1 p.m., saw him on the bed and heard him snoring, CNN News reported.

It was 2:45 p.m. when masseuse Diana Wolozin arrived at the apartment. She went in to Ledger’s bedroom, saw him lying in bed, and set up a massage table nearby.

Wolozin reportedly shook Ledger after attempts to rouse him on his cell phone failed, and when the actor did not respond, she used the speed dial on Ledger’s phone to call Mary-Kate Olsen.

The masseuse spoke to Olsen, 21, twice before dialing 911 at 3:26 p.m., police sources confirm.

Emergency aid workers arrived at the apartment at almost the exact same time as the security people Olsen sent over – seven minutes later.

Supermodel Helena Christensen, 39, told Women’s Wear Daily that she was about to visit Ledger when she heard of his death. “I was on my way over to pay him a visit when I found out,” she said. “I had just left him a message and heard his voice on the machine.”

Ledger was pronounced dead at at 3:45 p.m.

Reporting by LAURA HAHN

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