Sadly, Australian actor Heath Ledger, 28, passed away in NYC on Tuesday. Heath leaves behind Matilda Rose, 2, his daughter with former fiancee Michelle Williams. To commemorate Heath’s life and dedication to his daughter, we’ve put together memories and photos of his time with Matilda. While they spent only two years together, Matilda will surely be reminded of her father for years to come. An incredible talent and a loss not only for his family and Australians, but for fans world wide.

Heath and Michelle met on the set of Brokeback Mountain in 2004 and welcomed their daughter Matilda Rose Ledger, on October 28th, 2005. Since then the family has lived between their homes in NYC and LA, as well as visiting Heath’s family in Sydney and Perth, Australia. Unfortunately, the couple split last fall and since then Matilda has spent time with both her parents.

Like many men, Heath explained that while it was the most joyous occasion of his life, Matilda’s birth in 2005 was a tough experience. Heath said that he had "never felt so useless" while watching the birth,

Photo by Ramey.

Heath also discussed his and Michelle’s baby name choice, saying,

Heath added that the name plays homage to his heritage — many believe that the Australian national anthem should be "Waltzing Matilda," while Michelle added that it was also inspired by the Roald Dahl novel.

Roles also changed once the baby arrived with Heath being generally busy with house duties…but loving the experience.


He took a paternity leave after Matilda arrived as well.

Calling Michelle ‘the perfect mom,’ he revealed,

Ruminating on fatherhood, Heath shared,

While Matilda was born in NYC, Heath always wanted her to spend as much time in Australia as possible. The family had a home in Bronte and returned to the Australian shores in January 2006, and also for Christmas in 2006. He spent the 2007 holidays there as well. Heath said in 2006:

This past fall, when asked how fatherhood had changed his life, Heath replied,


Click below for more photos of Heath, Michelle and Matilda.

Photo by Ramey.