The fate of an eerie video of actor Heath Ledger “drowning” himself, set to a song from late singer/songwriter Nick Drake, is now being mulled by the estate of Drake, who committed suicide in 1974.
Ledger was found dead today (Jan. 22) in a New York apartment, with prescription sleeping pills nearby. An autopsy will be performed tomorrow to determine the cause of death.
The black and white Drake clip, which Ledger shot and edited himself, was included in a multi-media installation, “A Place To Be,” devoted to Drake last summer at Seattle’s Bumbershoot festival. It was also on display during a Drake celebration of the same name in Los Angeles in October.
In it, Ledger turns the camera on himself while Drake’s “Black Eyed Dog” plays. At its conclusion, he drowns himself in a bathtub. “Black Eyed Dog” is allegedly the last song Drake wrote before overdosing on the antidepressant amitriptyline.
Sources confirm the video is the property of the Drake estate, which is deciding whether it will release it in any form.