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Private Memorial Held in L.A. for Heath

Friends and family gathered in L.A. last night for a private memorial to Heath Ledger.

At Westwood Village Memorial Park, grieving guests - including his former girlfriend Naomi Watts - gathered for 30 minutes before moving to the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Earlier in the day, thousands of guests at the G'Day USA Australia Day Ball in Manhattan got an impromptu message from Heath's father, Kim. A letter to guests, announced through Australia's consul-general, read:

"Heath did not become an actor for the fame or fortune. He loved his craft and he loved helping his friends. He loved chess and skateboarding too.

"My image of Heath in New York is him with his skateboard, a canvas bag and his beanie. That was Heath to me."

Heath's body was flown from New York to Los Angeles yesterday. Sources tell "Extra" a memorial will be held in Heath's hometown of Perth, Australia.