Heath Ledger is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the Joker in "The Dark Knight," and today -- the first anniversary of his death -- his sisters Kate and Ashleigh have released a statement regarding today's significance.
Kate said, "Today is the anniversary of Heath's passing. To us (his family) it seems like merely yesterday and we are still all nursing broken hearts. Like anyone who loses a family member, it has opened our eyes to the intense suffering and painful journey that is death."
She added, "We feel truly blessed to have Heath's beautiful daughter, Matilda and her lovely Mom, Michelle in our lives. And although we are physically challenged at times by the tyranny of distance, we are always in constant contact and take every opportunity possible to catch up. Michelle is doing an amazing job with 'our girl' and together we will cherish every moment of her steps through life."
Ashleigh then opened up about the honor Heath received from the Academy today, saying, "Today is also a day for us to celebrate, with the news of Heath's Oscar Nomination. Although we would love to have him here with us, we are so proud and so excited on his behalf. In Heath's words, he had 'the time of his life', portraying 'the Joker' and said that 'it was the most fun he'd ever had making a film'. On Heath's behalf we thank the Motion Picture Academy for recognizing his work."
She added, "What an unbelievable legacy he has left for Matilda and our family. We will take this opportunity today to honour his wonderful life and take comfort in knowing Heath will continue to touch future generations through this amazing art form."
Heath Ledger died January 22, 2008 of an accidental drug overdose.