Was Heath Ledger Suffering from Bipolar Disorder?

by Tanya Thomas on Oct 29 2008 10:50 AM

Heath Ledger’s sudden death had left many shell-shocked. Now, a biography on the prolific but short-lived career of the Hollywood star suggests that the actor may have been a victim of bipolar disorder.

The book 'Heath: A Family's Tale' says that the disease might be genetic as the late actor's uncle Haydn was recently diagnosed with the Bipolar disorder, a category of mood disorders.

Heath, who died due to accidental overdose of prescription drug, might have had swings between euphoria and despair due to the same disorder, according to the biography by Janet Fife-Yeomans.

"I don't mind people knowing I have bipolar disorder and it's a shame that it took this long to be diagnosed," News Of The world quoted uncle Haydn as telling the author.

The condition can be linked to traumas such as failed relationships.

Heath was devastated by his split last year with long-term love Michelle Williams, his Brokeback Mountain co-star and mother of their daughter Matilda.