Sydney, Jan 28 : Heath Ledger's father still remembers his late son as a simple boy on his skateboard riding through the streets of New York with a canvas bag slung over his shoulder.
Kim Ledger paid a touching tribute to his son through a message read out by Australia's Consul-General in New York John Olsen, at the G'Day USA Australia Day Ball in New York.
"Heath is, and always will be, an Australian," wrote Mr Ledger, who arrived to US to escort his son's body back to Perth.
"He adored his home. His last two weeks with us over Christmas in Perth were just bliss.
"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," he wrote.
The crowd present at the event was filled with chills and tears at the speech and later when a minute's silence was observed in his honour, reports News.com.au
Meanwhile, it is believed that the 'Brokeback Mountain' star may have died due to natural causes.
The autopsy reports have failed to find the cause of Ledger's death though the police believe he died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.