Family holds private memorial for Heath Ledger

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Washington, Jan 28 : A private memorial was held in Los Angeles on Jan 26 for actor Heath Ledger with immediate family and close friends attending.

The discreet 30-minute service, held at Westwood Village Memorial Park, was also attended by Ledger's former girlfriend Naomi Watts.

According to a source, around 8 p.m., a small gathering of black-dressed mourners, including the Australian actress, was seen in the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel for a private event, reports People.

Meanwhile, the 'Brokeback Mountain' star's father, Kim Ledger paid an emotional tribute to his late son in 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 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," he wrote.

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

Ledger will be buried in his hometown of Perth.

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