Naomi Watts pays tribute to Heath Ledger on 10th anniversary of his death

"I will never forget his gentle spirit."

Naomi Watts has paid tribute to the late Heath Ledger, on the 10th anniversary of his death.

The actor passed away at his home in New York City on January 22, 2008, following an accidental prescription drug overdose. He was 28.

Watts and Ledger dated between 2002 – 2004, and she posted a picture of the actor on her Instagram.

“Thinking about this beautiful soul today,” the actress wrote in the caption.

“10 years he left this world. He was a true original. Heart always on his sleeve, with the most powerful charisma, strength, humour and talent.

“I will never forget his gentle spirit.”

On the day of Ledger’s anniversary, actress Busy Philipps flew to spend time with her best friend, Ledger’s ex-fiancé Michelle Williams.

The pair have a 12-year-old daughter together, Matilda.

Ledger and Williams began dating after meeting on the set of their 2005 film ‘Brokeback Mountain’. They broke up in September 2007, four months before the actor passed away.

Philipps posted a picture of herself and Williams on her Instagram, with the caption: “It’s OK.”

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Model and actress Lily Cole also posted a tribute to the late actor, posting an image of herself and Ledger from ‘The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus’, a film they both starred in, which ended up being Ledger’s last movie.

“I can’t believe it’s ten years since the world lost this most beautiful spirit,” she wrote.

“Heath was so funny, so kind, free minded and creative, playful, so generous and a hundred other positives.

“I feel lucky to have known him, and join the list of so many who miss him.”

Meanwhile, Christian Bale confirmed that Heath Ledger really did ask to be beaten up on the set of ‘The Dark Knight’ revealing: “His commitment was total”.

Ledger went on to win a posthumous Oscar for his performance as The Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’. Earlier this year the actor’s family dismissed suggestions that the role affected his mental health.

Last year, the internet lost it over this hilarious blooper that made it into ‘The Dark Knight’, involving Ledger’s Joker and Aaron Eckhart’s Harvey Dent.