Arment Dietrich

Spin While You Sleep

By: Arment Dietrich | February 6, 2008 | 

Blog written by Kristina Burn

When I hear of celebrities going to the hospital or rehab, I tend to roll my eyes and look the other way. But when I heard about Academy Award-nominated Australian actor, Heath Ledger I was heartbroken to find such a talented young actor had passed. He was most notable for his remarkable role in the film, Brokeback Mountain.

So where is the spin in this tragic story you ask? It has nothing to do with Ledger, but with the sleep-assisting drug, Stilnox which was found surrounding the body of Ledger. Because this drug was found at his untimely death, the pill is getting a lot of negative attention from the press. I’m not advocating sleeping pills, nor am I going Tom Cruise and saying people don’t need medication to better their lives.

Even though toxicology reports are still being awaited whether the drug is linked to Ledger, the media are already spinning the story by mentioning the drug in association with his death. This is creating an immediate PR crisis for the pharmaceutical company. The press needs to get their facts straight before ruining the reputation of a pharmaceutical company who provides jobs for millions of people.

  • And what about the reputation of Heath Ledger? The media is already assuming he OD’d on drugs because they’re painting him to be a party animal. They’re also, for the first time in a year, stating that drugs and alcohol broke up he and Michelle Williams. This is all speculation. As scary as it sounds, I hope they find he died of natural causes and put all the cynics to shame.

  • Daniel Ohman

    It is a terrible shame that when the media fills societies’ heads with such brash speculations. I haven’t heard if Stilnox has issued any statements concerning the tragedy and the relation to the drug, but they most definitely should. Taking a proactive approach and showing that they are concerned with the incident shows that they do have some depth to themselves as a company who makes medication to help people and not just for a profit. Fight the spin any way we can!

  • Kristina

    It’s appalling when the media tries to dismantle high-profile families just so they can have a story. Even though this has been ruled as an accidental overdose today, I hope they give Heath’s family the time to grieve without added speculation.