The "Brokeback Mountain" star said of her co-star in that film and for the last few years of his life, that her daughter Matilda is the "spitting image of her father."
The actress released a statement that reflected a woman who is deeply in mourning. She asks the public to grant her and her daughter their solitude.
"Please respect our need to grieve privately," Williams said her statement.
"My heart is broken. I am the mother of the most tender-hearted, high-spirited, beautiful little girl who is the spitting image of her father. All that I can cling to is his presence inside her that reveals itself every day."
She went on to say that "his (Ledger's) family and I watch Matilda as she whispers to trees, hugs animals, and takes steps two at a time, and we know that he is with us still," Williams said. "She will be brought up in the best memories of him."
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