Jack Nicholson warned Heath Ledger about sleeping pills

Jan 24, 2008 at 3:43 p.m. ET

Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson says he warned Heath Ledger about the dangers of Ambien before the actor’s tragic death.

"Heath's death is tragic news," Nicholson said. "I warned him about Ambien. I took it once and somebody called me in the middle of the night and I woke up in my car 50 yards from my house. I almost drove off a cliff. I didn't know where I was." 

Nicholson originated the role of The Joker in the Batman films, which Ledger continued in the upcoming release "The Dark Knight."

Six prescription drugs were found near Ledger's body, including Ambien, Valium, anti-depressant Zoloft, Xanax, Zoplicone and Donormyl, used to treat extreme insomnia. Police have stated that the pills were all in sealed bottles, not strewn about the bed or room as had been reported in the media.

To see the promise of an actor who's star was dimmed too early, check out this early trailer for the latest Batman. Ledger is, as usual, brilliant. It is Ledger's voice haunting the preview's voice over.