Family and friends of Heath Ledger have paid tribute to the actor at a memorial service in his home town of Perth.

Tributes to the former Brokeback Mountain star have been coming in from across the world ever since his death at the age of 28 from an accidental overdose of different prescription medicines on January 22nd.

Over 500 people, including his former fiancée Michelle Williams, actress Cate Blanchett and Australian celebrities, were present at the service.

Ledger's father Kim said a private funeral would be held for his son as he appealed to the media to respect the family's privacy.

"The funeral will be very, very private and there will only be ten people there, immediate family and nobody else.

"It's a pretty sad time. We're finding it difficult to cope by ourselves, let alone cope with everybody around the world. Having said that, we do really appreciate the outpouring and the emotional support from all over the globe," he added.

A wake was then held at nearby Cottesloe Beach, which was one of Ledger's favourite spots for surfing. A memorial service was held for the actor in Los Angeles last week.

09/02/2008 12:18:38