The death of
Heath Ledger prompted the White House to postpone President
Bush's event Wednesday promoting an ad campaign aimed at
preventing prescription drug abuse.
Ledger, 28, who
was nominated for an Oscar for Brokeback Mountain,
was found dead Tuesday in his New York City apartment.
There were sleeping pills near him, but the cause of
his death remains under investigation.
The president was
to make a statement in the Roosevelt Room on the Office
of National Drug Control Policy's television advertisement
about preventing prescription drug abuse. A federally
financed study released in December at the White House
showed illicit drug use by teens continued to
gradually decline overall this year, but the use of
prescription painkillers remained popular among young
White House press
secretary Dana Perino said Bush's event had been
scheduled for a while.
''We thought it
would be better to postpone the event rather than run the
risk of anyone thinking that we were being opportunistic in
highlighting the issue,'' she said. (AP)