Naomi Watts, Busy Philipps and Jake Gyllenhaal remember Heath Ledger 10 years after his death

Heath Ledger’s ex-girlfriend Naomi Watts (pictured) has led tributes to the late actor on the tenth anniversary of his death.

The Australian actor was found dead in his Manhattan apartment, following an accidental overdose on prescription drugs.

“Thinking about this beautiful soul today,” Naomi Watts wrote on her Instagram, alongside a black and white image of the actor.

“10 years ago he left this world. He was a true original. Heart always on his sleeve, with the most powerful charisma, strength, humor and talent.

“I will never forget his gentle spirit.”

Heath Leger and Naomi Watts dated between 2002 and 2004, and then found new relationships with Liev Schreiber and Michelle Williams.

Heath and Michelle welcomed their daughter Matilda in 2005, who Busy Philipps and Jake Gyllenhaal are the proud godparents of.

Naturally, they too shared emotional words about their dear friend…

“Friendship can’t be explained in a sound bite or can it in three-minute interview and those who can do it I find sort of odd. I happen to not be one of those people,” Jake Gyllenhaal said, when asked about Heath Ledger at the Wildlife premiere at the Sundance Film Festival a few days ago.

“I think Heath meant a lot to a lot of people, the people who were fans and the people who saw his work and were moved by his work and the people who knew him as a person.

“He was just an incredible force and is still missed.”

Busy Philipps also gave a very moving tribute, as she struggled to hold back the tears during an emotional Instagram story to her followers…

“I was just driving and I was thinking about my friend Heath who died 10 years ago and this song came on Time to Pretend which came out.

“It came out after he had passed away and I remember when it came out because I thought…it made me think of him, I just thought he would’ve liked this song.”

Heath Ledger will always be remembered, and we have a feeling that he would have loved all the moving tributes to him ten years on.