Michelle Wiliams is speaking publicly for the first time since the tragic death of Heath Ledger.

The grieving actress' publicist released a statement on Friday. It reads:

"Please respect our need to grieve privately. 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. His 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. She will be brought up with the best memories of him."

I just thought this statement was so sad and beautiful. I try not to get emotional about celebrity stuff or people I don't know.  But I think being a mother and seeing something like this happening to a child just makes more emotional and vulnerable to these situations.  

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Feb. 1, 2008 at 6:49 PM I feel so bad for that little girl.  He was one of my favorite actors, and he was so young - it kind of hit me harder than most do.  It is such an eloquent statement.  She's so full of grace.

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