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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

In Case of Emergency…

posted by on January 23 at 16:29 PM

…call one of the Olsen twins?

The masseuse who discovered the body of Heath Ledger in a Manhattan apartment on Tuesday twice called a friend of his, the actress Mary-Kate Olsen, before calling 911, New York City police officials said on Wednesday.

Apparently Ms. Olsen has her own police force:

A masseuse, Diana Wolozin, arrived to give Mr. Ledger a massage about 2:45 p.m. At 3 p.m., after Mr. Ledger did not emerge from his bedroom, with the door closed, the masseuse called him on his cellphone but got no answer. She entered the bedroom and saw him lying in bed. She took a massage table out of the closet and began to set it up near his bed. She then went over to him and shook him, but got no response. Using his cellphone, she used a speed-dial button to call Ms. Olsen in California to seek her guidance, knowing Ms. Olsen to be a friend of Mr. Ledger’s.

According to the authorities, Ms. Wolozin told Ms. Olsen that Mr. Ledger was unconscious. Ms. Olsen said she would call some private security people she knew in New York, and hung up. Ms. Wolozin again shook Mr. Ledger, called Ms. Olsen a second time, and said she believed the situation was grave and would call 911…. Emergency medical workers arrived at 3:33 p.m., at almost exactly the same moment as a private security guard summoned by Ms. Olsen.

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The Rich and famous and their hired help are not always the brightest and smartest.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | January 23, 2008 4:33 PM

they forgot the "ironic" quotes around "actress".

personally, i would have called Uncle Jesse for help...

Posted by michael strangeways | January 23, 2008 4:37 PM

Well he was in her apartment at the time so it kind of makes sense.

Posted by duh | January 23, 2008 4:42 PM

45 minutes between when she arrived and when the medical people showed up?

nice going.

Posted by konstantConsumer | January 23, 2008 4:43 PM

Dan would have fucked him.

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 23, 2008 4:43 PM

Mr. Poe, that's uncalled for.

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | January 23, 2008 4:44 PM

I sorryz.

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 23, 2008 4:53 PM

who is this Mary Olsen and why does she have her own police force? is this important to the case?

Posted by wow | January 23, 2008 5:04 PM

And it was NOT her apartment, duh. Yes, I know, that was the initial report, but it's not true.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | January 23, 2008 5:14 PM

Back in the day, you called one of Frank's "people" when you had a "situation" ... now, you call an Olsen twin. How times have changed.

Posted by superyeadon | January 23, 2008 5:33 PM

The rich and famous don't follow the same bounds of convention as we do, especially in regards to Laws.

Is it right? Nope.

And Mr. Poe, you're supposed to talk about what you would do (e.g. Mr Poe says "I would have f...ed him, except he was too old for me at 28, so I'll let Dan have him.")

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 23, 2008 5:37 PM

A normal-thinking person would have called 911 within 5 minutes. But I have a feeling if you're a masseuse for hollywood celebrities, you get used to walking in on unconscious people, setting up around them and rousing them long enough to get on the massage table. Oh, and calling other celebrities before alerting the authorities - privacy before safety, kids!

Posted by switzerblog | January 23, 2008 5:43 PM

Our criminal justice system encourages us not to call 9-1-1 for medical assistance if illegal drugs might be involved. My guess is that Olsen referred Ms. Wolozin to a celebrity "I think my friend may have overdosed" service.

see also: A Death in Edmonds, Dominic Holden, The Stranger, January 2, 2008.

Posted by Phil M | January 23, 2008 5:44 PM

will: I think poe woulda said "I would have f...ed him, except he was too young for me at 28, so I'll let Dan have him."

'cause it seems The Poe has a sexxy daddy thing going on. or perhaps i read too much into his admiration of older politico types...nah he likes 'em aged, like fine port and the best stinky cheese.

Posted by pissy mcslogbot | January 23, 2008 5:45 PM

I would have fucked him, provided rigor mortis hadn't set in.

We should put Ms Olsen in charge of Iraq. She seems to be pretty darned efficient when it comes to troop surges.

Posted by kinaidos | January 23, 2008 6:24 PM

@14: Everything Mr. Poe writes makes me laugh, including "and" and "the." I have never seen anyone strike such genius onto the page with so few words in my life.

I think I might be a little in like with Mr. Poe.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | January 23, 2008 6:35 PM

Jub. T. C...pone:

OMG. me 2. I loves him. he's made slog a better and sexxier place. him and neopolitan the 13th. rowrr for those guys, mmmm baby.

ur kinda sweet too.

Posted by pissy mcslogbot | January 23, 2008 6:46 PM

Hey! I'll have you know those talented little Olsen twins can do more than just show up at a Marc Jacobs show and do their patented monkey face! Hmmph!

Posted by OK, everyone Olsen pout now | January 23, 2008 7:09 PM

Let's be fair--for once: if I walked in on Dan Savage sleeping and couldn't wake him up, I'd be a little hesitant to 911 right off the bat. I wouldn't call Andrew Sullivan to ask what to do, but I'd likely call Rakoff. David always knows what to do.

Net-net, it was a difficult and confusing situation, so tread lightly on the judgements.

And the masseuse called 911 when she realized Ledger wasn't breathing.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | January 23, 2008 7:23 PM

I bet any gay male on this Slog would have checked out his SWEET ass and whatever else, just cause that is the way we are.

Calling 911 should always be the first line --- always.

I think I have saved several lives by such calls, a neighbor in heart seizure, a druggie in shock in the empty house down the block


Posted by Freddy | January 23, 2008 7:42 PM

Freddy -- but as Phil M points out @13 points out the laws in many states actively discourage folks from calling 911 in cases of drug overdose.

In Seattle, for example, if you call 911 to report a drug overdose you are quite likely to have the police show up along with the medics.

It is for this reason that New Mexico passed a good Samaritan law last year that essentially holds folks harmless in such situations.

Posted by gnossos | January 23, 2008 7:57 PM

FINE. Fine, you fuckers. I'm taking Mary-Kate Olsen off speed dial and next time I find somebody passed out or I hear gunshots, I won't call her. I'll call, like, that 9-1-whatever phone number like YOU know-it-alls said.

I still think Mary-Kate is the one to call first but if I'm going to be hearing bitch bitch bitch about it afterwards then it ain't worth it. Fuck it then. But the very next call I make is damn well going to be an Olsen twin, like mom taught me.

Posted by elenchos | January 23, 2008 7:59 PM

Much like Bellevue Ave, Mary Kate's security guard was preoccupied with the ramifications of the recent interest rate cuts, and was thus held up and arrived too late to attend to poor Mr. Ledger.

Posted by tsm | January 23, 2008 8:07 PM


Posted by MichaelPgh | January 23, 2008 8:19 PM

Memememememememe!!! Mmmmmm!

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 23, 2008 9:14 PM

Why Mary-Kate and not Ashley? Which is which? I love the Olsen twins!!! The cutest little mafioso (mafiosas???) evarrrr......

Posted by M | January 23, 2008 9:33 PM

As I see it, the number one problem is that Ledger was "friends" with Mary-Kate Olsen.

Posted by keshmeshi | January 23, 2008 10:31 PM

Had Danny Tanner been there, Heath Ledger might still be alive today.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | January 23, 2008 10:31 PM

Now I'm just confused.

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 23, 2008 11:55 PM

It's just stupid, Will. Stupid and sad.

Everyone knows that you need both Olsen twins to bring the dead back to life.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | January 24, 2008 7:05 AM

It's is very, very sad to think it's possible he could have been saved with faster - and more intelligent - action.

Posted by Cat in Chicago | January 24, 2008 9:14 AM

Maybe they went to anorexia rehab together or something. Who knows?

What I want to know is what use someone could possibly have for a rolled up twenty dollar bill other than to snort something with it? Was he such a coke head that he just rolled up twenty dollar bills involuntarily, even when there was no coke around? I'm thinking they are saying there were no "narcotics" on the bill. I'm pretty sure he was crushing and sniffing prescription medication. Maybe medication that Mary-Kate gave him, hmmmmmmmmm...

Posted by Rbeshenk | January 24, 2008 10:28 AM

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