ReliaStar Life Insurance Company has settled a claim for the estate of Heath Ledger. It has agreed to pay on the $10 million policy claim that is due to Ledger’s two-year-old daughter Matilda Rose.
The insurance company had tried to get out of paying the claim citing that the actor’s death might have been a suicide. Had that been the case the policy would have been null and void.
Heath Ledger’s death was ruled an accidental prescription-drug overdose. The actor died last January. He was discovered by a masseur coming for an appointment. His death shocked many.
Attorney William Shernoff filed a lawsuit on behalf of Matilda last July. He argued that the claim was due to the child as Ledger’s beneficiary. After the suit was filed the two sides negotiated. The insurance company finally decided to pay an undisclosed amount. The details to the agreement are closed.