Four days after Heath Ledger's shocking death, preparations are under way to take him to his final resting place.
Despite enormous public interest, Ledger's family is keeping funeral arrangements private. They arrived in Manhattan yesterday for a viewing at the Frank E. Campbell funeral home, where Ledger's body had been taken.
Fans of the "Brokeback Mountain" star lined the streets and paparazzi snapped away over eerie silence as Ledger's coffin was seen being taken out of the funeral home around 4pm yesterday. No word has been given yet on where it was taken.
On Friday, actress Mary-Kate Olsen, who has been embroiled in the tragedy, released her first statement on Ledger's death.
"Heath was a friend. His death is a tragic loss. My thoughts are with his family during this very difficult time," Olsen said in a statement released through her representative.
Upon finding Ledger's lifeless body Tuesday, Ledger's massage therapist called Olsen three times before dialing 911, according to police. She then called Olsen again after the 911 call, police said.
Police said the masseuse, Diane Wolozin, spent nine minutes repeatedly ringing the 21-year-old actress before calling authorities for help.
The masseuse called Olsen a fourth time after paramedics arrived -- at the same time as Olsen's security guards.
Though authorities believe Ledger, 28, was already dead by time Wolozin arrived, the calls shed light on the events surrounding the actor's death and his relationship with Olsen. An unnamed source told People magazine that the two "were casually dating for three months before Heath's death," and that they "had a bond that was based on partying."
Police insist they have no interest in interviewing Olsen.
"Good Morning America" aired statements from Ledger's father, Kim, and sister, Kate.
"We were the ultimate in soul mates. I feel both my heart and life have been torn apart. I loved our special talks, our daily chats from wherever you were in the world," Kate's statement read.
Ledger's father lamented the loss of a great son and chess partner.
"My beautiful boy, so loving, so talented, so independent, so caring, so young … no more chess games mate … this is it, couldn't beat you anyway!" his statement read.
Ledger's former fiancee Michelle Williams clutched their 2-year-old daughter, Matilda, as she returned to the Brooklyn townhouse that she once shared with the "Brokeback Mountain" star Wednesday night.
Williams appeared drawn and tired as she emerged from a large black SUV. She had rushed back from Sweden, where she was filming a movie, after learning of Ledger's death.
Outside the building there were tributes to Ledger, including a teddy bear that had a note reading, "Stay strong. Just Remember he loved you and your baby very much."
Williams did not speak to the horde of reporters and photographers before she hurried into her home.
Ledger was found in bed in his rented SoHo loft Tuesday with several bottles of prescription drugs nearby. A preliminary autopsy completed Wednesday was unable to determine what killed the actor.
Police told ABC News that the medications may have played a part in the death, which appeared to be accidental.