PERTH, Australia – Heath Ledger's former girlfriend and "Brokeback Mountain" co-star Michelle Williams arrived in Perth for the actor's funeral Wednesday with their 2-year-old daughter, Australian media reported.
Dressed in black, Williams carried her daughter, Matilda, into the airport terminal after arriving from New York, News. Ltd. newspapers reported on its Web site.
The 27-year-old Williams and Ledger became a couple during filming of the gay romance "Brokeback Mountain" in which they costarred as husband and wife. They later moved to New York, and had Matilda, who was born October 2005.
Mara Buxbaum, a publicist who represents both Ledger and Williams, didn't immediately respond to a reporter's e-mail seeking confirmation of Williams' arrival in Perth.
Earlier Wednesday, a handful of young people in casual wear were seen entering or leaving the house of Ledger's mother, Sally Ledger-Bell, without speaking to reporters waiting outside.
Ledger's parents and other close relatives arrived Tuesday in Perth after spending nearly two weeks in the U.S. immediately following his death.
Family members attended a memorial ceremony in Los Angeles at the weekend, but have kept funeral arrangements a closely guarded secret. They are reportedly planning a private service in Perth and will either bury his body or inter his cremated remains in the city.
There was no indication that Ledger's remains have arrived in Australia. There was no sign of activity at the family's plot in Karrakatta Cemetery Wednesday.
Ledger, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role in "Brokeback Mountain," died in his New York City apartment Jan. 22. He was 28. Authorities suspect a drug overdose, but toxicology tests are still pending. Police said several prescription drugs were found in the apartment where his body was found.
The New York Chief Medical Examiner's Office is expected to comment this week on the cause of Ledger's death, after the results of toxicology tests are received.
Buxbaum has said the family wants to keep funeral arrangements private, and Williams has requested privacy for those in mourning.
Ledger's "Brokeback Mountain" co-star Jake Gyllenhaal also plans to attend the funeral, according to local media reports.
As Ledger's hometown prepared for his funeral, residents of the idyllic and isolated city in the southwest corner of Australia expressed sadness at his sudden death — and outrage at rumors that he was a drug user.
Much of that speculation was fueled by video footage showing Ledger at a Hollywood hotel party where drugs were being taken two years ago.
Ledger was a source of pride for Perth — a metropolis of about 1.3 million people that lies on the edge of Australia's vast Outback and is thousands of kilometers (miles) from the nearest major city.