Late actor Heath Ledger's family gathered at an Australian beach on Friday (23Jan09) to remember the star a year after his death.
The Brokeback Mountain actor passed away from an accidental drugs overdose at his New York apartment on 22 January (08).
A year on from the tragedy family members carried out an emotional service on Perth's Cottesloe Beach to remember the star - a day after he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight.
The actor's elder sister Kate released a statement on behalf of the family, which read, "We are still all nursing broken hearts. Like anyone who loses a family member, it has opened our eyes to the intense suffering and painful journey that is death."
And Ledger's half-sister Ashleigh took time out from the service to express her joy at his Oscar nod.
She says, "Although we would love to have him here with us we are so proud and so excited on his behalf. In Heath's words, he had the time of his life portraying The Joker and said that it was the most fun he'd ever had working on a film."