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Though Heath Ledger passed away more than three years ago, his memory is still being treasured by those closest to him. Ledger's former girlfriend, Naomi Watts, opened up about The Dark Knight actor's death in the October issue of More magazine, and says she still holds the relationship close to her heart.
"We had a beautiful relationship, only a couple of years, but he was a man who was completely full of joy, and there was a lot of laughing and affection. He was really a very special soul and made a great impact on my life," the 42-year-old Dream House actress says.
Watts dated Ledger from 2002 to 2004. She has been in a relationship with Liev Schreiber since 2005 and has two sons -- Alexander, 4, and Samuel, 2 -- with the 43-year-old actor.
As someone who lost her own father at a young age, Watts said she can empathize with the struggle Ledger's 5-year-old daughter Matilda (with former girlfriend Michelle Williams) must be going through.
"(Ledger was) a great actor, but I know there was so much more to come. And it’s a tragedy for his little daughter," Watts says. "Not knowing my father always made me feel like a piece of myself was missing or unknown. Not reachable. Growing up, there was this wondering what he would think of me or what I would think of him."
After Ledger's death in 2008, Watts was reportedly a "mess over the death" and canceled many of her press appearances to deal with the tragedy. Nearly a year after his passing, Watts said that it was "still incredibly difficult" to talk about Ledger.