Rapper releases video directed by Heath Ledger

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SYDNEY: An Australian rapper who was a boyhood friend of Heath Ledger has released a music video the star directed shortly before his death.

N fa Forster-Jones posted the 3 minute, 31 second-clip for his song Cause An Effect on his YouTube and MySpace pages on Thursday, along with a video in which he explains how the project came about.

Ledger, the celebrity-shy star of Batman blockbuster, The Dark Night, and the posthumously released The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, shot a handful of videos for low-profile artists he liked. Ledger died aged 28 in New York from an accidental drug overdose in January 2008.

Forster-Jones, who had been friends with Ledger since they were toddlers in the Australian city of Perth, said the video was shot in one day in the garage of Ledger s beachside apartment.

He gave me a call one morning, as he often did at crazy hours, and he s like, N fa, I ve got this idea for a video, the rapper says in the online posting.

He was basically running around directing me each shot, he said. It was a really cool day.

Every day I count my blessings that I got to have him direct this piece of art, he said.

The video was first shown at a collection of Ledger s work at the Rome Film Festival earlier this month. -AP

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