Awfully sad, both for his young daughter and his family.
From an American news site:
The actor Heath Ledger was found dead this afternoon in an apartment building at 421 Broome Street in SoHo, according to the New York City police. Mr. Ledger was 28. At 3:31 p.m., a masseuse arrived at Apartment 5A in the building for an appointment with Mr. Ledger, the police said. The masseuse was let in to the home by a housekeeper, who then knocked on the door of Mr. Ledger’s bedroom. When no one answered, the housekeeper and the masseuse opened the bedroom and found Mr. Ledger unconscious. They shook him, but he did not respond. They immediately called the authorities. The police said they did not suspect foul play and said they found pills near body. Mr. Ledger, a native of Australia, won acclaim for his role as a co-star in “Brokeback Mountain”, a 2005 film.
Last Edit: Jan 22, 2008 22:05:57 GMT by pauliepoos
Shit, this is awful. I loved him in practically everything he ever did! It'll be weird watching the new Batman film
My little sister told me on the phone as I was clambering onto the train and my yelping shriek of 'oh my god' made for quite an embarrassing moment as many people turned to stare. I am seriously shocked.
The thing that gets me (and maybe this is me being old fashioned and showing my years), but there seems to be no respect for the dead at all. He was found three hours ago, and already all the gossip sites have trawled youtube for videos "clearly showing he was under the influence of drugs", not to mention streaming coverage of his corpse being removed from the building.
I'm being naive I know, in this day of 24 hour news this is to be expected, but come on, he's not even cold yet and the news is rife with speculation on how much of a druggy he was/was it an accident/what was he wearing etc etc.
As you can imagine over here in Oz it's seriously big news, ironically most of the main entertainment jurnos are in New York as there's some celebration of the country there to mark Australia Day. Needless to say they have been clamouring over each other to get the exclusives.