This is really the kind of shocking, strange news I find hard to believe. Apparently Heath Ledger was found dead in his apartment in New York City. The New York Times has a report that says he was found unconscious by his housekeeper and a masseuse.
“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.”
As a fan of his career, and to think that he was just 28 years old, it seems impossible. But then, it’s probably not a simple case of his heart giving out. According to WNBC:
“Ledger was found with a bottle of pills next to him, according to an NYPD spokesman.”
Over the coming days we’re sure to hear a lot more on what happened, but he was a good actor, and it’s
horrible stupid to think it could be another drug-related death. I will also be curious to see how Warner Bros. and director Christopher Nolan handle the news in light of the upcoming Batman film, The Dark Knight, in which Ledger played the role of The Joker.
Photo of Heath Ledger from the film Brokeback Mountain.