Heath Ledger Found Dead at 28 in NYC

Police say his drug overdose death was an accident.
Prescription pills were found near his body.

Heath Ledger arrives at the premiere of the film “Candy” in New York in this November 6, 2006 file photo. Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on January 22, 2008, possibly of a drug overdose, New York City police said.
(REUTERS/Eric Thayer)

A housekeeper found Heath Ledger dead at 3:26 PM today at his New York City apartment. He was 28.
The Associated Press reported:

Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday at a downtown Manhattan apartment, and police said drugs may have been a factor. The Australian-born actor was 28. Ledger had an appointment for a massage at the residence in the tony SoHo neighborhood, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said. A housekeeper who went to let him know the massage therapist had arrived found him dead at 3:26 p.m.

A large crowd of paparazzi and gawkers began gathering Tuesday evening outside the building on an upscale block, where several police officers guarded the door.

Ledger was nominated for an Oscar for “Brokeback Mountain,” where he met Michelle Williams in 2005. The two lived together in Brooklyn and had a daughter, Matilda, until they split up last year…

Ledger was to appear as the Joker this year in “The Dark Knight,” a sequel to 2005’s “Batman Begins.” He’s had starring roles in “A Knight’s Tale” and “The Patriot,” and played the suicidal son of Billy Bob Thornton in “Monster’s Ball.”

Here- Heath Ledger discusses his role as “The Joker” in one of his last interviews in November 2007.
Heathcliff Andrew Ledger (April 4, 1979 – January 22, 2008)
Rest in Peace.


Update: FOX News has a photo from Ledger’s apartment:

Officials remove the body of ‘Brokeback’ actor Heath Ledger, 28, who was found dead in his Manhattan apartment — cops say he was found naked in his bed. (FN)

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