Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Heath Ledger dead at 28
Heath Ledger was found dead yesterday, Tuesday, in a Manhattan apartment, naked in bed with sleeping pills nearby. The Australian Perth-born actor was 28. His role as a gay cowboy in 2005 movie "Brokeback Mountain" earned him a nomination for an Academy Award.
According to MSNBC, it wasn’t immediately clear if Ledger had committed suicide. He had an appointment for a massage at the residence in the tony neighborhood of SoHo. A housekeeper who went to let him know the massage therapist had arrived and found him unconscious at 3:26 p.m.
NYPD is investigating the possibility of an overdose.
A source told msnbc.com that Ledger had been turning down roles lately.
As word of the death spread, a crowd had gathered outside the upscale apartment in SoHo in time to see Mr. Ledger's body removed. An autopsy was planned for Wednesday.
R.I.P. Heath Ledger.
MSNBC story: Heath Ledger found dead in NYC apartment
NY Times story: Heath Ledger, Actor, Is Found Dead at 28
NY Times photos