I didn’t expect to come to work, turn on my computer and find out that one of the actors that I admire the most would be dead. Truly, people around the world must be shocked to find out that 28 year old actor, Heath Ledger was found dead in his New York apartment. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but police suspect that it is an accidental overdose or suicide because prescription-type drugs were found near the body.
Heath Ledger will be remembered for his controversial role as a gay cowboy in Brokeback Mountain, teenaged hearttrob in 10 Things I Hate About You, Mel Gibson’s son in The Patriotand a thatcher’s son turned knight in A Knight’s Tale. He will also be seen as Joker in the upcoming Batman movie, The Dark Knight.
Heath Ledger Found Dead
Heath Ledger was found dead at his Manhattan residence Tuesday, a New York police spokesman confirms. He was 28.
Police say the death may have been drug-related and that “prescription-type drugs” were found near his body.
Ledger was found in the bedroom of his Soho apartment around 3:30 p.m. by his housekeeper and a masseuse who had arrived for an appointment with the actor, according to the Associated Press and New York Times.
Ledger, who was in bed, did not respond when they shook him, and the housekeeper called 911. He was pronounced dead at 3:45 p.m. ET.
Authorities said they did not suspect foul play but that pills were found near the body.
It’s still unclear whether the death was accidental. A medical examiner removed Ledger’s body from the apartment just before 6:30 p.m. ET, and New York City Medical Examiner spokeswoman Ellen Borakove says the autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning.
Despite initial reports that Ledger was subletting the apartment from Mary-Kate Olsen, reps for the actress denied that Olsen ever owned or lived in the apartment.
sourced from People.com