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Heath Ledger has been found dead in his SoHo apartment in New York City.

He was found in his bed by his housekeeper at 3:35 PM ET, reportedly surrounded by pills.

The 28-year-old actor has a 2-year-old daughter, Matilda Rose, with former fiancee Michelle Williams.

Just this past weekend, Heath was in London filming the Terry Gilliam-directed movie The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. The last pictures of Heath were taken this past Saturday–he was dressed in a clown costume.

The Australian-born actor was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005 for his role as gay cowboy Ennis in Brokeback Mountain. He also finished filming his role as The Joker in the new Batman film, The Dark Knight.

UPDATE 1: According to The New York Times, “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. Officials said pills were found near the body.”

UPDATE 2: Heath was found in his bed, naked and face down. There were prescription bottles left uncovered near the deceased–prescription sleeping medication.

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  • http://justjared Momma

    wow they are dropping like flies. I think I will tell anyone to avoid the fame scene

  • kim

    OMG i was just watching about it on MSNBC


  • me

    Nooo! His poor little daughter!

    May he R.I.P.

  • kat

    Omg…wow, didn’t expect that one.

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  • Marty

    RIP Heath..we’ll miss you mate. Heard on the news it was drug related.

  • marn

    R.I.P He was a brilliant actor so sad

  • Anonymous

    This is so sad. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

  • hannah


    You were awesome on home and away back in the days.


  • blah

    OMG ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?! I actually think I might cry


    We’ll miss you Heath! Rest in peace and thank you for your work , especially on Brokeback Mountain. You’re my hero.

    We’ll never forget you!

  • JJ

    thats awful…its just so sad.
    RIP Heath

  • Mary

    Goodbye Ennis.

  • Frenchy

    MY GOD MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • African Girl

    This is so sad. Poor Mathilda

    RIP Heath Ledger.

  • Blayne

    So sad. RIP

  • Carlyyyy

    I can’t believe it…

  • stephiegirl

    wow i can’t believe that.

  • melanie

    this is so horribly sad. they are saying it was a sleeping pill overdose. you just never know what is really going on inside of people……

  • Stephanie

    OMGGG! :[

  • emmie

    OMG I am in complete shock ! my prayers go out to his family!

  • Astrid

    Sounds like suicide. They said on the news that pills were all over the place.

  • Hugo


    He will be missed and his Daughter only 2 Another young life taken by Drugs

  • Whitney

    This is sad….why do so many people throw their lives in the garbage?? He has a child and now she has to grow up without her daddy and the only way she will remember him in through movies. I just don’t get people these days.

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    RIP Heath. I so sad right now.

  • Paulo

    omg noooooo. how sad!

  • lillleeeyyyyy

    nooooooooo !!!!! 10 thing i hate about you was likee my all time favorite movie…this guys was like my idle !!!

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  • ana

    I can’t believe this . I loved him.. RIP heath ledger

  • lol

    Are you serious? Are you sure this isn’t some sort of hoax? It can’t be true! :(

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  • penilyn

    wow! i’m shocked
    his poor little girl :’(

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  • Sam

    OMG…Just heard it on the news and I can’t believe it. My thoughts go out to his family, and especially his daughter

  • T

    He has so much going on for him I can’t believe this, batman coming out, filming that movie, his little matilda.

  • stefanie

    Such a loss of a fine young actor.
    I didn’t even know he was depressed or suffered from depression.
    Remember, suicide is a permanent solution for a temporary problem.
    We all need to pray for his family and especially his little daughter. Poor child, to loose your daddy like that.

    RIP Heath

  • Didi

    how sad and so shocking. poor guy. I feel for his family right now. my heart completely sank when i heard the news.

    why the hell did he kill himself? he had everything to live for and he was only 28. he must have been really depressed. it shows money cant buy happiness.

  • bdj

    Sad News. RIP

  • the_original_nika

    OMG, what the hell… this so unexpected. my prayers go out to his family! poor little matilda..

  • CrazyDaisy

    oh my god this is so sad. =(

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  • Janet

    So sad for his little girl.

  • i said it

    This reminds me of the night River Phoenix died…such a waste! When will we learn that drugs are bad? Damn!! This is so sad. RIP Heath, but I am crying for you. You had a bright future ahead of you, but I guess you couldn’t take it!

  • blah

    HOLY SH*T!! Is all I can say. I’m in complete shock. I really really want to say my condolenses to the family but I just can’t. That would like admitting that its true and I just don’t believe it.

  • stef

    OMG I can’t believe he is dead. He was so young!

    R.I.P. Heath. You will be missed!







  • july

    Oh no, how incredibly sad! This is heartwrenching, he was a great actor

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  • JD

    omg, i just saw this on cnn. i’m in total shock….my hearts go out to the family and especially to his daughter matilda rose.

  • trax2

    wow. that is unsuspected