22 January 2008

Heath Ledger: Tragedy

I literally just saw the incredibly tragic news on television that Heath Ledger, acclaimed actor from films like Monster's Ball (2001) and the landmark Brokeback Mountain (2005), was found dead in his NYC apartment today by his housekeeper. The report said that he was discovered lying on his bed next to numerous medications this afternoon, soon before he was scheduled for a massage. Despite the circumstances, the death is assumed to be an accident. He was twenty-eight years-old.

I'm speechless.

Here is a link to the "Breaking News" article on CNN.com.

From the Times:
"At 3:31 p.m., according to the police, a masseuse arrived at the fourth-floor apartment of the building, at 421 Broome Street, between Crosby and Lafayette Streets in SoHo, for an appointment with Mr. Ledger. The masseuse was let in to the home by a housekeeper, who then knocked on the door of the bedroom Mr. Ledger was in. When no one answered, the housekeeper and the masseuse opened the bedroom and found Mr. Ledger naked and unconscious on a bed, with sleeping pills — both prescription medication and nonprescription — on a night table. They moved his body to the floor and attempted to revive him, but he did not respond. They immediately called the authorities."

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