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Actor Heath Ledger dies at 28

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« on: January 22, 2008, 04:44:47 pm »

Actor Heath Ledger dies at 28

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Police: Ledger's housekeeper found him unresponsive in his Manhattan apartment

Ledger was declared dead at about 3:30 p.m.

The Academy Award nominated actor was the father of a young daughter

Police: Pills that appear to be over-the-counter sleeping medication found near bed

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NEW YORK (CNN) -- Actor Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday of a possible drug overdose in a Lower Manhattan apartment, the New York Police Department said.

Heath Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment.

 The Academy Award nominated actor was 28.

"Pills were found in the vicinity of the bed," police spokesman Paul Browne told CNN.

"This is being looked at as a possible overdose, but that is not confirmed yet."

The pills appeared to be over-the-counter sleeping medication, said police spokeswoman Barbara Chen.

Ledger was unresponsive when he was found by a housekeeper who had gone to wake him for an appointment with a masseuse in the Soho apartment, Browne said.

He was declared dead at about 3:30 p.m., Browne said.

In 2005, the actor played Ennis Del Mar in "Brokeback Mountain," about two cowboys who had a secret relationship.

The role earned him the Oscar nomination.

Ledger was born in Perth, Australia. He has a young daughter with actress Michelle Williams, his co-star in "Brokeback Mountain."

"He was just so respected in the industry," said Kim Serafin, senior editor of In Touch Weekly. "It's just horribly tragic. He was just a fine actor and a good person, so this is horribly sad and very unexpected." E-mail to a friend

CNN's Deb Feyerick contributed to this story.
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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2008, 11:04:23 pm »

It's a shame.  He was a brilliant young actor who was up and coming.
I do hope that it wasn't a suicide, it is truly a shame when people go so young with their best part of their lives before them - James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Mozart come to mind. 

This type of behavior you could almost expect from Britney Spears but Heath Ledger?  He did not seem the type.
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