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Heath Ledger

is Dead

1/22/2008 6:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0122_ledger_ex_1-1TMZ has learned that 2006 Academy Award nominee Heath Ledger has died in NY.

He was found dead in his bed in one of his residences in Soho by his housekeeper at 3:35 PM ET today. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ they believe it was not a crime, adding that prescription pills were found near his body.

According to NYPD a masseuse arrived at Ledger's apartment and was let in by a housekeeper. When Ledger didn't answer his bedroom door, the housekeeper and the masseuse opened it and found him unconscious. They attempted to wake him; when they couldn't, they called 911.

We're told when paramedics responded, the actor was in full cardiac arrest. They attempted to perform CPR on him, but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 28-year-old actor has a two year old daughter with former fiancee Michelle Williams -- they separated in September, 2007. He plays The Joker in the upcoming Batman film, "The Dark Knight" and is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking role as Ennis in "Brokeback Mountain."

We're told Heath had dinner last night with his model girlfriend Gemma Ward.

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1.

Garrett    

Self absorbed drug addict, adios LOSER.

2270 days ago
2.

linda    

you people are pathetic. so another druggie, no talent ass overdoses. he must really be a great guy to leave a small child without a father. he probably wasn't crap anyway. you people need to wake up. most of the country has never heard about this guy. he was just another CELEB with limited talent like all the rest. in a year or less you will never hear his name. you all are a joke. read a book or do something for someone that really needs help. wasting your prayers and OMG / I'M SO SAD,

2228 days ago
3.

Jesse    

OMG...serioously,i really cant blif that he was really dead when i found out tis "breaking news" previously..such a BIG BIG suprise...honestly,i was quite sad even until nw...cz he is 1 my favourite idol.....such a .....haizzzzzzzzzzzzzzz......T_T

2270 days ago
4.

badger    

Im sorry about Heath.
Brokeback Mountain was my ALL-TIME favorite.
Too bad hes gone.
But hes still here.
If you believe so.
My heart goes out to his friends and family.
If you believe hard enough you will feel him by your side.
Hes there if you want him to be.
The first movie I seen him in was 10 Things I hate About You.
It was FANTASTIC.
If I could bring him back to this world phically
I would.
But theres not such thing,
Well there is, but its too far gone to have done so.
Goodnight
And Goodbye
But not for long Heath!

2270 days ago
5.

linda    

good god garrett crawl back under the slime covered rock
for people who are so damn crude and with nothing nice to say SHUT UP

2269 days ago
6.

Patrick    

From France, Heath Ledger tribute in www.youtube.com (Brokeback et Mylène Farmer)

2268 days ago
7.

AL GOREs VAGINA    

GREAT COMMENT " A REAL Cowboy ".................YOU AND I BOTH KNOW WHATS REALLY GOING ON HERE ! HOLLYWOOD GAYS JUST WANT TO TAKE ONE OF THE LAST GOOD BITS OF AMERICANA AND DESTROY IT !!! I DID WATCH THE MOVIE " BAREBACK YOUR A$$ MOUNTAIN " SO THAT I COULD SPEAK INTELLIGENTLY ABOUT IT'S CONTENT. THE BOTTOM LINE ( NO PUN INTENDED ) IS THAT THE WRITER IS A LESBIAN AND THE DIRECTOR IS AN A-HOLE , QUEER FROM COMMUNIST CHINA , WOULD NOT KNOW A F**KING THING ABOUT BEING A REAL COWBOY !!! I HAVE BEEN A MEMBER OF THE PRCA FOR 20 + YEARS-----WON A FEW ------LOST A FEW......BUT ALWAYS SPEAK MY MIND !!! ........YOU KEEP DOING THE SAME---------GOD BLESS !!!!!!!!

2267 days ago
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RexRed    

2266 days ago
9.

cindy harleyrose    

the idiot with the viagra comment should be slapped for such a stupid comment over the loss of a great loving talented son father friend and man. and please she kicked him out... if your going to comment get the facts...

2265 days ago
10.

Njeri    

I have been a great fun of Heath's work since his break on "10 things I hate about you" in 1999. This unfortunate news has really devastated me. His charismatic style, wide smile and great sense of humor made him all the more real. May God rest his soul in eternal peace and be with his family as they mourn his passing.

2265 days ago
11.

Alan    

Last

2263 days ago
12.

liz blake    

He made a ton of enemies with the far right wingers.
Accidental overdosis my ass.
I believe intruders forced him to take the stuff,then left,in that way
for the sake of niceties with the Ausies.Americans killed Heath,nah
I do not believe it,may say a Ausie.

2261 days ago
13.

JEZABEL    

i CANNOT BELIEVE THIS HAPPENED. i FEEL THIS IN THE PIT OF MY STOMACH
BECAUSE HE WAS JUST AN ALL AROUND WONDERFUL MAN WHO SO MUCH LOVED
AND LIVED FOR HIS DAUGHTER. I FEEL HORRIBLE FOR MICHELLE AS WELL.
EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE NOT TOGETHER, THEY HAD A COMMON PURPOSE THAT
WOULD'VE FOREVER TIED THEM TOGETHER AND I KNOW MICHELLE IS HEART
BROKEN BY THIS.TELL ME WHY DOES THE GOOD DIE YOUNG?

2258 days ago
14.

Jessica Simpson    

Its Sad ...
He was my fav.

2257 days ago
15.

love heath forever    

this is so sad.. i think about him everyday. i love you heath

2251 days ago
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