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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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Carol    

Holy cow! What happened?

2403 days ago
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KRTY still Loves Ya    

first RIP

2403 days ago
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Jasmine    

WHAT???????????????????????

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Lolita    

What the?

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Adrienne    

I hope this is a bad joke

2403 days ago
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Rhianon    

OMG WTF?!?!?

2403 days ago
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LDW    

Damn!

2403 days ago
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sassy    

who is he???????????????????

2403 days ago
24.

Something smells fishy...    

WTF??? Brokeback Mountain aka the Joker Heath Ledger. What happened?

2403 days ago
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glitter516    

wtf?

2403 days ago
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ChiTown    

Seriously? Drug overdose or too much Viagra since he seems to hit on everything since leaving Michelle Phillips

2403 days ago
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ME    

WTF?? I"m speechless. Hopefully it's just bad info...

2403 days ago
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Ha Ha    

Oh my God!

2403 days ago
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Just Wondering    

Are you serious??? OMG I can't believe it!!!

2403 days ago
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Gigi    

OMG! WHAT?

2403 days ago
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