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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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ed    

how can this be ?

2280 days ago
32.

mook    

this has to be a joke right....

2280 days ago
33.

sam    

Omg, it can't be true. thats just crazy.

2280 days ago
34.

TRACKER    

just heard on fox.doesn,t seem possible............

2280 days ago
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Lori B    

How sad.

2280 days ago
36.

SHE'S AN ATTENTION WHORE    

This is an absolute shocker. I definitely did not see this one coming. I hope it wasn't something self induced, like drugs or something along those lines...

2280 days ago
37.

Steve    

What the hell?? This had got to be some sick joke right?

2280 days ago
38.

MJ RIP    

oh no. His poor children.....

2280 days ago
39.

momwendy    

OMG! I wonder what the hell happened? Tell us more!!!!

2280 days ago
40.

The King    

Two down, one to go!!

2280 days ago
41.

just a thought    

OMG I LOVE HIM NO WAY.. PLEASE SAY IT'S A MISTAKE..

2280 days ago
42.

Party 'till you die!    

What!?! Bad time to be a celeb, or something? That guy was a cool actor too! That sucks!

2280 days ago
43.

ME    

DRUGS? WHAT A SHOCK!!!!

2280 days ago
44.

kim    

OMg this is soooo sad he was so young and he was a good actor I hope its not true...:(

2280 days ago
45.

Mark    

He break his back for reals?......

2280 days ago
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