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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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46.

Cassey    

OMG I hope this is not true.. I love heath ledger!

2373 days ago
47.

Carol    

It would be nice if people could respond with something besides "first" especially for something tragic like this. Get a damn life people.

2373 days ago
48.

jae    

this is the saddest news all week ive heard. noooooooooooo...

2373 days ago
49.

tellitlikeitis    

NO WAYYYY!!!!!!
I hope this is a rumor. I really do..

2373 days ago
50.

Licorette    

Geez no cute TMZ comment like "The Ledger is closed.? Guess he wasn't well enough known to be stabbed in the back after he crossed over to the other side like Georgia Frontierre and a few others.

2373 days ago
51.

THE TRUTH IS WITHIN ME BITCHES    

WTF!!!! SPEECHLESS!

2373 days ago
52.

Mandy    

You've got to be kidding me!!! This had better be a sick joke!

2373 days ago
53.

//    

I can't believe it--how can this be true?

2373 days ago
54.

Robin    

Holy Deadman batman!!!!

2373 days ago
55.

Kelli    

Holy crap,what!!!!!!

2373 days ago
56.

Licorette    

Geez no cute TMZ comment like "The Ledger is closed.? Guess he wasn't well enough known to be stabbed in the back after he crossed over to the other side like Georgia Frontierre and a few others.

2373 days ago
57.

So Angry!    

First!

2373 days ago
58.

chincho    

WHAT???

2373 days ago
59.

Grant    

Wow! Another star has fallen...........too much.....too fast.......

2373 days ago
60.

Jessica SImpson    

Maybe he has just been sleeping for a long time.

2373 days ago
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