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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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76.

looker    

RIP

2278 days ago
77.

Licorette    

No great loss....Surprised Harvey didn't come up with something witty like "The Ledger is now closed"

2278 days ago
78.

Celebrity Whoremonger    

Another hard partying celebrity junkie bites the dust. BOO HOO!

2278 days ago
79.

chanel    

ust seen this on the ews this is so sad my pray go out to himand his family in there time of need

2278 days ago
80.

abbz    

this is so tragic- especially as a parent myself.rip.

2278 days ago
81.

OCD    



Oh, no!


2278 days ago
82.

Anonymous    

apparently his housekeeper found him in his apartment with "pills strewn all around the bedroom", according to MSNBC. So sad and really shocking. RIP

2278 days ago
83.

Georgia Girl    

OMG! Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!

2278 days ago
84.

lency    

WTH...he is so young. My heart goes out to his family.

2278 days ago
85.

And your little dog too...    

SHUT UP!! NO WAY!!

2278 days ago
86.

rakdragon    

such disturbing, sad news... r.i.p.

2278 days ago
87.

brittow    

Who cares if you are freaking first!!

RIP Heath....first Brad, now Heath :(

2278 days ago
88.

ERIKA    

wtf?!?!is this a joke?

2278 days ago
89.

VS    

OMG! I was just reading about him and Michelle and their daughter. Prayers to the family. This I cannot believe.

2278 days ago
90.

Portmanteau    

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG

2278 days ago
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