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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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Chard    

Oh.. My God =oS That's SUCH A Shock =o| WTF.. Woah =o| How?!?! =oS Mad!!

2433 days ago
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ReddestofRoses    

It's sad, but true. CNN is now reporting it. Why do I HOPE it wasn't a drug overdose. smh

2433 days ago
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cpr update    

I am very sad about this. He was an amazing figure of a man. I feel for his daughter and for Michelle. Just horrible.

2433 days ago
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SoliZ's_GuRl    

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww :( RIP

2433 days ago
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priscilla    

OMG he was young poor guy rest in peace his poor daughter

2433 days ago
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Mary Jane    

OMG!! What happened??

2433 days ago
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Sweet    

OMG I really can't believe this . wtf ?

2433 days ago
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annanicolestern    

Shocking!! I hope it wasn't drugs... I Love Brokeback Mountain....

2433 days ago
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mel    

This is so sad. Leaving behind a young daughter and a good x fiance! people need to know their limits on drug use.

2433 days ago
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Joy    

That's sad!

2433 days ago
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lolagarcia    

NO WAY!!!

2433 days ago
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Barb    

What a tragedy...RIP Heath

2433 days ago
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tired of cry baby    

you know it's going to be something bad !! he was a great actor. i could not stand brokeback mountain, but he did great job. wow!

2433 days ago
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dee    

Just heard it too om MSNBC, no mention of why he died just that he was found dead. OMG what a shock!

2433 days ago
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mickey    

how sad :( his poor daughter

2433 days ago
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