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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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the DQ    

Not a bit surprised. He's always seemed like a freak.

2384 days ago
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Jennifer    

OH MY GOD!!! SAY IT ISN'T SOOO!!! I LOVE HIM AND SO DOES MY DAUGHTER!!!!!!!!!!!! NOOOOO!!! AND HIS POOR LITTLE GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2384 days ago
108.

CDD-Mrfriggz    

OMG! I am in shock.... :( What a talented young man. How sad :(((

2384 days ago
109.

reeldancer    

Are you serious? How freaking random!

2384 days ago
110.

Ummmhmmm    

Not meaning to sound rude or insensitive but f*** ,wtf is up with all the celebs dropping like flies ?Damn Man ,may he rest in peace .

2384 days ago
111.

jollyex    

Pagesix.com says it was apparently a drug over-dose. Very, very sad.

2384 days ago
112.

katie    

WHAT? is this really true?

2384 days ago
113.

michele    

OMG NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2384 days ago
114.

Your Mom    

I am in total shock right now. Holy crap! RIP Heath. You'll be missed!

2384 days ago
115.

lolagarcia    

Loved him in A Knight's Tale!!

2384 days ago
116.

So Angry!    

ok he died, rip... now on with the Britney news please!!!

2384 days ago
117.

Celebrity Whoremonger    

My sources tell me this was a suicide. I guess money, fame, and sexy young groupies really can't buy hapiness after all.

2384 days ago
118.

Mrs. Redick    

This is horrible! I wonder what happened...he's got a two year old, that is soooo sad and totally out of nowhere.

2384 days ago
119.

Al    

Is this a Joke-er?

2384 days ago
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jose    

this is so sad i am shocked i just saw it on the cnn website

2384 days ago
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