28 year old Austrailian born actor Heath Ledger has been found dead in his Manhattan apartment.
Ledger was found in one of his apartments in Soho by his masseuse and housekeeper this afternoon.
According to NYPD reports, the masseuse arrived at Ledger's apartment and was let in by the housekeeper. When Ledger didn't answer his bedroom door, they opened it to find him unresponsive in his bed with sleeping pills by his side. When they could not wake him they called 911."
He was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:35pm.
Ledger was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Ennis Del Mar in 2005's "Brokeback Mountain." While filming, he met actress Michelle Williams. The two had lived together in Brooklyn and had a daughter, Matilda, until they split up last year.
Ledger was to appear as the Joker this year in "The Dark Night," a sequel to 2005's "Batman Begins" which is in post production at the moment, scheduled for a summer release.
I got the opportunity to meet Ledger once. I'm not going to say I knew him well, but we chatted briefly and from what I could tell, he seemed to be a very friendly, outgoing guy.
He will be missed.