Heath Ledger found dead

January 22nd, 2008 // 535 Comments

Heath Ledger was found dead today in a New York City apartment owned by Mary-Kate Olsen according to the New York Times:

At 3:31 p.m., a masseuse arrived at Apartment 5A in the building for an appointment with Mr. Ledger, the police said. The masseuse was let in to the home by a housekeeper, who then knocked on the door of Mr. Ledger’s bedroom. When no one answered, the housekeeper and the masseuse opened the bedroom and found Mr. Ledger unconscious. They shook him, but he did not respond. They immediately called the authorities.
The police said they did not suspect foul play. Officials said pills were found near the body.

TMZ reports Heath Ledger was in full cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived and was announced dead at the scene.

UPDATE: Heath Ledger was reportedly suffering from pneumonia, according to TMZ. The pills were over the counter sleeping pills and accidental overdose is not being ruled out. An autopsy is being performed tomorrow.

Photo: Getty Image
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  1. RENEE...

    Reading some comments on this site…so many sickos, it so sad to see what this world is coming to. A life is a life, a soul is a soul. Stop judging what trials and tribulations others go through; drug addiction, etc. We all suffer in some way or another; no matter how rich or poor. Hell is here on earth. Without a doubt, Heath is in a better place now and at peace.

  2. FCS

    Has anyone checked to see if it was a stingray that caused this? Cause shit like that happens all the time to Australians.

  3. LAST! Now let it go.

  4. LAST! Now let it go.

  5. Pantsless

    #418 nah I’m more ashamed for you, pouring your heart out on the internet like a 11 year old girl. First day on the internet? Hint: there are some jerks out here (and porn too, be carefull.)

  6. emma

    Really sad news, I thought he was excellent in Monsters Ball. Feelings going out to his family, and his daughter who’ll now never know her father.

  7. emma

    Really sad news, I thought he was excellent in Monsters Ball. Feelings going out to his family, and his daughter who’ll now never know her father.

  8. cat

    Why guys breaking up with Kate Hudson and then commit suicide… now, she is cute but not that cute…

  9. cat

    Why guys breaking up with Kate Hudson commit suicide… now, she is cute but not that cute…

  10. solidblur

    This was to be expected. Remember: all cool people die at 27-28. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain… with the only exception of Bill Hicks, 34.

    RIP Heath

    PS: Hendrix is on harp tonight buddy, don’t miss out.

  11. assmonkey

    very sad to hear. but the dude had the nastiest of hair.

  12. assmonkey

    i can’t believe all comments from USA Today are focused on the Bible, politics, or theories of drug OD.

    All hail the king of ultra gay boy’s fantasy.

  13. heath is dead ha ha

    His daughter…ha! Maybe she does know him and slipped him sleeping pills because he was a total jackass?

    Or maybe Mary Kate (or that other fuckwad) killed him over a piece of chicken.

  14. ALEX

    You all the people who wrote above get F….. because the most important thing of all this bull…. is that a person who you never meet is dead.So if you don’t give a damn f… then just do your way but if you do then think about him as a human person.Please respect the death, one day or another it will knock your door…
    RIP

  15. ALEX

    You all the people who wrote above get F….. because the most important thing of allthis bull…. is that a person who you never meet is dead.So if you don’t give a damn f… then just do your way but if you do then think about him as a human person.Please respect the death, one day or another it will knock your door…
    RIP

  16. Nikky Raney

    rip

  17. patrick

    rest in peace

  18. caca smells

    How sad, he was so young and his daughter was only 2 yrs old.

  19. alaina

    #163, I will seriously sleep with you since you made me laugh so hard.
    HAAAAAAAAAAARD
    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAARD
    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADER
    YES!

  20. lindsay

    I LOVE HOW YOU IDIOTS ARE POSTING HOW ‘SAD’ YOU ARE THAT THIS HAPPENED.

    MEANWHILE, IN IRAQ, YET ANOTHER SON/HUSBAND/FATHER HAS BEEN KILLED TODAY.

    i guess it only matters when theyre famous.
    idiots.

  21. gina

    I cannot believe how inconsiderate, disrespectful, ignorant people there is in this world! It is obvious many of you have not actually read. Heath Ledger had an anxiety problem, insomia, and was very ill. He was taking prescribed pills for them. He was NOT taking illegal drugs. Also, Heath was physically drained, thus decreasing his defenses of his immune system. If people have actually read they would see Heath was not depressed or any of that bullshit. Heath loved life very much. When you get sick, what do you do? You take medication to get better. Sometimes people take a little more of the doseage they are suppose to, to get better quicker. Probably that’s what he thought and obviously did. its ok if people didn’t like him or didn’t know who he was. What’s not ok is people writing all these ignorant stupid comments. Have some respect for the dead. It is clear many of you were raised by uneducated trash without any morals whatsoever. It saddens me how many people in this world have no soul. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Oh, and do tell the thing that raised you idiots that too.

  22. gina

    I cannot believe how inconsiderate, disrespectful, ignorant people there is in this world! It is obvious many of you have not actually read. Heath Ledger had an anxiety problem, insomia, and was very ill. He was taking prescribed pills for them. He was NOT taking illegal drugs. Also, Heath was physically drained, thus decreasing his defenses of his immune system. If people have actually read they would see Heath was not depressed or any of that bullshit. Heath loved life very much. When you get sick, what do you do? You take medication to get better. Sometimes people take a little more of the doseage they are suppose to, to get better quicker. Probably that’s what he thought and obviously did. its ok if people didn’t like him or didn’t know who he was. What’s not ok is people writing all these ignorant stupid comments. Have some respect for the dead. It is clear many of you were raised by uneducated trash without any morals whatsoever. It saddens me how many people in this world have no soul. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Oh, and do tell the thing that raised you idiots that too.

  23. gina

    I cannot believe how inconsiderate, disrespectful, ignorant people there is in this world! It is obvious many of you have not actually read. Heath Ledger had an anxiety problem, insomia, and was very ill. He was taking prescribed pills for them. He was NOT taking illegal drugs. Also, Heath was physically drained, thus decreasing his defenses of his immune system. If people have actually read they would see Heath was not depressed or any of that bullshit. Heath loved life very much. When you get sick, what do you do? You take medication to get better. Sometimes people take a little more of the doseage they are suppose to, to get better quicker. Probably that’s what he thought and obviously did. its ok if people didn’t like him or didn’t know who he was. What’s not ok is people writing all these ignorant stupid comments. Have some respect for the dead. It is clear many of you were raised by uneducated trash without any morals whatsoever. It saddens me how many people in this world have no soul. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Oh, and do tell the thing that raised you idiots that too.

  24. gina

    I cannot believe how inconsiderate, disrespectful, ignorant people there is in this world! It is obvious many of you have not actually read. Heath Ledger had an anxiety problem, insomia, and was very ill. He was taking prescribed pills for them. He was NOT taking illegal drugs. Also, Heath was physically drained, thus decreasing his defenses of his immune system. If people have actually read they would see Heath was not depressed or any of that bullshit. Heath loved life very much. When you get sick, what do you do? You take medication to get better. Sometimes people take a little more of the doseage they are suppose to, to get better quicker. Probably that’s what he thought and obviously did. its ok if people didn’t like him or didn’t know who he was. What’s not ok is people writing all these ignorant stupid comments. Have some respect for the dead. It is clear many of you were raised by uneducated trash without any morals whatsoever. It saddens me how many people in this world have no soul. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Oh, and do tell the thing that raised you idiots that too.

  25. gina

    I cannot believe how inconsiderate, disrespectful, ignorant people there is in this world! It is obvious many of you have not actually read. Heath Ledger had an anxiety problem, insomia, and was very ill. He was taking prescribed pills for them. He was NOT taking illegal drugs. Also, Heath was physically drained, thus decreasing his defenses of his immune system. If people have actually read they would see Heath was not depressed or any of that bullshit. Heath loved life very much. When you get sick, what do you do? You take medication to get better. Sometimes people take a little more of the doseage they are suppose to, to get better quicker. Probably he had a cardiac arrest by taking too many pills to make himself better and died. its ok if people didn’t like him or didn’t know who he was. What’s not ok is people writing all these ignorant stupid comments. Have some respect for the dead. It is clear many of you were raised by uneducated trash without any morals whatsoever. It saddens me how many people in this world have no soul. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Oh, and do tell the thing that raised you idiots that too.

  26. gina

    I cannot believe how inconsiderate, disrespectful, ignorant people there is in this world! It is obvious many of you have not actually read. Heath Ledger had an anxiety problem, insomia, and was very ill. He was taking prescribed pills for them. He was NOT taking illegal drugs. Also, Heath was physically drained, thus decreasing his defenses of his immune system. If people have actually read they would see Heath was not depressed or any of that bullshit. Heath loved life very much. When you get sick, what do you do? You take medication to get better. Sometimes people take a little more of the doseage they are suppose to, to get better quicker. Probably he had a cardiac arrest by taking too many pills to make himself better and died. its ok if people didn’t like him or didn’t know who he was. What’s not ok is people writing all these ignorant stupid comments. Have some respect for the dead. It is clear many of you were raised by uneducated trash without any morals whatsoever. It saddens me how many people in this world have no soul. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Oh, and do tell the thing that raised you idiots that too.

  27. Laura

    Broke my heart. Such a talented, beautiful and very young man. :(

  28. Gemma

    Anyone who has a bad word to say so soon after Heath Ledgers death is a dispicable pathetic low life with no respect for anyone but their selfish hell hole of a existence. How dare you.

    You have never met the man, dont condemn someone on your rediculous presumptions based on bullshit.
    And have the common decency to give the man some god damn respect. hes been dead less than 48 hours you scumbags……

    Heath is not a druggie

    He was on medication for anxiety and insomnia.

    If the people who know him best, his sister and his parents, beleive he didnt kill himself, and they ACTUALLY know him unlike you, then its highly likely he didnt kill himself.

    And quite frankly, i mean no disrespect to the majority of Americans who actually have common decency and respect for the recently passed away REGARDLESS of the reason.
    BUT

    The rest of you, You didnt know him, you didnt watch him grow up, you have never met him, you didnt see him as a young kid get his first acting role in his home country, you walk around like his just another one of your disgustingly trashy celebs who fuck up their lives. Like he is just another celeb. To you maybe, but not to me, nor to Australians.

    To most Australians, he is not just some other celeb, he is one of our golden boys, born and bred here. EVERYONE in Australia who ever met him spoke of him being friendly and kind hearted to those closest to him. He is the quintessential aussie guy, and many people considered him like a friend because he was easy to relate to. See to us, he wasnt just some actor. he was an ambassador for our country, He said what he thought, he didnt pander to Hollywoods wants.

    He was well loved, well respected. Heath didnt want the fame that came with the job. He avoided Sydney because the paparazzi harassed him too much.

    He comes to your country, and when he dies all you can do abuse him?? Its pathetic, disgusting, atrocious, despicable. I hope, when someone you respect and admire dies there is someone you know who makes a mockery of it, and then tells you to get over it. Because its what you honestly deserve.

    RIP Heath, you are a well respected, down to earth, Australian.

    Heath – Australian first and foremost, actor second.

  29. menotrouble

    @520 lindsay (NB!): Crawl back under the stairs, you are not the patriot you think you are, but just a stupid, self-righteous jerk (and by no means female, obviously, nice try).
    How dare you insult people who say a death of man at the age of 28 is sad? How dare you tell anyone they care about famous people only? What do you know? There may be people posting here who lost there not-so-famous fathers, brothers or friends in that war. Think about it. They might have lost loved ones recently, like people do all the time, in accidents, to alcohol or drugs, violence or AIDS, cancer, whatever. And still they think a young man dying at the age of 28 is sad.
    And you tell those people whom they are supposed to feel sad for? You are the chosen one or something?
    Sad fuck.

  30. Hookah

    Only the good die young. Heath died for Britney and LiLo.

  31. Marty

    Funny thing, don’t the scientologists do TOUCH ASSIST? I wouldn’t be surprised if they were behind it all. I mean look at how quick those Scientologists appear after the fact. It’s like they are covering up their cat sh*t. People don’t just drop dead at 28 like that. It is an actor. And why did that lady call another actor instead of 911? Maybe because this is all part of their scientology conspiracy. Notice how that homo Travolta is going around talking up a storm. A recruit gone bad? Sounds like it to me. Pills can easily be put up in people’s names in case it all goes wrong. Don’t put it past them. These freakos stop at nothing.

  32. Last Comment

    lets put a smile on that face

  33. Nona # 480

    DNRIP !

    SIMPLE Q.

    would you feel sorry for …

    (1000 000) One million Iraqis have been killed in the violence caused by the US-led invasion of March 2003, an independent think tank estimated based on the study published in prestigious medical journal The Lancet and the online civilian casualty database Iraq Body Count.

    Just Foreign Policy pointed out that since the last scientific estimate of 601,000 violent Iraqi deaths attributable to the U.S.-led invasion was made over a year ago, it necessarily does not include Iraqis who have been killed since then.

    “The Lancet study was based on a survey completed in July 2006. So, although at the time it was the best, indeed the only scientific estimate of Iraqi deaths, it is now a year old,” Robert Naiman, National coordinator and senior policy analyst at Just Foreign Policy, said. “We wanted to provide an update of that so we have extrapolated from the numbers that the Lancet study reported, using the trend provided by the deaths reported by Iraq Body Count, which counts deaths reported in Western media. And our online estimate now stands at 999,987 — so it’s about to cross the one million mark.”

    To update The Lancet figure, Just Foreign Policy obtained a rate of how quickly deaths are mounting in Iraq using the the Iraq Body Count (IBC), which they consider to be the most reliable, frequently updated database of deaths in Iraq.

    The think tank concedes that this combination of the IBC and the Lancet is not perfect, but expressed confidence that it is the best way of obtaining a rough estimate using existing tallies while awaiting another scientifically-based number.

    “It’s a little disappointing to see the belligerents in this particular conflict just rejecting these findings outright, and in doing so they have actually been expressing indifference in a time when they should be expressing compassion,” Les Roberts, the Roberts is co-author of the study Mortality after the 2003 Invasion of Iraq: A Cross-Sectional Cluster Sample Survey, said. “There’s a lot of complimentary evidence out there that our study has to be in the right ball park. For example … a recent report from Oxfam of hundreds of thousands of war widows in Iraq — or the U.N.’s claim some months ago that there are hundreds of thousands of war orphans in Iraq.”

    http://pressesc.com/news/99409082007/one-million-iraqis-killed-us-invasion

  34. superstar

    OMG over a year later :( Watched the Dark Knight and makes me upset to know he didn’t even get to see the film or go up to claim all the awards he won.

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