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.

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  1. pao

    whoa. that’s too bad. :(

  2. that really sucks, but it wouldn’t have happened if he were on nudistconnect.com. No, arabs, blacks, jews, gays, asians, hispanics, or drug addicted suicidal maniacs there. they prescreen. So sexy!

  3. LaFrascatana

    Shocking as hell.

    I hope that Lindsay Lohan is paying attention.

  4. Hannah T

    I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS. He must have been hurting far more about his split with Michelle Williams than he ever let on. So sad for his family, so sad for his daughter, so sad for the future he could have lived.

    RIP.

  5. Elizabeth

    Man….. I just feel like crying for that family. A daddy is so important to a little girl’s upbringing, and that couple could and should have made it. They seemed….. so real. I think that I will stop following celebrity gossip now. Nothing is real in Hollywood.

    How very, very sad…. I’m sorry for all that loved him.

  6. @100 Monsters Ball was good but not because of Heath..

  7. Jules

    He pulled a Jim Morrison D:

  8. havesomefuckingrespect

    I can’t believe a lot of these people. No wonder the world is the way it is these days with unrespecting fuck wits around. Think of the life and the sad life his little angel Matilda will now have without her Daddy. This has hit me hard being from Australia and watching him grow up from being on Home and Away to where he got to in Hollywood. I am sad and pass my condolences on to his family. God Bless, RIP Heath.

  9. kirsten dunst

    death is such a scary sad thing, goddamn.

  10. Sarah

    Wow, this is really sad. I’ll miss him, he was a good actor.

    RIP Heath.

  11. BunnyButt

    Like just about everyone else here, I was shocked and saddened to read this news and find it almost impossible to believe. Such a shame to lose someone so talented at such a young age. My heart goes out to his daughter who will have to grow up without knowing her father.

  12. Meh

    He was gutless. Couldn’t commit to his daughter or her mom, couldn’t make it past a little emotional distress. Total fuckin wimp. Thinning the herd is never tragic.

  13. Lal

    Wow this sucks. I really wish it had been Lindsay Lohan or Amy Winehouse or some other worthless, worn out crackface who had OD’d instead of him. They (probably) do a hell of a lot more drugs than he ever did. Heath never made an ass of himself in the media, and I thought the guy was a class act. This is so surprising and so tragic, he was a very good actor, just starting to get the recognition as a real actor, not just a “teen heartthrob” character like in A Knight’s Tale. I’m seeing shades of James Dean here. Whether it was suicide or not, it’s awful. Especially when a young person dies at the top of their game, and has a lot of potential. I’ll definitely see the new Batman movie, it looked like his Joker character would have been the best role he’d ever done. R.I.P. Heath.

  14. #87

    right. on.

  15. mer

    Sadder than most celeb deaths these days.

    Wonder what will become of Gilliam’s current film.

  16. my condolances to his family…

    get some free money to make yourself feel better at http://startyourbankroll.com

    Thanks,

    Jimmy

  17. Gary B

    This is a SHOCK, As I never heard of neither many of his close friends and associated probably did not know that he had a drug problem, unless this is a fatal reaction to some legit drugs he was prescribed.

    His career was about to take off too with Dark Knight coming out this summer, and I expected to hear this happen to Lindsay Lohan or Britney Spears not Ledger.

  18. #88 right there with you!

  19. IKE

    Playing the role of the Joker (a MUCH more evil version than we’ve seen), disturbed him. Maybe not THE cause, but a contributing factor?

    CNN quoted him as saying he could only sleep 2 hrs a night because of the Joker role.

  20. Skip Smith

    Did he die of AIDS?

  21. Anyone who had Heath Ledger ahead of Britney Spears and Amy Winehouse in the death pool just make a lot of money.

  22. Rmc

    as sad as it is…people who kill themselves…esp ones who have familys are cowards and should no sympathy should be given to the individual…i do however feel sorry for his family

    guess gylenhall gets the tent to himself now

  23. Christ Died for You

    Trust in Jesus Christ as the atonement for your sins!

  24. you people suck

    i can’t believe some people are crass and heartless enough to redicule someone who tragically is now dead. shame on you internet bully

    RIP Heath. Many people go through the pain of loss and break ups, the dark days of sadness… some of us find strength to move on, some of us fall to our darkest deamons. It was likely those deamons who made you the actor you are, and now, you leave behind a brave and inspiring body of work.

    May Heaven await your soul

  25. Gatorbates

    Maybe he tried to snort the Ashley Olsen, and she wasn’t as skinny as he thought. Tragic.

  26. @87. I have to agree with you!!

  27. you people suck

    i can’t believe some people are crass and heartless enough to redicule someone who tragically is now dead. shame on you internet bully

    RIP Heath. Many people go through the pain of loss and break ups, the dark days of sadness… some of us find strength to move on, some of us fall to our darkest deamons. It was likely those deamons who made you the actor you are, and now, you leave behind a brave and inspiring body of work.

    May Heaven await your soul

  28. Gatorbates

    Maybe he tried to snort Ashley Olsen, and she wasn’t as skinny as he thought. Tragic.

  29. #88 right there with you!

  30. p0nk

    he was boinking Mary-Kate – xrist, he’s been suicidal for a while.

  31. #88 right there with you!

  32. #88 right there with you!

  33. #88 right there with you!

  34. #88 right there with you!

  35. digitaldevil

    @106 It was good because of Halle’s tits and ass.

  36. Biff

    I FEEL SO BAD FOR HIM! WAH WAH WAH! IT’S SUCH A TRAGEDY! WAH WAH WAH!

    He was young, rich, successful, and he decided to do drugs and date Mary-Kate Olsen instead of raising his daughter with her mom in a family. And then he killed himself when…what? he found out she had dieted away her vagina? FUCK HIM and all like him. The world is better off – his daughter is certainly better off – without a whiny weak-assed loser like him.

  37. Alyssa_Amstell

    I’ll always remember him for his role in ‘Ten Things I Hate About You’ mainly because it was the first Ledger movie I ever saw and I just love the movie in general. He was a great actor, he will be missed.

    Fuck, I still can’t believe he’s gone…

  38. IKE

    The JOKER role killed him.
    He got into the role too much.

  39. Jen

    No one knows if it was suicide or an accidental overdose. It’s so sad that a lot of people here are just spewing vitriol without basis or cause. He was a talented young man, with a little baby daughter. This is sad no matter how you spin it. It doesn’t automatically become funny or a worthless story just because he was an actor.

    It just seems like a sad, everyday story and I feel sorry for his daughter and Michelle Williams — I’m sure they will wonder for the rest of their lives, what might have been. After all, it ain’t over till it’s over, and for him, it is. Sad.

  40. woodhorse

    So so sad. My heart says a prayer for his passage. Poor soul.

  41. Gerald_Tarrant

    Oh well. Not to sound callous, but now at least someone who may appreciate their fame will get the good roles he got. I am sick of the “fame scares me” bullshit that some of these fuckers spout. Here’s an idea, be a fucking accountant, no stalkerazzi chasing them, unless they are boning BritBrit (British Britney).

  42. OMFG

    Owen dates Kate Hudson, Owen slashes wrists. Heath dates Kate Hudson, Heath swallows a bottle of pills. Hmmm…..

  43. Rosalynd88

    That’s really really shocking, so weird. I can’t quite believe it.
    I kind of grew up with Heath Ledger – from 10 Things I Hate About You as a teenager up to his recent films – and never thought he’d be the type to die so tragically.
    My thoughts are with his daughter and the rest of his family.

  44. What a tragedy…
    So sad. He will be missed. Poor little Matilda.

  45. Lou Dobbs

    “Playing the role of the Joker (a MUCH more evil version than we’ve seen), disturbed him. Maybe not THE cause, but a contributing factor?

    CNN quoted him as saying he could only sleep 2 hrs a night because of the Joker role.”

    You’re fucking kidding me, right? What a fucking pansy. No wonder he took the selfish/gutless way out. Good riddance.

  46. Redhead

    To the person who said, “Thinning the herd is never tragic”. I hope you have those words engraved on your tombstone.

  47. Greedo the Dead

    The anus was unremarkable.

  48. RIP dood.

    I still have the old GQ magazine from 2 years ago with him on the cover. Haven’t watched Brokeback, but I thought he seemed to be a pretty clean guy. I totally think other coked out actresses would have died instead of him. What a loss.

  49. Alex F

    WHAAAAT THE… :O

  50. Zeebra

    *Sigh* This really is a horrible, horrible thing to have happened.. and it makes me sad that more people are concerned about the damn Batman movie than an actual PHYSICAL MAN’S LIFE. How disgusting. Grow up you cunts. I agree with #70. And RIP Heath. Sorry that you couldn’t get help sooner.

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