Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Heath Ledger is Dead

Boy did I not see that coming. His final role will be as the Joker. RIP
from IMDB (with my notes):
Actor Heath Ledger Found Dead

Actor Heath Ledger was found dead at a Manhattan apartment Tuesday afternoon in what appeared to be a possible drug-related death I think it is sad that now so much of Hollywood is taking drugs; he was 28 that is very young. The actor was discovered in one of the SoHo apartment's bedrooms at 3:31 p.m., when a masseuse arrived for a scheduled appointment and the residence's housekeeper went to inform the actor of the masseuse's arrival. He was found unconscious and unresponsive; the New York Times at first stated that the apartment in question belonged to actress Mary-Kate Olsen, but a publicist for the actress later said that Olsen did not own a unit in the building in which Ledger was found. An initial police report also cited by the New York Times said that foul play was not suspected and that pills had been found near Ledger's body. A native of Australia, Ledger shot to fame as a teen heartthrob in 10 Things I Hate About You before graduating to more adult roles, most notably his Oscar-nominated turn in Brokeback Mountain. Engaged at one time to Brokeback co-star Michelle Williams, the two had a daughter but had split in recent months. Earlier this year, Ledger wrapped filming on the Batman film The Dark Knight, in which he played The Joker; the film is currently set for release this summer. Further details of the actor's death were not available at press time. --IMDb staf

Thoughts: So why I think this is a shocker is that he is not an Anna Nicole Smith who has had a gradual downfall in the media. He was a family man with a happy life as far as I know. I have not seen any of his films (except 10 things I hate about you and I don't remember the plot of the film much less his acting talents in it). I think that it is still sad in it's symbolism. This shows us that sadly enough in this version of Hollywood....no one is safe