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Heath Ledger: Dead at age 28.

This afternoon, upon returning from a doctor’s visit, I came home to find almost a dozen emails and four voice messages waiting for me. All of these were on the same subject:
The death of actor Heath Ledger.

According to the NYC police department, his body was found today in his Lower Manhattan apartment.

“This is being looked at as a possible overdose, but that is not confirmed yet.” Police spokesman Paul Browne told CNN.

At this point, there is no real evidence of what actually happened, but speculation is running wild. Until such time as actual details are released, I will make no comments as to what may have happened.

Ledger is best known for his Oscar-nominated role of Ennis Del Mar, a closeted gay cowboy in the acclaimed film Brokeback Mountain.

While he made film debut in 1993, his film career first started to take off in 1999 when he started, opposite Julia Stiles, in 10 Things I Hate About You, a modern telling of Shakespeare’s Taming of The Shrew.

The next couple of years saw him increase his visability with A Knight’s Tale and Mel Gibson’s The Patriot.

2005’s Brokeback Mountain turned him into a bonafide star. He was most recently seen playing a version of Bob Dylan in I’m Not There.

His last completed film is this summer’s The Dark Knight in which he plays the murderous villian The Joker. By all reports, his performance is exceptional. The Dark Knight will hit theaters on July 18th

At the time of his death, he was shooting The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, which is being directed by Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam.

He was born, on April 4 1979, in Perth Australia and is survived by daughter Matilda Rose Ledger.