The shocking news:
Heath Ledger who played the Joker in the filming of the latest Batman movie - The Dark Knight, was found dead today in his Manhattan apartment. He was declared dead at about 3:30 PM. He was 28 years old. A bottle of over the counter sleeping medication was found in the vicinity of his bed, making the suspected cause of death a possible drug overdose. Heath Ledger was found dead by his housekeeper when she tried to wake him for an appointment.
The Australian born Ledger starred in two movies that I am quite fond of: The Patriot, and A Knight's Tale. He is probably more widely known for his performance in the movie Brokeback Mountain, for which he received both Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. I haven't seen Brokeback yet but I know his passing will shed a darker cloud over the movie when I do view it.
Ledger unfortunately joins the list of too many other rising young entertainers who have tragically fallen victim to the far too common "drug overdose syndrome."
I wonder if it's the fame and fortune or just the "Times we live in?"
Have a look at Heath in one of my favorite roles: