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Title: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: Torgo on January 22, 2008, 05:07:35 PM
From tmz.com (http://tmz.com)

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TMZ has learned that 2006 Academy Award nominee Heath Ledger has died in NY.

He was found dead in his bed in one of his residences in Soho by his housekeeper at 3:35 PM ET today. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ they believe it was not a crime, adding pills were found near his body.

The 28-year-old actor has a two year old daughter with former fiancee Michelle Williams -- they separated in September, 2007. He plays the Joker in the upcoming Batman film, "The Dark Knight."

The NY Times is reporting a masseuse arrived at his apartment and was let in the door 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 door and found Mr. Ledger unconscious. They attempted to wake him, and when they couldn't they called 911.

We're told when paramedics responded the actor was in full cardiac arrest. They attempted to perform CPR on him, but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


 :buggedout: :buggedout: :buggedout: :buggedout:  You've got to be kidding me.........................


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: AnubisVonMojo on January 22, 2008, 05:37:47 PM
Wow... this is why terms like, "that's f*cked up" were created. This is crazy. I wonder if it was an overdose or a suicide...  :question:


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: Allhallowsday on January 22, 2008, 05:39:37 PM
First BRAD RENFRO and now HEATH LEDGER ???  :buggedout:  I am shocked. 



Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: Snivelly on January 22, 2008, 05:42:40 PM
So, I wonder who the next one will be?  It always seems to happen in threes.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: Mr_Vindictive on January 22, 2008, 05:50:16 PM
For once, I actually feel remorse at hearing of an actor's death.  Ledger was a fantastic actor, one who just seemed to be starting to truly hone his skill and show exactly what he was capable of.

It's a true shame.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: Ash on January 22, 2008, 05:51:42 PM
This sucks... :bluesad:

He was actually one of my favorite actors.  Most of his films were pretty good.
Have any of you seen recent photos of him?  
Not the Joker pics...I'm talking about regular shots of him.  I've seen a few and he didn't look very healthy in any of them.
Who's to say what killed him?  I'm sure we'll find out soon enough.


Title: Heath Ledger is dead.
Post by: KYGOTC on January 22, 2008, 05:52:03 PM
I know, right? Its just right out of the blue. Found dead in his appartment with pills all around him.Took me completely by suprise. Hese gone. And now all I can think of is, "Whats gonna happen to th Dark Knight?" Its selfish of me, i know, but thats all i can think about.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger is dead.
Post by: Ash on January 22, 2008, 05:53:34 PM
You should check the rest of the board before starting a topic.
This has already been posted in the Press Releases & News section.   :smile:


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: CheezeFlixz on January 22, 2008, 06:02:21 PM
For once, I actually feel remorse at hearing of an actor's death.  Ledger was a fantastic actor, one who just seemed to be starting to truly hone his skill and show exactly what he was capable of.

It's a true shame.


Ditto that, I really liked his movies and always looked forward to his next one ... ok barring Brokeback Mountain, cowboy love is just not my bag. Rarely do I give a hoot if some Hollywood clown OD or what ever, but Ledger was or at seemed to be a decent chap.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: darthchicken on January 22, 2008, 06:08:22 PM
I'm shocked because I never thought of Heath Ledger as being one of the types of people who would OD. I saw Anna Nicole coming, as well as many others. But Ledger.. dag. He was a really good actor.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: Allhallowsday on January 22, 2008, 06:20:27 PM
So, I wonder who the next one will be?  It always seems to happen in threes.
Well, SUZANNE PLESHETTE just died (January 19)...
All three, too young to go, sad news, all will be sorely missed...


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: AndyC on January 22, 2008, 06:21:38 PM
I'm shocked because I never thought of Heath Ledger as being one of the types of people who would OD. I saw Anna Nicole coming, as well as many others. But Ledger.. dag. He was a really good actor.

I agree. If I had to make a list of likely candidates for something like this, Heath Ledger would not likely even enter my mind. Totally surprised.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: CheezeFlixz on January 22, 2008, 06:26:15 PM
So, I wonder who the next one will be?  It always seems to happen in threes.
Well, SUZANNE PLESHETTE just died (January 19)...
All three, too young to go, sad news, all will be sorely missed...

She was nearly 71 ... not exactly a spring chicken, but still not that old by todays standards.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: Oldskool138 on January 22, 2008, 07:06:35 PM
That sux big time.   :bluesad:  Never saw Brokeback but I did like him in The Patriot and he seemed like he was going to be on the fast track to big-time stardom after The Dark Knight came out.  Check out the wiki and what Ledger did to prepare for the Joker role.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Knight_%28film%29

It seems like he really got into the psycho role.  Maybe it exacerbated an existing problem.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: Mr. DS on January 22, 2008, 07:13:13 PM
Another entertainer taken way before his time.  I just went out to get groceries and heard it on the radio.   :bluesad:


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: Torgo on January 22, 2008, 07:27:19 PM
I read on AICN that Heath had already done all of his post production work on The Dark Knight due to his commitment as 2nd lead in Terry Gilliam's new film which he was in the midst of making.

 


Title: Heath Ledger Dead At 28
Post by: Killer Bees on January 22, 2008, 07:32:14 PM
Yes, sadly, it's true.  Aussie actor Heath Ledger (The Patriot,10 Things I Hate About You) has died of a suspected drug overdose.

Of course, the NYPD aren't ruling anything out at this stage.

Check out the front page story on www.smh.com.au



Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: indianasmith on January 22, 2008, 07:37:35 PM
I hated to hear this; I loved several of his movies . . . especially THE PATRIOT and A KNIGHT'S TALE.  I have never understood the temptation to use drugs at all; I've been offered many times when I was young and was never even curious about it.  Why can't these Hollywood types leave the pills alone?


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: Mr_Vindictive on January 22, 2008, 07:41:08 PM
I hated to hear this; I loved several of his movies . . . especially THE PATRIOT and A KNIGHT'S TALE.  I have never understood the temptation to use drugs at all; I've been offered many times when I was young and was never even curious about it.  Why can't these Hollywood types leave the pills alone?

Apparently it was sleeping pills.  If you read the Wiki entry that Oldskool was kind enough to link, you'll see that after his portrayal of the Joker, he has not been able to sleep.  The pills were over the counter sleeping pills rather than illegal drugs.  I have a feeling he had probably been drinking and decided to take some sleeping pills, and accidentally OD.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: Shadow on January 22, 2008, 07:43:39 PM
That sucks. He was talented and likable - the sort women swoon over and guys want to hang out with. RIP.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: threnody on January 22, 2008, 08:19:37 PM
The news took me by surprise. It's awful.

Rest in peace, Mr. Ledger.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: Snivelly on January 22, 2008, 08:20:47 PM
So, I wonder who the next one will be?  It always seems to happen in threes.
Well, SUZANNE PLESHETTE just died (January 19)...
All three, too young to go, sad news, all will be sorely missed...

Yep, I forgot all about Ms. Pleshette passing away.

Sad news, Ledger had a small child and his career was doing well, hopefully it was an accident and not the result of something stupid.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger is dead.
Post by: KYGOTC on January 22, 2008, 08:45:22 PM
You should check the rest of the board before starting a topic.
This has already been posted in the Press Releases & News section.   :smile:

Well SOOOOORRRRREEEEEEEE!!! :tongueout:


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: Bad Penny on January 22, 2008, 11:51:58 PM
I was shocked at this sad news. He'll be missed. And he leaves behind a little girl, too.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: indianasmith on January 22, 2008, 11:58:59 PM
That is the saddest bit of all.  Little girls need to have dads . . . and moms, of course . . .who care about them and love them above all.  I can't imagine losing either of my two daughters, and I don't want them to lose me (not till I've achieved my target age of 137, anyway!)


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: trekgeezer on January 23, 2008, 08:35:05 AM
I caught part of Larry King last night and they had people on the scene that said the cops had ruled out suicide.  Several people said Ledger was suffering from pneumonia and he had just flown back in from London where he was working on that Gilliam film. 

So this may have been an accidental overdose.


The first time I saw Heath was in the tv show Roar. He was only 17 or 18 at the time he made it.  It showed on Fox in the summer of 1997 (only 8 of 13 eps were shown. I think SciFi  replayed the series in like 2000 and actually showed all 13 eps.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: KYGOTC on January 23, 2008, 12:41:33 PM
Here's some sick news.

Those born-again christian extremist bastards are pickiting Ledger's funeral because he was in Brokeback mountain. Can you beleive that? Just think of what his friends and family will be feeling when they see those religious zombies walking around yelling hatful things about him when he did nothing to hurt any of them. I know this sounds bad, but I really hope Ledger's mourners will get a fight to break out with those puss-sacks. Show those bastards that weve had ENOUGH.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: AndyC on January 23, 2008, 02:31:50 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Evangelical Christians have done more harm to the cause of religion through boneheaded stunts like that than any atheist could ever hope to do. One movie is not reason enough to deny a man some dignity at his funeral, or harass his loved ones for that matter. Somebody needs to get a little perspective.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: Oldskool138 on January 23, 2008, 02:47:18 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Evangelical Christians have done more harm to the cause of religion through boneheaded stunts like that than any atheist could ever hope to do. One movie is not reason enough to deny a man some dignity at his funeral, or harass his loved ones for that matter. Somebody needs to get a little perspective.

The Westboro Baptist Church is not representative of most evangelicals.  They are a small church with a congregation of about 100 people and most of them are in the same family.  They are the ultimate douche-bags...I know some evangelicals and they're kind people.  Don't let these rotten apple spoil the bunch.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: AndyC on January 23, 2008, 03:03:38 PM
Agreed. That's exactly what bugs me. Bad apples like these are tarnishing the image of all Christians - and not just evangelicals, but mainline Christians like myself.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: trekgeezer on January 23, 2008, 03:41:13 PM
You know the guy is from Australia, so I doubt they will be at the funeral.  There may be memorials in the states though. What a bunch of pricks.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: Pilgermann on January 23, 2008, 03:47:54 PM
I was very surprised to hear about this.  It's sad that a talented young fellow like Heath Ledger is gone all of a sudden.  Watching The Dark Knight will be a little weird, now.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on January 23, 2008, 08:39:07 PM
So, I wonder who the next one will be?  It always seems to happen in threes.

Actually, we are up to four. Besides Heath Ledger and Brad Renfro, there was Chris "Bowman the Showman" Bowman, who mostly worked in television, but did some of the stunts in "Surf Nazis Must Die" and "The Lost Boys," and Ashleigh Aston Moore, who again mostly worked in televison, but did appear in "Now and Then," as Chrissy DeWitt.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: KYGOTC on January 23, 2008, 09:24:29 PM
And Vampira, but i think someone already said her.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: Torgo on January 23, 2008, 10:04:13 PM
I don't think that he committed suicide. I think that he mixed together some medications that he shouldn't have mixed together and it did him in.  But I guess we'll know in a couple of weeks once they release the results of the further autopsies.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger dead at age 28
Post by: Shadow on January 23, 2008, 10:41:09 PM
So, I wonder who the next one will be?  It always seems to happen in threes.

Actually, we are up to four. Besides Heath Ledger and Brad Renfro, there was Chris "Bowman the Showman" Bowman, who mostly worked in television, but did some of the stunts in "Surf Nazis Must Die" and "The Lost Boys," and Ashleigh Aston Moore, who again mostly worked in televison, but did appear in "Now and Then," as Chrissy DeWitt.

And Suzanne Pleshette, who was on The Bob Newhart Show.