Actor Heath Ledger, age 28, was discovered dead in his NYC apartment by his housekeeper and his masseuse yesterday. Suffering from a bout of pneumonia, he’d apparently overdosed on the sleeping pills he’d begun taking to deal with the stress of playing The Joker in the upcoming Batman sequel co-starring Christian Bale.
Just the other day I was snarking about his new “fashion statement” and looking forward to The Dark Knight. Today I’m posting videos to commemorate his passing.
He was a gifted actor, incredibly beautiful and had been fighting his demons for quite some time. While his death doesn’t appear to be suicide, it ironically appears that of all the things he had going on, it was his work that exacted the greatest toll on him. The family he leaves behind includes a little girl, Matilda Rose, age 2, of whom he once said that her birth had made death less frightening for him.