Jan 23, 2008

[Celebrity] Heath Ledger (1979-2008)

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Heath Ledger
by Howie_Berlin.

I still can't get over the news. It just seems all too surreal.

By now everyone knows the news that Australian actor Heath Ledger was found dead in a Manhattan apartment at around 03:00pm and was pronounced dead by around 03:30pm. Initial reports have been mixed including details like there being prescription drugs or sleeping pills in the room. Some say the pills were scattered around his naked, face-down body, while others say that there were no obvious signs of suicide.

The bottom line really is that as we wait for the official results of the Medical Examiner, we're all going to mourn the loss of such a brilliant young actor. At only 28, he has achieved a lot in terms of the diversity of his film career.

I'll always remember him for his break-out role in the film 10 Things I Hate About You, where we all got to meet this charming actor in a movie that wasn't quite your typical teen chick flick. He had a variety of films after that, but then I'll most remember him for his portrayal of William Thatcher in A Knight's Tale, which was a pretty fun movie.

Of course everyone will remember him for his landmark role in Brokeback Mountain or "that gay cowboy movie" as some people might refer to it rather crassly. That was an amazing performance for him and it got him as far as the Oscar nomination, but not yet the actual award. I was pretty sure that he'd get a golden statuette of his own soon enough. He did win the Best Kiss award for that movie though, if the MTV Movie Award nod counts for something.

Heath, you'll be sorely missed, and now The Dark Knight is going to become what The Crow became for Brandon Lee. It's a shame your flame was extinguished far too soon.

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