CNN Front Page is reporting that Heath Ledger has been found dead in a Manhattan Apartment.
FOX has now picked it up, police seem to think it may be drug related…
And now TMZ is on the scene saying pills were found all around him.
I’m going to update on the fly as much as possible… this is just terrible news. I really liked Heath.
Update: 2:15pm PST
Evidently he was still filming his new movie, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus in NYC. Details aren’t really out as to whether this was an OD, or whether he had a drug problem. This article seems to indicate, that at least as of 2006, he didn’t have an IV drug use problem… but it’s hard to call this “hard evidence.”
The quote is compelling:
I’m sure drugs and alcohol would inspire new thoughts but it’s certainly not something that I use as a tool or a mechanism to create.
The FOX entertainment reporter is now talking about an interview with Heath he had for Brokeback Mountain where Ledger was drinking. Ummm… okay. That’s a reach in terms of relevance.
TMZ’s latest: The pills found were prescription.
Heath Ledger’s Soho apartment was owned by Mary Kate Olsen?? That’s just odd.
Now they are saying it might have actually been HER apartment…. and the NY Times has confirmed that it actually is her apartment. Wow. She’s in California but he was staying at her place.
The New York Times is saying “signs point to suicide.”
The Mary Kate story has now been refuted. Not sure how that one got started…
TMZ Is now confirming that Ledger had a substance abuse problem that he was trying to kick.
The fire department has confirmed that prescription sleeping pills were found.
Update: 2:45pm PST
CNN has Dr. Drew on the phone… he’s pointing out that prescription sleeping pills would be much more likely to be fatal.
Dr. Drew, who is really good, is pointing out how odd a non-violent suicide from a male is.
CNN is confirming that Heath was dating model Gemma Ward, pictured below:
Update: 3:45pm PST
They are sort of backing off the Ward story (saying he may have been dating her), and mentioned he was dating Lohan at some point.
An autopsy will be conducted on Wednesday.
Many people are coming forward now mentioning how odd Heath could be in interviews… but having conducted a few hundred interviews myself I think I can safely say most people in the business are a little off. It sort of goes with the territory, of existing in such a strange world.
I really hope Heath doesn’t get painted badly here. Yeah, he may have been depressed, but that’s not exactly rare in this day and age.
I mean, anyone who has to talk to strangers all day about their art is either 1) super extroverted or 2) a little sick of it.
Back to the story… Heath was found at 3:27pm EST by his housekeeper. She was waking him up as he had an appointment with a masseuse that had just arrived. He was found in the nude. They called 911 to no avail.
Update: 4:10pm PST
I wanted to wait until someone else thought it… and now Fox has. James Dean. Dean died at the age of 24. He was nominated for two Oscars. Heath was older… and with one Oscar. But he certainly had the sex appeal and talent. I don’t know that it makes sense to compare across generations, they obviously had a ton of differences – but I think people are struggling to put this in context.
My only thought is that we’ve lost a great, great actor. Here’s a nice piece on the range of Heath.
Update: 4:27pm PST
This is totally creepy… Michelle Williams is at Sundance right now promoting a film called Incendiary. The plot?
A woman’s life is torn apart when her husband and infant son are killed in a suicide bombing.
Ugh. My prayers and thoughts go out to this poor woman and her child. What a mess.
Update: 4:47pm PST
I have to tell you, this is the worst headline I’ve seen in quite some time:
Really, guys? Really? I’m as big a Batman fan as there is… but a man, a father no less, died today in tragic circumstances. The fourth paragraph is even worse:
The good news is that The Dark Knight has been shot and wrapped, so the impact of Ledgerâ€™s death on the movie will be minimal, other than a pall cast over the film in remembrance of a talented actor.
Umm, no. That’s not the “good news.” There ISN’T good news. You gotta be kidding me. The “impact” will be “minimal???” How can anyone really think that? We’re going to hear about this story for years. It’s going to be impossible to watch the film without thinking about Heath’s death.
Man, the internet is super idiotic at times like these. Even worse than the tele.