Seriously I am confused. Are these fashionistas or Robots?
January 23, 2008 at 8:20 am by EvilT
Here are some quotes from those remembering Heath Ledger:
“Heath has touched so many people on so many different levels during his short life but few had the pleasure of truly knowing him. He was a down to earth, generous, kind-hearted, life-loving, unselfish individual who was extremely inspirational to many.”
Heath Ledger’s father, Kim.
“It is tragic that we have lost one of our nation’s finest actors in the prime of his life. Heath Ledger’s diverse and challenging roles will be remembered as some of the great performances by an Australian actor.”
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
“I adored him. I don’t know how to compare his talent to others but he’s touched me deeply as a talent and it’s a great loss – losing him at any age would be a loss but it was pretty rough news. I was really shocked by it.”
“I had such great hope for him. He was just taking off and to lose his life at such a young age is a tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”
“What a terrible tragedy. My heart goes out to Heath’s family.”
“I am shocked and very saddened by the news. I deeply respected Heath’s work and always admired his continuing development as an artist. My thoughts are with his family and close friends.”
“I think Tennyson got it right in the poem when he described someone as having died at a young age but burning the candles at both ends, and oh what a beautiful flame he made, that was Heath, what a beautiful flame he made and a great talent. My heart goes out to everyone in his family and my family. The saddest thing is his daughter whom he just loved
Larry Williams – ex-partner Michelle Williams’ father.
“That’s terrible. Drugs today… when we stopped taking drugs, they started. It is just an epidemic. I am sorry to hear that. He was a great talent.”
“It’s really, really sad. I hope his family is okay. I wish them the best.”
“The studio is stunned and devastated by this tragic news. The entertainment community has lost an enormous talent. Heath was a brilliant actor and an exceptional person. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.”
Warner Bros president Alan Horn and studio president Jeff Robinov.
“He made a decision about four years ago to stop being led by producers and managers and to forge his own way. He started working with the most interesting directors. He was so successful at breaking out of the teen idol image.”
Neil Armfield, who directed Ledger in his last Australian film, Candy.
“I went through a similar thing with River Phoenix in the fact that he was so young. It’s a real tragedy when someone so talented dies because you don’t know on the early part of their career what more they could offer us”
Director Rob Reiner
January 23, 2008 at 7:53 am by EvilT
The Sydney Morning Herald has done a good job of breaking down the story, from rumor to fact, complete with links.
Also, programming note, EvilT has been called in to help out during the Beet’s absence. She’s good people!
For you avid readers, you’ll notice I deleted the once funny, now weird, comment from my original post today. I’m fairly certain this blog doesn’t control the universe, so I don’t think I “jinxed” anything, but I of course noted the terrible coincidence and didn’t want you to think I was censoring all over the place.
Not much more to say tonight… we’ll talk tomorrow morning, bright and early.
January 22, 2008 at 10:21 pm by Spiteful Lars
Heath Ledger coverage from NYC:
Paul Brown of the NYC Police Department has confirmed that Heath Ledger was found naked and on the bed of his SOHO apartment. A makeshift memorial has been put up outside of his apartment by fans who are still lingering. If I can get pictures of the memorial I will if it isn’t cleared by the morning.
In Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, where Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams lived before they split up in August 2007, fans are also reacting. Most are commenting on how much his little girl Matilda Rose seemed to give him joy. Heath and Michelle had been fixtures in their neighborhood. They were often seen with their little girl playing in the park and had moved in Brooklyn in an attempt to escape the paps though they still often hunted them down.
Heath Ledger, from what I had gathered meeting him and hearing him speak about his craft as an actor was a very private person. I have never met any actor that was more soft spoken or introverted. I think what some media outlets are jumping at, his “weirdness” in interviews was simply a bit of a quirky personality.
There is a lot of speculation about Heath’s drug use and past history of depression and hopefully we will get some kind of clear information. From what the media outlets are reporting, most are speculating that his death was an accidental overdose from a combination of both prescription and over the counter sleeping pills.
Fox 5 News also just ran a video of Heath’s body being removed from his apartment at 421 Broome. If you want to see it you can click here. It has been a bit of a zoo all day media wise.
Since the Beet is on vacation, I will be writing a bit hopefully giving more coverage to this very sad loss.
January 22, 2008 at 8:33 pm by EvilT
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.
January 22, 2008 at 2:46 pm by Spiteful Lars
So then, Linds Lo gets home in this shot:
And then, here, some NEW BOY is seen with her.
I don’t hold out hope that this is a boyfriend or anything, it’s probably just a guy she met on the Craigslist “Casual Encounters” section.
We’ve all been there.
But if you know who it is, feel free to chime in.
To me it looks like Rob McEhenney of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
In my heart I know it’s not… but still, let’s get that rumor going.