(Last pic of Ledger alive from TMZ.com)
We're chasing word that Brokeback Mountain actor Heath Ledger is dead. Totally unconfirmed. -- Snitch Staff Report
Yeah, it's confirmed. From the NYT:
The actor Heath Ledger was found dead this afternoon in an apartment in Manhattan owned by the actress Mary-Kate Olsen, according to the New York City police. Mr. Ledger was 28.
From the TMZ:
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 prescription pills were found near his body.
Ledger was to appear as the Joker this year in "The Dark Night," a sequel to 2005's "Batman Begins." He's had starring roles in "A Knight's Tale" and "The Patriot," and played the suicidal son of Billy Bob Thornton in "Monster's Ball."
Actor Heath Ledger was found dead today in a Broome Street apartment, apparently from a drug overdose, PageSix.com has learned exclusively. We're in shock. Seriously. Can't. Breathe. Updates as they come.
From Topless Robot:
Heath Ledger, the Joker, and the Comic TV/Movie Curse: With Heath Ledger's totally unexpected demise today, he joins a few others seemingly cursed by their association to comic book movies and TV shows.