Written by: Big Ross, CC2K Staff Writer
Heath Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment by a housekeeper at 3:26 PM this afternoon, according to a spokesman for the New York Police Department. Authorities say the death is possibly drug-related. Ledger was 28.
The actor has appeared in such films as A Knight's Tale, The Patriot, and Monster's Ball. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Brokeback Mountain, and he most recently was portraying the role of The Joker in the upcoming film, The Dark Knight.
The N.Y. Times' CityRoom blog offers more details:
At 3:31 p.m., a masseuse arrived at Apartment 5A in the building, at 421 Broome Street in SoHo, for an appointment with Mr. Ledger, the police said. The masseuse was let in to the home by a housekeeper, who then knocked on the door of Mr. Ledger’s bedroom. When no one answered, the housekeeper and the masseuse opened the bedroom and found Mr. Ledger naked and unconscious on a bed, with pills scattered around his body. They shook him, but he did not respond. They immediately called the authorities.
The police said they did not suspect foul play. The police said they believed Ms. Olsen, 21, was in California and said it was not clear why Mr. Ledger was in her apartment.