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  posted on 1/22/2008 at 04:43 PM
Heath Ledger was found dead in his New York apartment on Tuesday afternoon, according to TMZ. The site reports that law enforcement officials said they do not believe a crime was involved. Ledger was 28.

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  posted on 1/22/2008 at 04:47 PM
Oh MAN!!!! He was great in The Patriot!!! This is terrible!!! Geez o flip....

 

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  posted on 1/22/2008 at 05:00 PM
I liked him in a bunch of his movies... 10 Things I Hate About You; A Knights Tale; Brokeback Mountain...

tis a shame

 

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  posted on 1/22/2008 at 05:03 PM
It's on Yahoo News now, as well as TMZ.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080122/ap_en_mo/obit_ledger

 

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  posted on 1/22/2008 at 05:18 PM
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It's on Yahoo News now, as well as TMZ.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080122/ap_en_mo/obit_ledger


Wow this is sad. That dude was a talented actor. Man.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2008 at 05:28 PM
Very sad for his daughter and family. He was a remarkable talent and had so many years ahead of him. I thought he was brilliant in Brokeback Mountain. RIP and Godspeed Heath.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2008 at 06:52 PM
Was he with Amy Winehouse?

 

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  posted on 1/22/2008 at 07:04 PM
I loved Heath in "Lords of Dogtown" - one of my favorites
He was great as Skip,

loved that movie - me and my buddies in high school were skate board rats in the time frame that
movie depicts.

The Brothers Grimm was very good also haven't seen brokeback mountain yet

He was in some Great films - A Great Talent

yet so sad is the ending to his story

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  posted on 1/22/2008 at 07:15 PM
Oh my Lord.....when I read the topic title for this, my heart sank....my 17 year old daughter LOVES Heath Ledger. She's at a basketball game but I called her immediately....she already knew about it and said she was so upset about it. I first saw Heath Ledger in The Patriot and loved him in that. Also thought he did a great job in Brokeback. Geez, yet another young talented person with life ended by drugs (or so it appears....we'll see what the autopsy shows.)

 

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  posted on 1/22/2008 at 07:19 PM
from the movie 10 Things I Hate About You...

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=BIW7WXPb-dc&eurl=http://w ww.cinemablend.com/celebrity/Heath-Ledger-Passes-8433.html

 

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Oh my Lord.....when I read the topic title for this, my heart sank....my 17 year old daughter LOVES Heath Ledger. She's at a basketball game but I called her immediately....she already knew about it and said she was so upset about it. I first saw Heath Ledger in The Patriot and loved him in that. Also thought he did a great job in Brokeback. Geez, yet another young talented person with life ended by drugs (or so it appears....we'll see what the autopsy shows.)


He was found with an empty bottle of sleeping pills.

Looks like a suicide, not drug abuse.

 

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  posted on 1/23/2008 at 08:38 AM
Very sad! Thanks for that link to that great scene, Deb! I loved that movie. RIP Heath.

 

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  posted on 1/23/2008 at 02:11 PM
i'm totally bummed about this one! he was a total hottie and very talented.

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  posted on 1/23/2008 at 03:42 PM
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He was found with an empty bottle of sleeping pills.

Looks like a suicide, not drug abuse.
Don't rush to conclusions, Wotty.

Heath Ledger autopsy inconclusive

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080123/ap_en_mo/obit_ledger

NEW YORK - A makeshift memorial of flowers and candles grew Wednesday outside the apartment building of Heath Ledger, whose Oscar-winning director in "Brokeback Mountain" called his death a "heartbreaking" ending to a superb acting career and life.

An autopsy on the 28-year-old actor was inconclusive, the medical examiner's office said Wednesday. It will take about 10 days to complete the investigation, said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the office.

The Australian-born actor was found dead Tuesday by his housekeeper and masseuse lying naked and face-down at the foot of his bed, police said.

Police on Wednesday said they found bottles of prescription sleeping pills and anti-anxiety medication in his bedroom and in the bathroom; there were still pills in the bottles.

Earlier, police said the death was caused by a possible drug overdose and appeared to be accidental.

News of the death stunned family, fans and colleagues.

"Working with Heath was one of the purest joys of my life," said Ang Lee, who directed Ledger in "Brokeback Mountain."

"He brought to the role of Ennis more than any of us could have imagined a thirst for life, for love and for truth, and a vulnerability that made everyone who knew him love him. His death is heartbreaking."

Speaking in Perth, Ledger's father called the death "tragic, untimely and accidental."

Kim Ledger called his son "down-to-earth, generous, kind-hearted, life-loving, unselfish" and "extremely inspirational to many."

"Heath has touched so many people on so many different levels during his short life," he said. "Please now respect our family's need to grieve and come to terms with our loss privately."

Khaled Ali, 41, a stage manager for a Broadway show, dropped off a candle outside Ledger's building on his way to work Wednesday morning. He said he and his fellow cast members were devastated.

"I felt a connection with him as an actor, as a fellow in the theater community," he said. "With `Brokeback Mountain' he touched me personally in telling the story of my community. It was very touching."

Ledger was known for grueling, intense roles that became his trademark after he got his start in teen movies like "10 Things I Hate About You."

He avoided the safe path in favor of roles that forced him to bury his Australian accent and downplay his leading-man looks: the tormented gay cowboy Ennis Del Mar in "Brokeback Mountain," a drug addict in "Candy," an incarnation of Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There."

In what may be his final finished performance, he took a rare role in a guaranteed summer blockbuster, playing Batman's nemesis, the Joker, in the upcoming "The Dark Knight." But the role was nothing he could phone in; it forced him to rebrand a character last played on the big screen by Jack Nicholson.

"I had such great hope for him," said Mel Gibson, who played Ledger's father in "The Patriot." "He was just taking off and to lose his life at such a young age is a tragic loss."

Ledger split last year with Michelle Williams, who played his wife in "Brokeback." The two had a daughter, the now 2-year-old Matilda, and had lived together in Brooklyn's Boerum Hill neighborhood.

Early Wednesday, Williams and Matilda left Trollhattan, Sweden, where the 27-year-old actress had been shooting scenes for the upcoming film "Mammoth," said Martin Stromberg, a spokesman for film production company Memfis Film.

"She received the news at her hotel late last night," Stromberg said, adding he had not spoken to the actress after she learned of Ledger's death.

The actor's personal strife was accompanied by professional anxiety.

Ledger said in an interview in November that "Dark Knight" and last year's "I'm Not There," took a heavy toll. He said he "stressed out a little too much" during the Dylan film, and had trouble sleeping while portraying the Joker, whom he called a "psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy."

"Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night," Ledger told The New York Times. "I couldn't stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going." He said he took two Ambien pills, which only worked for an hour.

News of Ledger's death spread quickly, from the crowd of 300 people that gathered Tuesday outside his Manhattan apartment to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, where those with close ties to the actor included Naomi Watts, who dated him after they met on the set of "Lords of Dogtown," a fictionalized story about the birth of modern skateboarding.

Ledger was born in 1979 in the western Australian city of Perth to a mining engineer and a French teacher, and got his first acting role playing Peter Pan at age 10 at a local theater company. He began acting in independent films as a 16-year-old in Sydney and played a cyclist hoping to land a spot on an Olympic team in a 1996 television show, "Seat."

After several independent films, Ledger moved to Los Angeles at age 19 and starred opposite Julia Stiles in "10 Things I Hate About You," a reworking of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." Offers for other teen flicks came his way, but Ledger turned them down, preferring to remain idle than sign on for projects he didn't like.

"It wasn't a hard decision for me," Ledger told The Associated Press in 2001. "It was hard for everyone else around me to understand. Agents were like, `You're crazy,' my parents were like, `Come on, you have to eat.'"

He began to gravitate toward more independent films after roles in "Monster's Ball," "The Patriot" and "A Knight's Tale." His work in 2005's "Brokeback Mountain" earned him an Academy Award nomination for best actor.

In the 2006 film "Candy," Ledger played a poet wrestling with a heroin addiction along with his girlfriend. Neil Armfield, who directed Ledger in the film, said the actor had "handled his career incredibly well," steering himself toward more challenging roles.

"He made a decision about four years ago to stop being led by producers and managers and to forge his own way," Armfield told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.

He brought the same intensity to "Dark Knight." Glimpsed in early teaser trailers, Ledger is more depraved and dark than comical. The film's director, Christopher Nolan, said this month that Ledger's Joker would be wildly different from Nicholson's.

"It was a very great challenge for Heath," Nolan said. "He's extremely original, extremely frightening, tremendously edgy. A very young character, a very anarchic presence that taps into a lot of our basic fears and panic."

Ledger was a widely recognized figure in his SoHo neighborhood, where Michelle Vella said she frequently saw him carrying his 2-year-old daughter on his shoulders, or having ice cream with her.

"It's a shock; he's so young," said Taren Dolbashian, who also had seen Ledger with his daughter. "He always seems so happy."

Near the entrance to the building housing Ledger's loft, about two dozen bouquets and a dozen candles formed a memorial.

One note said, "I couldn't find anything bad about you."

There's no way anyone could convince me this was a suicide. He had too much going for him, he had a young daughter and his career was in full bloom. This is obviously an accidental overdose of prescription medication, or a lethal combination of prescription drugs. God rest his soul and give peace to his family. ~ BDOB

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  posted on 1/25/2008 at 04:40 PM
Reading this has infuriated me. Who the EFF does Shirley Phelps think she is??

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/01/25/2146246.htm?section=entertain ment

'Hate group' church to picket Ledger memorial

An evangelical anti-gay US church plans to picket any memorials to Australian actor Heath Ledger, who died this week, because of his portrayal of a gay cowboy in Brokeback Mountain.

It is understood a service will be held in LA this coming weekend, before the Perth-born actor is laid to rest in Australia.

Ledger, 28, was found dead in his New York apartment on Wednesday morning. Prescription medications were found in the residence, but an initial autopsy proved inconclusive.

The actor's family insist his death was "accidental."

Shirley Phelps, of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, has told Sydney radio station 2Day FM that they will also picket any attempt to honour Ledger, 28, at next month's Academy Awards ceremony.

"I'm going to stand outside of any public memorial service that he has here," Ms Phelps said.

"And then the other place I'm going to picket him is when they prop him up to worship his dead, rotting carcass further at the Oscars. I'll be right outside by the red carpet."

Ledger won widespread acclaim for his sensitive portrayal of a repressed homosexual cowboy role in the Oscar-winning film Brokeback Mountain.

He had also starred in The Patriot, A Knight's Tale, Two Hands and Ned Kelly.

The Westboro Baptist Church is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Centre in the United States.

It regularly pickets the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq, claiming the war is God's punishment for tolerating gays.


I'm sorry, but I have NO use at all for Shirley Phelps, or the Westboro Baptist Church. I'm surprised someone hasn't taken a shot at her at one of her "protests." ~ BDOB

 

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  posted on 1/25/2008 at 05:03 PM
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The Westboro Baptist Church is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Centre in the United States.

It regularly pickets the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq, claiming the war is God's punishment for tolerating gays
These people are sick. When I first heard of them I went out to their web site to find out where they were located, etc. I am not kidding when I say the garbage they have published there made me physically ill. These are NOT Christian people. They are a cult of hate-mongers who with one hand are using the government to get tax-exempt status and line the pockets of the family who is responsible for the church and their garbage. With the other they reach out and slap everybody in the face with their small minds and hateful displays. I think it is a disgrace that these freaks present themselves at the funerals of fallen soldiers and proceed to get in the faces of the loved ones of these war victims - as if these people were not already suffering enough from their loss...they have to contend with this BS. I am not surprised to see they have jumped on the Heath Ledger bandwagon. They show up wherever they feel they will have an audience and do so under their constitutional right to free speech. I'm all for freedom but it sickens me that these people are using the law to promote their hateful message and profit (btw - the family professes to be living hand-to-mouth but are able to fly all over the country putting on their hate displays and appear to be living pretty good on Uncle Sam's dollar). AAARRRGGGHHHHH!!!!!

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  posted on 1/25/2008 at 05:11 PM
I knew it was just a matter of time before the gay bashers started on Heath.


"He died because God hated him for portraying a gay cowboy"

what a load of crap

I guess Philip Seymour Hoffman is next for portraying Capote.

 

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I knew it was just a matter of time before the gay bashers started on Heath.

"He died because God hated him for portraying a gay cowboy"

what a load of crap

I guess Philip Seymour Hoffman is next for portraying Capote.
Yep. They'll get him twice - once for the Capote role and again for Boogie Nights

 

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