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Why did Heath Ledger have to die? Was he the sacrificial redeemer for our sins? Did he lose faith in getting back to Brokeback Mountain? Was it the prospect of an amendment against same-sex marriage that brought about his unfortunate demise?

I don't understand why someone who's slept with so many beautiful women would want to off himself. Man, Heath lacked gratitutde. If I spent one night with Naomi Watts, I'd be good for life. I'd never seek any other blessing. I'd just live off my memories, secure in my belief in an all-powerful, all-beneficent deity.

The last photograph of Heath Ledger: "Heath Ledger was photographed in London on Saturday on the set of his latest movie, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus." The movie, directed by Terry Gilliam, was due to be released next year."

From AP:

NEW YORK (AP) — Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday at a downtown Manhattan apartment, and police said drugs may have been a factor. The Australian-born actor was 28. Ledger had an appointment for a massage at the residence in the tony SoHo neighborhood, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said. A housekeeper who went to let him know the massage therapist had arrived found him dead at 3:26 p.m. A large crowd of paparazzi and gawkers began gathering Tuesday evening outside the building on an upscale block, where several police officers guarded the door. Ledger was nominated for an Oscar for "Brokeback Mountain," where he met Michelle Williams in 2005. The two lived together in Brooklyn and had a daughter, Matilda, until they split up last year. Ledger most recently appeared in "I'm Not There," in which he played one of the many incarnations of Bob Dylan — as did Cate Blanchett, whose performance in that film earned an Oscar nomination Tuesday for best supporting actress.

From News.com.au:

HEATH Ledger joins a long list of Hollywood stars who died of a drug overdose at a young age.

Actor River Phoenix died of a drug-induced heart failure in 1993 at the age of 23, after taking a mix of heroin and cocaine in Johnny Depp's Hollywood night club, The Viper Room.

The star of The Blues Brothers, John Belushi, died in 1982 after overdosing on a cocktail of heroin, cocaine and speed.

He was found dead, aged 33, in his room at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles.

Sixties "it girl" Edie Sedgwick, who featured in several Andy Warhol films, died in 1971 at the age of 28 with a mix of barbiturates and alcohol in her stomach.

Sedgwick was recently the subject or a recent film biography, "Factory Girl".

Many other Hollywood actors have died at a young age, including:

- Iconic film actor James Byron Dean died at age 24 in a head-on car crash in 1955.

- Martial arts expert and film star Bruce Lee died aged 32 of a cerebral oedema in 1973. His son Brandon, who starred in The Crow, was shot dead at the age of 28 in an accident while filming on a movie set.

- In 1925 Italian actor and "Latin Lover" Rudolph Valentino died aged 31 not long after collapsing with a perforated ulcer at the Hotel Ambassador in New York.

Other actors who died young include Jayne Mansfield (34), Marilyn Monroe (36), Natalie Wood (43) and Montgomery Clift (45).

From Wikipedia:

Heathcliff Andrew Ledger (April 4, 1979January 22, 2008) was an Australian actor. After appearing in television roles during the 1990s, Ledger developed a Hollywood career. He starred in both critical and financial successes, including The Patriot, Monster's Ball and Brokeback Mountain (for which he received an Academy Award nomination), and completed the role of The Joker in the forthcoming The Dark Knight. Ledger was found dead in a New York City apartment on January 22, 2008.

Early life and family

Ledger was born in Perth, Western Australia, the son of Sally Ledger Bell (née Ramshaw),[1] a French teacher, and Kim Ledger, a race car driver and mining engineer.[2] Ledger's mother is descended from the Clan Campbell of Scotland and his father comes from a family well-known in Perth. The Sir Frank Ledger Charitable Trust was named after his great-grandfather.[3] Ledger attended Marys Mount Primary School, in Gooseberry Hill, and later Guildford Grammar School and its preparatory school of the same name.

Early career

At sixteen, Ledger sat for early graduation exams, and left school to pursue an acting career[4] with girlfriend Jenna Sorrell. With his best friend, Trevor DiCarlo, Ledger made the cross-country drive to Sydney. He returned to Perth for the TV series Sweat (1996), in which he played a gay cyclist. In 1996, prior to his film debut in the 1997 Australian movie Blackrock, Heath Ledger was involved in the short lived Fox Broadcasting Company fantasy-drama Roar. In 1999, Ledger starred in the teen comedy 10 Things I Hate About You and also had the lead role in the acclaimed Australian movie Two Hands, directed by Gregor Jordan.

2000-2008

He starred in The Patriot, Monster's Ball, A Knight's Tale, Ned Kelly, The Order, and The Brothers Grimm. In 2001, he won a ShoWest Award for the Male Star of Tomorrow based on his performance in The Patriot, and worldwide release of A Knight's Tale. In 2003, he was named one of Australian GQ's Men of the Year for acting. In 2005, Ledger received a "Best Actor in a Drama" Golden Globe nomination for his acclaimed performance in Brokeback Mountain, in which he plays Wyoming ranch hand Ennis Del Mar, who has a love affair with aspiring rodeo rider Jack Twist, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. In the New York Times review of the film, critic Stephen Holden wrote:
"Both Mr. Ledger and Mr. Gyllenhaal make this anguished love story physically palpable. Mr. Ledger magically and mysteriously disappears beneath the skin of his lean, sinewy character. It is a screen performance, as good as the best of Marlon Brando and Sean Penn."[5]
In another review in Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote:
"Ledger's magnificent performance is an acting miracle. He seems to tear it from his insides. Ledger doesn't just know how Ennis moves, speaks and listens; he knows how he breathes. To see him inhale the scent of a shirt hanging in Jack's closet is to take measure of the pain of love lost."[6]
Ledger received "Best Actor of 2005" awards for Brokeback Mountain from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance. In the same year, Ledger played a fictionalized version of Giacomo Casanova in Casanova. The film, a romantic comedy which co-starred Sienna Miller, drew mixed reviews from critics and failed to find a significant audience among general moviegoers, though it fared better on DVD. In 2006, Ledger was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[7] In 2007, he was one of six actors to portray different sides of singer Bob Dylan in the film I'm Not There. On July 21, 2006, Ledger was officially confirmed to play iconic comic book villain The Joker in The Dark Knight, the sequel to the 2005 film Batman Begins, opposite fellow I'm Not There star Christian Bale. The film is set to debut on July 18, 2008.[8] He was filming The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus at the time of his death.

Music

Ledger started a record company with singer Ben Harper. His first step in the music business was directing Harper's music video for "Morning Yearning". He had directed and produced Australian artist N'Fa's work, including his video "Seduction is Evil". In 2006, Ledger directed three music videos: "Cause an Effect" and "Seduction Is Evil (She's Hot)" for Australian hip-hop artist N'fa, as well as "Morning Yearning" for Ben Harper.

Press reception

Ledger had a turbulent relationship with paparazzi photographers. It is alleged that he spat at and assaulted a photographer in Sydney in 2004, while a relative also is alleged to have spat on a photographer in 2005. Ledger strongly denied the accusation.[9] On January 13, 2006, several photographers retaliated, squirting Ledger with water pistols as he walked the red carpet for the Sydney premiere of Brokeback Mountain. Ledger was also subject to criticism in the press following his performance on stage at the 2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Ledger was seen giggling when presenting Brokeback Mountain as a nominee for Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The Los Angeles Times described his behavior as "some kind of gay spoof."[9] Ledger later called the Times to explain that his actions were the result of stage fright, saying that he was only told he would be presenting the award minutes beforehand. "I am so sorry and I apologize for my nervousness," Ledger told the newspaper.[10] Ledger also came under fire after he was quoted in January 2006 in Australia's Herald Sun as saying that West Virginia had banned Brokeback Mountain (which it had not). He also referred to the state as having had lynchings as recently as the 1980s. These statements have been roundly disputed by archivists and historians, who have found that the last extra-legal public hanging in West Virginia occurred in 1931.[11]

Personal life

Ledger had a relationship with Naomi Watts, whom he met in 2002 during the filming of Ned Kelly. They started dating in August 2002. The couple ended their relationship in April 2004. Previously, he had dated actresses Lisa Zane and Heather Graham. Ledger was engaged to actress Michelle Williams, whom he met on the set of Brokeback Mountain.[12][13] Their daughter, Matilda Rose was born on October 28, 2005. The child's godparents are Ledger's Brokeback costar Jake Gyllenhaal and Williams' Dawson's Creek castmate Busy Phillips. Ledger and his family divided their time between Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Sydney.[1] Ledger sold his Australian residence in Bronte, New South Wales, for A$7 million.[14][15] In August 2007, Us Weekly reported that Ledger and Williams ended their relationship because of their busy schedule. Neither Ledger nor Williams had confirmed the rumor at that time.[16] On September 4, 2007, Williams' father, Larry, confirmed to Sydney Daily Telegraph that Ledger and Williams had indeed split.[17] In early 2008, Ledger was reported to be seeing model Gemma Ward after media articles linked the two together at end of 2007 holiday celebrations.[18] Ledger died in an apartment in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, New York on January 22, 2008. Ledger's body was found at around 3.30pm by a housekeeper and a masseuse, who entered the bedroom to find him unconscious in bed, surrounded by pills. Police do not suspect foul play.[19][20][21][22][23]