January 22 2008

Heath Ledger Found Dead

JokerWell, this sucks.

Heath Ledger, star of Brokeback Mountain and the upcoming The Dark Knight, has been found dead in a Manhattan apartment.  The apparent cause of death was some form of cardiac arrest as that’s what the call came into police as at 2:27 PM EST.

Considering he was only 28, I hate to say it, but I’m calling drugs on this one.  I hope I’m wrong, I sincerely do, but seeing as pills were found in the vicinity of the bed, things don’t look hopeful for it to be anything else.

When are actors going to learn?  How many have to die in such silly, frivolous ways before they realize they are doing nothing but throwing away their lives?  Ledger was an amazing, rising talent.  His turn in Brokeback Mountain, no matter your view of the subject matter may be, was amazing.  What little of him as The Joker from The Dark Knight that has been seen looks equally genius.  He had a long and bright future ahead of him, I despise the idea he may have intentionally thrown that away with illicit drugs (there’s every chance this is a “Doctor over-medicated him” situation, so I’m not fully condemning him yet).

Only time will tell, but what a horrible loss of a young talent.

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