Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Heath Ledger Found Dead
I don't usually post on stuff like this, but I was absolutely shocked to hear that minutes ago, the NYT has posted an article that Heath Ledger was found dead in his apartment a few hours ago. It appears to be a suicide, but there's no real information. I won't make any speculations here, but this is really sad news. Read the brief bulletin here.

5 comments:

suzie said...

My sister and I are very saddened by Heath's death. He was so talented. I have been following him for such a long time - it was so exciting to see him do so well with Brokeback Mountain and I was looking forward to seeing where his career was going to go. Very sad, sad news especially because it was so unexpected. Of course all the sadder when thinking of his young child.

Roland said...

I was also incredibly shocked. What an extreme loss of a young talented man. I heard that he problems sleeping during the filming of Batman and possibly had pneumonia. So it could be a number of reasons at this point.

Brokeback Mountain was one of my favorite movies of all time. The scenes with Ennis saying goodbye to Jack in life as well as at the end in death were heartbreaking.

Rest in peace Heath. I hope you find a better place to rest your soul than you had on earth.

Nikki Stafford said...

Suzie: I know, I'm so sad thinking of little Matilda. I wonder if he had depression issues? He always seemed rather sullen in interviews.

Roland: Well said. I adored Brokeback, and it's sad when such a talent dies so young. It's like hearing that River Phoenix was dead.

Kristin said...

Nikki, exactly my thoughts. Thinking about River Phoenix's death still gets to me, because I think today he would have been one of the best actors out there. Another Johnny Depp. I just think many films would have been much different and much better with River.

And now the same thoughts run through my head about Heath. He was just starting to bloom in more serious roles. He had so much ahead of him.

I can't believe how much this is affecting me.

fb said...

i tend to think it was an accidental overdose, as opposed to anything deliberate ... he'd had trouble sleeping and admitted to taking ambien in interviews to help with that, and he had pneumonia on top of it. according to the reports i've read, he left no note, and given how he adored his little girl, i can't imagine he would intentionally leave her (though i totally agree that he was sullen and miserable in most interviews). i think he thought he could handle more meds than he actually could, and paid the ultimate price for it.

my poor little goddaughter is devastated. he was her entire world. (think back to when you were 16 and obsessed with your first hard-core celebrity crush!) when we received the news at work, i had to make one of the toughest phone calls of my life. it broke her heart.

i agree, though -- there are shades of river phoenix here, with regards to the unrealised potential. what a shame, and a waste. :(