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Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Heath Ledger - RIP

I heard late yesterday evening with initial disbelief of the unexpected death of Australian actor Heath Ledger, aged 28 years. He was found dead in his New York apartment by his house-keeper. Initial indications are that drugs were involved, although I heard this morning that these may have been prescription drugs, possibly sleeping pills. Whatever happened it is desperately sad.

Heathcliff Andrew Ledger
4 April 1979 - 22 January 2008

- Rest in Peace -

Heath Ledger was still in the early stages of his acting career and many thought he would have a successful future - sadly that is not now to be. Obviously I knew him best from his role in Brokeback Mountain, and this link will bring up all my posts to date on this movie and related matters. His role in that movie as a closeted gay man was vivid and painful to watch - his performance was in a word superb. The Wikipedia article on Heath Ledger has already been updated to include news of his demise and the BBC obituary is here, with the link to its video report on his death here.

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