Heath Ledger has been found dead in his New York apartment.
He was 28.
Police have confirmed that sleeping pills were discovered near the Australian actor’s body. He was found naked and face-down on the floor of his Manhattan apartment by a housekeeper at around 3.30pm New York time on Tuesday.
Heath had reportedly been ill with pneumonia, and had had an appointment for a massage at the apartment in SoHo. The housekeeper went to tell him the masseuse had arrived and found him unconscious at the foot of his bed.
He had recently finished filming his role as the Joker in the new Batman film.
Michelle Williams – his former fianceé and the mother of his two-year-old daughter Matilda – was reported to be ‘devastated’. Michelle, who was filming in Sweden when she heard the news, is now on her way to New York with Matilda. The pair met on the set of Brokeback Mountain, for which Heath earned an Oscar nomination.
Police have told Heath’s family that the death was ‘accidental’.
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