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This is horrible horrible news... Heath Ledger gone...

Harry here... Heath Ledger was found dead in a Manhattan Apartment today around 2pm according to the NYPD and CNN. At this point - my take on this is... Please don't fucking be true. I first met Heath Ledger 8 years ago on the set of A KNIGHT'S TALE - he was impossibly young, handsome and charming. He went on to become one of our absolutely most talented and promising actors. Right now - he's got the part of THE JOKER in THE DARK KNIGHT. We know filming is complete, but all the post - we have no idea how much of that has been finished. This news is horrifying. Absolutely fucking miserable. What happens now to Terry Gilliam's THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS - which was filming is completely unknown. I don't know what his part was in that - or how vital he was too the film - but GOD FUCKING DAMMIT. I'm so pissed about this. He was married to Michelle WIlliams and they had a 2 year old daughter. I hate this. Hate this. I can't even imagine what we're going to miss. Heath wasn't just talented, but he seemed incredibly grounded and was working with some of the most talented people in film. I'm so pissed about this. Not at Heath - but at the cruel fucking fate of the world that would take an actor at his absolute prime - right when he was about to explode with what seems like an astonishing performance as the Joker. This is just cruel. Cruel to his family, friends and absolutely brutal to all of us that were so looking forward to spending years and years watching him entertain, touch and thrill us in theaters. Fuck - this world sucks some days. Additional news on this... I hear from Quint that Michelle Williams is at Sundance with a film about a woman dealing with the death of her husband. I'm hearing that due to Heath's work on Gilliam's film (2nd lead) - he had done quite a bit of his post production work on THE DARK KNIGHT. And beyond Gilliam's film - he was favored by Malick for Terrence Malick's TREE OF LIFE. Everyone - this is a really really bad situation.

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  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    OMG!

    by kem070396

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:10 p.m. CST

    OMG

    by kem070396

    Isn't this out of left field?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:10 p.m. CST

    yeah

    by Jarek

    I just saw this on the news. Still can't believe it.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Awful News

    by quantize

    wtf

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST

    I want to throw up

    by gboybama

    Just awful.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST

    This is horrible fucking news

    by Virtual Satyr

    I seriously am just not even fucking allowing this to sink in yet. This is just fucked.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST

    So sad.

    by skywalkerfamily

    It's sad how drug use kills our culture.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST

    by p dot rick

    This is awful news

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST

    So true, Harry. So true.

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    God damn shame.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST

    I cant believe this...

    by Sakurai

    He was just starting to show what he was capable of. One of the finest young actors of our day. RIP.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST

    If ADR isn't done yet they could get Mark Hamill

    by Anakin Whoopass

    Just saying.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST

    REST IN PEACE HEATH...

    by BonerDonor

    it hurts...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST

    wow this is awful

    by ClockWorker

    I was just starting to warm up to the guy

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by hadez

    At first I thought it was a cruel joke, but I turned on my TV and there it was. Goddammit! The Dark Knight was going to open up so much for him.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST

    And I'm glad you pointed on the family aspect.

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    Yes, he was a good actor and a charming man. But, honestly, the most tragic thing about this is that there is a 2 year old girl who will never know her father. That's the most damning thing of all.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Them Drugs will end ya son

    by Itto Ogami loses Daigoro

    true that.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Hate to nitpick

    by deaddovedontoeat

    But I don't think he and michelle actually got married, just FYI. This is really devastating.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Rest in peace....a truly great actor...

    by jojo-pimp

    i dont know what to say..a great actor...seemed like a good person...had no idea he had drug problems at all. Hopefully the Dark Knight will turn out to be a great tribute showcasing his talents.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    SHOCKING!!!!!! OMG!!!!

    by Orionsangels

    I can't believe this!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Terry Gilliam

    by Heresy

    Completely sucks about Heath, but did Gilliam take a dump in an indian burial ground or something? Has anyone had worse luck on movies?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    RIP to a real talent

    by WYLD STALLYNS RULES

    Wow. I am absolutely stunned by this news. Just stunned. This is hitting me hard, for some reason. What a terrible loss. Prayers for Mr. Ledger and his family.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    RIP..great start to the day in australia..FKS SAKE

    by couP

    what the hell prompted this, seriously...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    ????????????????????

    by utz_world

    I am in a total state of shock right now. Damn. Damn. Damn.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    WOAH!

    by Rufferto

    When I heard this I though the story was fake. That's crazy.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Dang!

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    He was a great actor and guy!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    This is terrible news

    by SJBKAT

    Looks like "The Dark Knight" will be his farewell performance. Wow, this is just horrible. I feel terrible for his kids... TMZ is reporting that it doesn't look like a crime because pills were found near the body.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Holy Shit!

    by JohnDeaux

    Did you ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight? Sleeping pills...damn.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    HORRIBLE

    by timryanokane

    What a fucking waste. A waste.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Harry...

    by Spacekicker2001

    "I'm so pissed about this. Not at Heath - but at the cruel fucking fate of the world that would take an actor at his absolute prime " NOT at Heath...he's the one that did the drugs man. It's no one's fault but his own..unfortunately. It's sad. but dude...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    That's why we don't play with drugs....

    by THE FAN

    I know it sounds mean of me to say. But I don't have much sympathy for stupid people who use drugs.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    WTF

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    Kids, stay off drugs. Not that we know for sure yet, but "pills were strewn about" is not good.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    fate didn't take him, Harry

    by ArcadianDS

    reports say he was 'surrounded by pills scattered on the floor'.<p> Dont blame fate - fate probably wanted him to make many many more great films. Instead he popped some pills and got the drop on fate.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    R.I.P

    by Francis Begbie

    This is my first time writing in an obit talkback, I'm sure I should have done this for more entertainers but Heath is really the first one I watched grow as an actor and watched most of his movies. This is really sad news. I really don't know what else to say.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Talented actor gone too early

    by MontyPigeon

    I hope his performance as The Joker is the best performance of his career. R.I.P man.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    so so sad

    by rhaps0dy

    ABSOLUTELY GUTTED, SO SO SAD HE REALLY WAS A BRILLIANT ACTOR, MY CONDOLENCES GO TO ALL HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by Dragolion

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Absolutely shocking

    by ballyhoo

    He'd gone from an actor that I didn't give a second thought about, to one that aways had my attention. Fuck, fuck, fuck. A MILLION FUCKS!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Fuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by eric haislar

    This is so sad. All of Geekdom is in shock.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Truly a dark knight

    by rockgolf

    He will be missed. My condolences to his ex & their child. Shocking.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    absolutely devastating

    by onefatman

    I used to watch him as the bike rider in "sweat" here in Aus and you could tell he was different from the rest. This just ruined my day.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Sad news

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    Seemed like he was just starting to get it as an actor. Sorry to hear it ended that way...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Exceptionally Unfortunate

    by Hervoyel

    He was a very good actor. It's times like these when you really understand Paul McCartney's comment when John Lennon died. That whole seemingly flippant "It's a drag" thing was really all about how you just don't have any response to news like that, at least not initially.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    RIP Heath

    by decypher44

    Sad, sad news....

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by rollnstns

    I feel bad for his little girl. But if the early reports of a drug related death are true, i don't feel sorry for him. I hope drugs weren't the cause.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    OH SHIT!

    by PirateEmery

    Well, this is going to put a damper on Dark Knight...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    SHIT

    by kwisatzhaderach

    can't think of anything else to say...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    This is fucked beyond belief.

    by El Mamerro

    Dude was just starting to really fulfill his potential, and was no doubt set for tremendous things after The Dark Knight comes out.<br><br> I can already sense that unsettling "The Crow" feeling creeping into "The Dark Knight". Fucking sucks man.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    FUUCCCKKKKKK!K!!!!!! I can't believe it

    by messi

    This is terrible. The Joker did not have the last laugh.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Terrible. On a side note his joker make up reminded me of Brando

    by SydBarretsMyDad

    another promising actor gone. My fiance is 7 months pregnant with my daughter. I hope I live a long long life with her, and am so sorry for his daughter and family.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    RIP Heath

    by Rickmans Voice

    From Monster's Ball on, I'd really started to enjoy Heath as an actor. A great emerging talent is gone. My thoughts are with his family in this difficult time.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Very sad news

    by AlwaysThere

    Quite a shame indeed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    I was just starting to get into him as an actor

    by kikuchiyoboy

    Sad day indeed. <br> <br> Whatever the case may be about his death I hope his family knows many hearts are with them <br> <br> He was turning into one of the most unique actors and already gave us some wonderful moments in the history of film. Dark Knight will be bittersweet. <br> <br> 29 years old... The world is unreliable.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    I hope somone gives Gyllenhall one of his shirts to smell

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    RIP Heath.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    So wrong

    by TheNothing

    Not many Hollywood deaths shock me, but this one knocked me over. We lose too many greats too early, and he could've been great.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Don't wear white makeup while doing a role...

    by kuldan

    ...it will kill you. (Brandon Lee in "The Crow")

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Fuck

    by iRovr

    That's all I can get out.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Apparently it was sleeping pills

    by Jak0lantern01

    They were found in the bed with him. Just an FYI there. I'm sure the truth will come out. This is the worst news from the entertainment industry......

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Fuck. Fuck. Fuck

    by Scrolly

    Fuck. Not sure what else to say. The guy was going to be a legend.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    This changes the whole Batman movie. It's the CROW all over agai

    by Orionsangels

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Rest in peace Heath, and thank you.

    by the_man_from_Rio

    here's to a talented and accomplished actor who dedicated his life to entertaining us. TOO SOON man...TOO SOON.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    what a shock....

    by Deak the Geek

    can't believe it...RIP Heath

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST

    holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit

    by just pillow talk

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST

    News...

    by deaddovedontoeat

    it said he was filming the gilliam one right now in london, and something in france, so maybe he was done on TDK, doesn't matter to me anymore in a way, I don't wanna worry logistics and such...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST

    RIP Heath Ledger

    by boyblue

    Fuck it's on the TV, it's on the news right now and it still doesnt feel true, So fucking shocked!! My condolances to his family, it's a sad day indeed...............

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Cut down in the prime of his life...

    by Redrockmullet

    Seriously... imagine where his career would have gone could he have made it past batman?!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST

    MSNBC reported he was surrounded by pills

    by JJ Rage

    Just a shame. Really just a shame.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Sucks, Man....just sucks.

    by Brians Life

    I don't believe in God, or Fate or Time or anything grander than this: We're here and than we're gone. That said, I enjoyed Heath Ledger and just wish he weren't "gone"...least not yet.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST

    LOVE KILLS : (

    by Mace Tofu

    He was pronounced dead at 3:26 p.m. in his downtown Manhattan residence by his housekeeper, who discovered him in cardiac arrest and called 911, an NYPD spokesperson says. He was apparently scheduled to have a massage in his apartment this afternoon. Sources tell CBS 2's Scott Weinberger the death may be drug-related and that there were pills scattered around the room. Ledger had recently separated from his wife, actress Michelle Williams. The couple have one daughter, Matilda. This is sad, I hope they didn't have a big fight and he killed himself over her . Heath was in the midst of filming "The Imaginarium Of Dr. Parnassus." Poor Terry G can't get a break

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Joker is going to be one historic performance

    by messi

    Fucking hell I still can't believe it.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    awful awful news

    by ScreamingPenis

    many people thought he was a nothing actor, but then he started turning into something really fantastic. this hurts.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    OH MY GOD.

    by cinemixtape.com

    The Dark Knight will now just be fucking weird. Like "The Crow" weird. Brandon Lee anyone??? Kinda?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Terrible

    by earl of sandwich

    This is obviously awful news. I feel so bad for his family and his little girl. The fact that he was on his way to super stardom with what looks like an absolutely amazing performance as the Joker makes it all the sadder. Please for the love of god, let's all show a little respect? The first asshole (and he's waiting in the wings, beleive me) to crack some dumb ass joke in this talkback should get a Jay & Silent Bob ring at his door bell moments after. To have his teeth punched down his throat.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    What a stupid fucking shit...

    by JKrow21

    I honestly don't feel bad for him. He had everything going for him and goes and throws it away for some pills.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Hard when a person is taken so young.

    by C Legion

    Famous or not, talented or not, no man should go so soon. Thus is life, and death. RIP.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    I wonder

    by 0dd

    If it had anything to do with him playing such a dark character....you hear all the time how certain actors get so deep into their roles that it can over take them. Hope this wasn't the case

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    "Drug Use"

    by Francis Begbie

    We don't know he did drugs, he was found with sleeping pills, he might not have a had a drug problem, stop jumping to conclusions, he was found with sleeping pills, he could of bought them to kill himself, it's not like Brad Renfro who was known to have a drug problem.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    How fucked would it be...???

    by rollnstns

    If there were a "Why so Serious?" note at the scene?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Um, Brandon was killed by a gunshot on the set

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    It's a tad different from possibly ODing in your bedroom, but nonetheless, a sad loss indeed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Terrible waste of a talented fantastic actor who was about to ex

    by bongo123

    Condolences to his family.. man wasnt expecting that when i clicked on AICN.. i keep waitin for the star trek teaser in HD and this happens... man, i thought he was class

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    It wasn't "cruel fate" it was DRUGS

    by Moa Kaka

    I'm sorry he's gone, and he was a fine actor. But don't say this was life's "cruel fate." People who take drugs gotta know it's killing them, even if slowly. His "fate" was in his own hands.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    SON OF A BITCH!

    by DarthJedi

    Speechless. Just speechless.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    the last line

    by HoLyWooD444

    sums my feelings up perfectly R.I.P.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Pretty crazy

    by happybunni

    Did being the joker screw him up and lead him to this? I've read about movie roles leading people to go insane

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    his best roles

    by ArcadianDS

    something I think all obits here should start incorporating is a nice list of 'watch this and watch that' for people who sadly cannot claim to know the recently departed all that well.<p> I cant even name the film, but I caught a showing on Showtime one saturday of an Aussie film where he played opposite a young girlfriend who got wrapped up in drugs and dismay after a promising start. Despite its hauntingly prophetic nature, it was a very genuine performance by Heath; and showed some acting chops Id yet to see in any of his American works. If anyone knows the film, it should be mentioned in this thread so people can seek it out.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST

    If this is a joke by Warner ...

    by ludmir88

    but no. It's not. Personally i'm kind of sad. RIP

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Sad

    by picardsucks

    Sad

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST

    so so sad

    by christophermoltosante

    im almost in tears here, i cannot believe someone who would go on to become one of my generations greatest actors could go in the same way as so many before him. goodnight godbless Heath, Lets put a smile on that face.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Un-be-fucking-lievable!

    by Zardoz

    Man, this is unreal! Talk about coming out of left field...everyone was expecting Britney or Winehouse to OD next, but Heath Ledger? Jesus! I am shocked, positively shocked. I wonder if this was accidental or deliberate? Such a tragedy. R.I.P. Mr. Ledger, you will be missed...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST

    this can't be real

    by BrightEyes

    seriously

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Wowwy wow wow.

    by TheJake

    This news was totally out of left field dude. What a bummer. I bet Jack Nicholson had him whacked...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST

    watching the Dark Knight

    by hard8

    is going to be a sad affair now. everytime he apears on screen I'm just going to be reminded that that's it. This is all we are ever going to see from him. He's gone.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Awful news.

    by DKT

    His poor family. I can't imagine what they're going through.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST

    This is like getting hit by Ali in his prime - never see it comi

    by StraightToHell

    This is beyond tragic news. He was fast becoming one of my favorite actors. And with Joker, it looked like the guy was about to enter true stardom.... I'm at loss for words. Of all people to go, talk about the least expected. I will miss him a lot. Poor soul....

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST

    IF it was drugs

    by call7000

    Then Harry, the "world" didn't take him. He did with the shit he put in his body. With that said, I will miss him. Really talented, seemingly a bit of a strange guy-- in a good way. He'll be missed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST

    I'm not a shrink but...

    by Ravyn

    I don't think people planning suicide make massage appointments. Hopefully, (if there is such a thing in this case)it'll turn out to be accidental.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST

    wow

    by mmaddox3

    this sucks so fucking much, its unbelieveable

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Why don't we actually wait and see?

    by TheLastCleric

    Some of you fuckbags are already wiggling your fingers and admonishing the man when in reality we don't know anything. For all we know he accidently overdosed on legal drugs and even if he didn't, this still fucking sucks and if the only response you can muster is "he had it coming" or something to that effect then you're a pretty empty, nasty little fucking person. This news sucks, it hurts, and it's going to strip much of the joy right out of watching The Dark Knight.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST

    My Condolences

    by NivekJ

    I was really looking forward to seeing his performance as the Joker, but now, none of that seems to matter. I hope his family and friends can heal from this, and whatever demons were plaguing him won't be the ruin of someone else. "This sucks" doesn't being to describe how terrible this all is. Death is cruel, but suicide is even worse. Once again, my condolences to Heath's family through all this.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:20 p.m. CST

    To early to throw blame around

    by AlwaysThere

    Self imposed or accidental it's not time to jump to conclusions.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:20 p.m. CST

    R.I.P.

    by joeolvera2

    What a waste.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Too

    by AlwaysThere

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Where did THAT come from?

    by brycebishop

    Never a fan of Brad REnfro. His dying seemed like an inevitability. This is like a kick in the nuts. Seriously. R.I.P dude.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Bullshit!!!

    by Dragolion

    Why could it not have been Paris Hilton or Britney Spears?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Dam it

    by Ellms

    Waiting for so long for the Dark Knight and then today Ledger dies, dam it, i thought for sure he would have been on superstardom right after The Dark Knight but dam drugs will fucking do that. A bitter shame, but alas RIP mate.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Well

    by mrbonefish

    With pills reported all over the room, not as well grounded as you thought. RIP dude and long live the Joker.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    TheLastCleric

    by EvilGeek1

    I agree whole-heartedly. Let's not do a Renfro here people (you know who you are). Show some fucking compassion!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Doesn't even begin to set in

    by BobPalpatine

    Talk about an actor who never 'peaked'. He always chose the most interesting roles, and The Joker probably wouldn't have even been the most interesting. I can only imagine the roles he would have picked up with his new found clout. Damn fucking shame really. I don't mean to disparage any of the other deaths posted on AICN, but it is rare that an actor in such great form and on the rise just dies like this, River Phoenix doens't come close. So much wasted potential - if this was drug related - and such a shame overall.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Nice to see the D.A.R.E. crowd show up

    by jub3i

    yes, it sounds like drugs contributed but until you know the whole story, why not STFU about it?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Crazy...

    by DanielKurland

    That's really, really too bad. I wonder what happened.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    R.I.P

    by damned-dirty-ape

    The man was a unique talent.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Tragic

    by GOB Adama

    A tragedy, and I feel loss similar to what Harry described... However if it was an accidental O.D. then it only goes so far to something more akin to "You'll be missed, dummy. You seemed smarter than that". However, if he punched his own ticket then, well, I am angry at Ledger.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    This is gutwrenching

    by liljuniorbrown

    He seemed like someone who had it all together (cliche',i know) as opposed to the obvious people on the fast track like Brittney Spears. I really enjoyed his work so far and I'm just dumbfounded. I pray for his family,especially the little one he just left behind. May that little girl and the rest of his family have peace in there lives soon.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST

    GrandMuffTarkin I meant it changes the tone of the film

    by Orionsangels

    No matter what, in the sameway watching the crow. you keep thinking, wow he's dead.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST

    No way. No fucking way.

    by HueyFreeman

    Please tell me this isn't true. This can't be. First Brad Renfro, now this.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Candy is gonna get popular quick.

    by eggbeater

    The news is gonna state all kinds of bullshit like "Look at the similarities at the movie and Heath's life." He was a great actor but the truly sad part is that he's got a two year old daughter. Damn Shame.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Viral Marketing at it's best.........

    by Jabbu

    Genius

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST

    WTF

    by Gungan Slayer

    I just saw the headline on Yahoo and thought it was some sick joke. what the fuck man. this sucks. he was a good rising actor.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Drug overdose eh.

    by jdl82

    Didn't I say earlier that I was worried as to what psychological tolls transforming into the Joker persona might effect? The Joker killed him.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST

    TDK

    by kbass

    Sitting in a theater checking the movie out will have a very different feeling now. What was a summer popcorn flick will now be very similar to watching "The Crow" following the untimely demise of Brandon Lee. Ledger's death colors the entire project.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Shocking.

    by Papa Lazaru

    No other word for it . Just plain shocking.The guy was the same age as me.A very talented and much admired actor in view. My thoughts go out to his family and friends .

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST

    just want to say

    by vaterite

    this is awful Heath, you were great, you won't be forgotten

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Man...this is just dreadful news.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I'm shocked...<P>His performance in BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN is one of the most emotionally nuanced I've even seen. When he was cast as the Joker in TDK, I knew we were going to be in for something good. I just can't imagine the sad shadow this is going to cast on that film...not to mention his life and legacy. A true shame.<P>RIP.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Wow...

    by griffery

    I'm so surprised right now. This is awful news. It's gonna be pretty sad seeing him in Dark Knight... hopefully the joker can be at least wrapped up because we don't need a second actor replacement in the Batman series.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:23 p.m. CST

    "Why so serious?"

    by Orionsangels

    Everything about him being the Joker now seems creepy.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:23 p.m. CST

    im sorry but...

    by joevfx

    you can call it a cruel world all you want but... if ehdid overdose or kill himself.. he is one freakign selfish ass. The dude had a daughter and was about to become a houshold name as the joker and make millions of batman fans happy and he goes and kills himself. im sorry i had respect for him before but now he is just a crackhead to me.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Just a sickening loss...

    by Frank Black

    Horrible!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:23 p.m. CST

    There are some real assholes on this site...

    by jojo-pimp

    NO ONE knows exactly why he did it, what his reasons were..dont judge until you have walked in someone else's shoes. No, i do not believe in suicide, but no one knows what kind of personal problems or hell he may have been going through.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:24 p.m. CST

    That is Joker

    by messi

    complete anarchy thinking everything's a joke. Fuck this is fucked.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:24 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Heath

    by MacTard420

    it's a damn shame when any talented person leaves this world too soon. He will be missed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:24 p.m. CST

    THE RULE OF 3

    by StephenHawkingDiarrhea

    They just better not take someone else. Seriously, are we going to find out Jake Gyllenhaal or Shia LaBeaouf is next? This is a goddamn tragedy.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Death miscast

    by Automaton Overlord

    It should have been Nicholson

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:24 p.m. CST

    .

    by torontoxic

    .Nothing to say. Just.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:24 p.m. CST

    If it's a drug overdose...

    by Hellboy

    ....then Ledger is just another selfish, dead asshole who left a kid behind and the only thing nerds should be pissed at is Ledger. If it's natural causes, then my condolences. He was a talented dude.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Nothing as been confirmed yet

    by Virtual Satyr

    So don't start with the whole fucking drugs done him in yet. Fucking god damn...this could have been a terrible accident. Get the facts straight beofre you fucking judge him.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Drugs...

    by deaddovedontoeat

    Suck, we all know they do, but people make mistakes, so I'm not losing my sadness for him or his family just because a substance was involved. That just seems too heartless.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:24 p.m. CST

    unbelievable

    by freydis

    unfreakinbelievable

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:24 p.m. CST

    JKrow21

    by earl of sandwich

    I rest my case. No one asked you to feel bad for him, he's dead, he can't read your post dipshit. Who you should feel sad for is his daughter, who doesn't have a daddy anymore. Why do people think they need to pass judgement on someone who is no longer alive? Show some fucking respect for the people who are left to mourn them (family OR fans).

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Christ Harry... wake up

    by Darkryder

    Dude, please. It's everyone elses fault but his own? Thanks, guess I should turn myself into the police. Wake up Harry.. Heath did it to himself FOR WHATEVER REASON. My prayers go out to his 2yr old and wife. May you find peace in all this crap. And Harry.. wake up man.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    God damn.

    by Badger999

    God fucking damn it.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    I hate it too

    by CherryValance

    I can't accept that this is true. It's just not how it's supposed to go.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Will this affect The Dark Knight?

    by feckdrinkarse

    Truly sad. Such a waste. R.I.P.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Such a shame.....

    by godhatesyou

    This was gonna be his year. R.I.P

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    R.I.P

    by Fineus Fog

    Man his performance in Brokeback was up there with the best. And it looked like his Joker was going to be THE DEFINITIVE Joker Dman this sucks

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Just a thought...

    by Mistahtibbs

    What if the "pills" were aspirin he was taking for a headache and he had some sort of aneurysm. It still sucks but it would NOT be a drug overdose. MT

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    its a dam shame

    by hum noises for the Beast

    he was someone who would have been around in the business for a long long time truly sad R.I.P

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    @TheLastCleric

    by ArcadianDS

    not a single person in this thread has typed the phrase "he had it coming" so go put your soap box away. Oh and just so you know; as a general rule, all pills are legal when prescribed by a legitimate physician - so when someone is found dead amid a scattering of pills, you can't really start making determinations about whether they are 'illegal' pills or not. The illegality is determined by the user - the application.<p> I'll grant you this: it is possible that he suffered some form of seizure while taking legal doses of medication, thus pills being strewn around him. Its also possible he took one, swallowed wrong, and simply choked on it. For these possibilities, he deserves a moratorium on our judgement.<p> But I'm going on record that this will be declared an overdose, and that we'll find some unscrupulous money-grabbing pill salesmen calling himself a 'doctor to the stars' at the bottom of this whole sad affair.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    "Suddenly the world seems a bit less bright"

    by dundundles

    A Fucking damn shame. His Joker was going to explode. Hopefully the character meets his end in this movie so we won't have to endure a replacement in Batman 3.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Francis Begbie RE: "Drug Use"

    by Mace Tofu

    News said he had done some rehab before ... and it is kind of hard to OD on sleeping pills. You have to put quite a few in your mouth on purpose. This is just sad that with so much to look forward to he chose to end it all over some personal demons we may never know about.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Tragic and sad

    by ProfGriffin

    No matter what the cause...terrible. A talented actor. He will be missed.

  • ...shut the fuck up. Drugs is always a symptom of other things, and you bastards should get off your high horses and just feel the sadness of a lost talent, and life, like the rest of us. Without the lecture on morality.<p>Besides, even drugs seem to choose victims randomly. We keep a formerly coke-snorting, alcoholic monster as president and lose a terrifically talented actor. We lose.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    by vince27

    Wouldn't it be weird if the death of Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan got people as excited as the death of a movie star. Glad to see our cultural priorities are in order.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Tragic and sad

    by ProfGriffin

    No matter what the cause...terrible. A talented actor. He will be missed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    I concur jub3i -People -stop rushing too judge

    by toadkillerdog

    We have NO idea what the true cause if his deathi s just yet. If he was found at 2 PM - just 3 hours ago, then there is no way that any toxicilogy reporst could have been done, let alone crime scene. Unless theer is a smoking gun or a note in this case, no one knows the true cause of his death. Be it intentional or otherwise. it is just very sad regardless. Accident or otherwise - and the retarded folks on this posting who are glibbly taking shots at drug use and what films may not get finished - grow the fuck up!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Headline news...

    by Ravyn

    is saying he just got back from Europe and that may be why he was taking the pills... trying to get back on East Coast time.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    This is fucking horrible

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    He seemed like he was going to do such great things. It really seemed to have come out of nowhere.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    This guy was one-of-a-kind.

    by Burgundy82

    My thoughts exactly, Harry. We're all going to miss what should've been a lifetime of amazing, amazing work. But fuck all of that: his daughter has to grow up without a father. My prayers are with her and her mother. RIP.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Please,please

    by chuffsterUK

    ....stop concerning yourselves with worries about whether The Dark Knight had finished filming,or what will happen to a sequel.A young man had died,for gods sake-i'm sorry for all the swearing on my other post elsewhere,it just annoys me that all some people care about is a bloody film!!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Awful news, but still, fuck the anti-drug people

    by gruntybear

    Reports so far indicate that it was an overdose of sleeping pills, not a friggin' Nikki Sixx speedball with a dirty needle sticking out of his arm. The "serves him right, he took drugs" people are sickening in their moral superiority. Try seeing the world in shades of something other than black and white, you robots. Fuck. It's River Phoenix all over again.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    RIP Heath

    by Kloipy

    It doesn't matter what movies he might have been in, what matters is the tragedy that will befall his family. I thought he was a good actor and he will be missed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Terrible.

    by TerryMalloy

    That poor little girl...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Speechless..

    by Odog

    ....................................................................................................................................................Peace out Mr. Ledger.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Feels like River Phoenix

    by tra1138

    This is a feeling I haven't felt in quite a while. How unbelievable. Prayers to Michelle and Matilda. I am so sad.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    This is CRAZY!

    by sirbroiler

    Such promise! WTF!!?!?!?! These stupid young fuckers have everything and just throw it away. P.S. He was never married to Michelle Williams. They were engaged...but broke up. DAMN SHAME ON ALL COUNTS!!!!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Man, and in a few more months he

    by skywalkerfamily

    would have been famous another way,

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Let's do the list...

    by spud mcspud

    A KNIGHT'S TALE. BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU. THE DARK KNIGHT. Three I've seen, one I couldn't wait to see - until tonight.<P> This seems inconceivable. Heath really WAS on top of his game - and about ot explode with the role as The Joker. The world was at his feet. He had one hell of a body of work behind him. And, most importantly, a family - whether they were together or not, he and Michelle still had a daughter.<P> RIP Heath - whatever troubled you in this life, may you rest in peace. All our condolences (my fiancee and I) to his family and friends. An ascendant, spectacular talent is gone from us, and I can't fucking believe it.<P> Watching THE DARK KNIGHT will feel like nothing so much as watching THE CROW. One with so much to live for, with so much yet to do, gone far too soon.<P> "Don't let anyone tell you you don't deserve what you really want" - 10 Things I Hate About You.<P> RIP Heath Ledger.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST

    THANKS HARRY

    by BurgerTime

    Some nice words. You really can nail it sometimes. It's a sad loss. Somehow the screen won't shine as brightly from now on. RIP Mr. Ledger. Know that you certainly did entertain us with your vast talents.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Darkryder

    by christophermoltosante

    sometimes its better just to say nothing.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Lay off the drugs

    by Savage Lucy

    Once again, drug abusers give drug users a bad name.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Well,

    by fanboy71

    I gotta think that when you get into drugs, you gotta expect it to end like this. Maybe he should have learned a lesson from River Phoenix. Too bad his daughter will have to grow up without him.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST

    by 40ozToFreedom

    Sad, yes, but all im seeing is reports that it was pills that killed him. I feel bad for his family, and i'll be damned if i'm not pissed that this sucks for the Batman franchise, but if drugs did him in then I can't feel too bad for the guy.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST

    ArcadianDS

    by messi

    movie was called Candy.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Vince27...

    by Ravyn

    good point my friend. I wonder how long we would be over there if they got this kind of coverage?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST

    This fucking sucks.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    R.I.P.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST

    This sucks ass.

    by DuncanHines

    I keep waiting to hear that it's a hoax or something... Also, to the anti-drug people... Please shut up, and show some respect. This isn't what happens when you USE drugs, this is what happens when you ABUSE drugs. There's a difference. Don't talk about shit you don't understand.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by lb

    I can't believe it......very sad. Just utter shock

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Will be hard to watch The Dark Knight

    by rhine1784

    It's going to be so difficult to watch an outstanding performance that I think would have probably given him an Oscar nomination. No one will be able to fill his shoes, that is for sure :( RIP IN HEATH!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Chuffin' horrible

    by ODM

    My kid brother loves A Knight's Tale and Heath in general. He's gonna be gutted when I tell him about this. :(

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Terrible News

    by RowanM

    Very sad. My brother texted me the news. Checked Skynews and here. Found nothing. Thought it was BS, then checked skynews again a few minutes later and there it was. This sucks. Rest in Peace Heath.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Calm down Harry

    by TheKGB01

    sheesh. World isnt ending..but guess it is for Harry... Life goes on dude...oh an get one too.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    It's sad, but let's keep perspective.

    by savagexp

    While the status of future projects are now unknown, the important thing here is that a daughter will grow up without knowing her father. If this was a drug-related issue, it's sad that he didn't get help. My heart goes out to his family.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    This is just awful

    by Purgatori

    I've been near tears with this sick feeling in my gut since I've heard this. This was my Joker, the one that was young and twisted and awesome. Now we only get him in one movie because Heath WAS The Joker. Just from what I've seen he did such an amazing job...I don't want to see anyone else do it. And not only that, but he was just so seemingly nice and so good at what he did. 28 years old...my god... Why? That's all I have to ask. Why?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    THIS IS WHY I'M MAD!

    by johnnykool

    Now we have to find another guy to play the Joker in Batman 3: Revenge of Darth Joker! Mother FUCKING FUCK!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    'The Dark Knight' = the new 'The Crow'

    by henrydalton

    Fucking hell. Such sad news. I'm utterly shocked :(

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    this is so bad

    by funkyknitwear

    haven't felt this way about someone famous dying for years. this is a real tragedy. thoughts going out to his family, to michelle, and to his children. can't take this in properly at the moment.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Meh...

    by Rodo

    ...life is fickle. Permanent solution to a temporary fucking problem. RIP dude...RIP.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Fucking bullshit is what it is...

    by Artifakts

    Heath Ledger was so talented. Fuck, I thought he had all his shit together. Looked up to him because of all the shit he had been through. Well said Harry. He was a brilliant actor with tremendous ability. He will so be missed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Hate hearing this...

    by Vonfolger

    Not because he was anyone special, but because losing your life to substance abuse is utter fucking bullshit.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    When I wrote for the Joker

    by jdl82

    Last year, I spent several days writing journal entries for the Joker on a certain web page that had "Mr. Sand Man" playing in the background. I stopped and took down the page after I found myself becoming too engrossed in the Joker persona. It was psychologically unhealthy. <p>That having been said, it is widely known that Ledger locked himself in a hotel for months, trying to summon that same persona. <P>If I began to grow disturbed after a few days, I can only imagine how disturbed he eventually became during his so-called psychological "training," Actually, I guess I do know... now. R.I.P., Ledger. You are the only real person that the Joker killed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    This is just terrible and shocking.

    by Psyclops

    The guy was a talented actor but he was also a father. I feel bad for his family, man. Everyone was getting so excited about his performance in THE DARK KNIGHT, including myself, and just when it looked like he was doing great things as a performer this has to happen. I just hope it wasn't drugs. It would be a fucking shame if both Brad Renfro and Heath Ledger, two bright young actors, were taken away within a week of each other by that shit. I'm really shocked by this one. RIP.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by Tman2626

    I feel for your family and even yourself. Sleeping pills can be a very dangerous thing if abused. Hey at least he has what appears to be a great performance to carry on his name, none of us can say that.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. LEDGER

    by snakecharmer

    If we feel sad, I can't imagine the hurt his family is feeling. My heart goes out to them. We don't know what happened yet. I've never gotten the whole drug thing. I enjoy a beer once in a while. Just don't need that much escape to get into drugs. Suicide... the most selfish thing in the world.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    WHY IS IT

    by johnnykool

    We lose someone like Heath Ledger, but god damn Amy WInehouse and Britney Spears are still alive???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    We All Understand

    by xmanse

    Alot of my mates aren't into movies as much as me. Some of our friends don't understand why this sucks so much. When we're sitting in our rooms watching whatever for the 15th time, we share these stories with the people who make films. So my friends look at me and say Why So Serious? We all understand why don't we?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    When I wrote for the Joker...

    by jdl82

    Last year, I spent several days writing journal entries for the Joker on a certain web page that had "Mr. Sand Man" playing in the background. I stopped and took down the page after I found myself becoming too engrossed in the Joker persona. It was psychologically unhealthy. <p>That having been said, it is widely known that Ledger locked himself in a hotel for months, trying to summon that same persona. <P>If I began to grow disturbed after a few days, I can only imagine how disturbed he eventually became during his so-called psychological "training," Actually, I guess I do know... now. R.I.P., Ledger. You are the only real person that the Joker killed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Hmm.

    by UCFKevin

    So, it's fate that made Ledger accidentally ingest too many pills? Screw that and screw him, if it was indeed suicide. There's no excuse for leaving a child behind.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    bongo123

    by misterdude

    This is off topic, R.I.P Heath Ledger, but the HD trailer is here my friend: http://www.paramount.com/startrek/ Apologies if this is old news.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Terrible

    by Razorback

    So sad...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    It's pretty tragic, but

    by Novaman5000

    like others have commented, It's looking as though you can't blame this on fate or the cruel cruel world. If he overdosed, than he killed himself, and that's terrible and sad, but there's will be only one person to blame for that. Regardless, RIP sir.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST

    It's a shame you didn't get the viewer feedback

    by hallmitchell

    From your role as the Joker. I'm sorry you were in a dark place and you felt you couldn't reach out to anybody. I will leave the talkback with this proverb. Suicide. Long term solution to short term problem. If it wasn't suicide I will take the words back. Reports are coming in his place was filled with pills.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST

    This is not cool news.

    by Specktron

    Ledger was definitely becoming a great actor and he had a mixed and varied body of work behind him. This is one of the first times I feel really sad about a dead celebrity/actor and I feel that the world has lost an interesting and heck, even sometimes electrifying, talent. Monster's Ball was the moment it started happening, and I hope that we can still watch a riveting performance from him in The Dark Knight that will do him justice. I don't care if its finished or not, that's not important. What sucks is the father of a young family losing his life. <p> If anyone's more bothered about the film, then you need to hide from your reflection for a few weeks.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST

    ROAR! Was awesome! Ledger is in Vahalla now.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Heath, thanks for the memories and films. Your memory will continue until all us follow.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Very very sad.

    by TattooedBillionaire

    R.I.P. I saw great things in his future. Sigh.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST

    OH MY GOD

    by Veraxus

    I don't even know what to say. To think of all the incredible movies we'll never see him in. The guy was fucking talented as hell, and this news is just crushing. Absolutely crushing. Oh God, I hope this report is false. I really, really, REALLY do.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Rest in Peace...

    by Raging Dogs Productions

    Sad, sad day.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Fucking tragic...

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    Sadly this happens more times than it should. Talented guy and more importantly he had a family. There's a 2 year old girl who won't ever get to know her father and that makes me feel horribly sad for everyone involved. <p> R.I.P. Heath

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST

    This is just awful news

    by Gabba-UK

    Such a talent cruelly struck down too too early. But if it does turn out to be drug related it may focus some peoples minds to steer clear of that shit and some good come of it. RIP Heath and thoughts go to your family.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST

    So strange

    by vadakinX

    I keep thinking that he's gonna walk out on some talkshow tonight dressed in full make up to reveal that it was just one big Joker prank. <p> This is all so weird. A real shame. At least his final role will immortalise him and he'll never be forgotten.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST

    There should be laws against paparazzi

    by liljuniorbrown

    Fuck you each and all. A job is a job but these fuckers like TMZ who are already paying people to go through his garbage and sending out camera people to stalk the mother of his now fatherless child should all collectively die. That fucker Harvey Levin deserves the worst kind of death a person could have. They laugh at shit like Owen Wilson trying to off himself then try and act all concerned about this situation all the while exploiting the shit out of it. I'm not trying to be an ass but really,Right now as i'm typing i'm watching them lurk outside his home and his friends and family homes trying to push past police to be the first one's to photograph his body being placed in a bag. Fucking vultures.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST

    this does suck...

    by The Dum Guy

    not much else to say...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST

    The Gilliam curse strikes again.

    by Batutta

    Horrible news...but anyone who's seen Lost in La Mancha knows what I'm talking about.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by simiantwin

    So sad. Is there any point arguing the toss now? Lets hope The Dark Knight is a suitable bang to go out on!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    ENNIS DEL MAR BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES

    by BringingSexyBack

    Farewell Heath. You went too fucking soon.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    This is just F****G aweful...no other words really...

    by Wldmk

    A fine actor, always liked him and the roles he played, just utterly tragic - RIP Heath...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    BRANDON LEE AND THE CROW

    by Gay Jesus Christ

    Notice the similarities to the Crow and Heath's Joker and How they both act a little crazy and how they both died? spooky.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Arcadian...

    by mrevilbreakfast

    The movie you're thinking of was called "Candy". This is indeed a tragedy, I was really looking forward to seeing him in TDK. Now... well, it won't be the same. Two Hands is still one of my favourite movies, everyone here should check it out if they can. Great Aussie flick. He was just starting to come into his prime after taking a fairly dangerous role in Brokeback. A waste. Fuck.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    so SO sad... ='(

    by thedarkestknight

    Just seen this on the BEEB and Sky news... as someone who's always admired his skills and a HUGE Batman Begins (and sequel) fan I'm GUTTED, 29 years of age man, that's no age to go... RIP Heath (and pleeeeeeeeeease, someone locate the disrepectful TIT who put a huge picture of a c**k* on his wikipedia page, and give him a slap) *now gone

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Horrible shock

    by buffywrestling

    His poor family. I'll remember him as a very talented man. Really understated performance in Brokeback Mountain and those pictures of the Joker....that got more hyped to see the movie than anything else so far. His take is just going to be fasinating. Fuck.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Ain't It Shitty News

    by uppercanuck

    I usually don't feel physically shocked when I hear about a celeb death but this one knocked me off my arse. He's a father, too, isn't he? Wow. Bad, bad news.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Mary Kate Olson's apt?

    by mikaelthoon

    Wow. That can't be good...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST

    The truly sad thing isn't that...

    by poeticwarriorII

    he's gone, but that he had the world by the fucking balls and it didn't mean shit to him. THAT is what's truly sad. If this wasn't an accident he should've gotten help. RIP

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST

    oh please...

    by mlsmithjr

    You people aren't "devastated". You didn't know the guy. Bunch of fanboys who think they'll miss some cool Joker scene now. Pathetic. Ledger was a fucking coward. What kind of pathetic well-to-do celebrity-class loser checks out and leaves a baby girl behind. He was weak and stupid. There will be another to replace him.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST

    holy shit

    by bibble 3000

    fuck

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Worst viral marketing ever...

    by happybunni

    Hopefully this is all a joke, he was becoming a much better actor as time went on

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST

    A prank, I wish it were

    by dundundles

    If only it were a practical joke, a massive Publicity Stunt designed to promote The Dark Knight. But what on earth would they be trying to promote?!?!?!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Ruven, you need to quiet down...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...for at least a month. Seriously.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Fucking hell

    by Cat_Corporation

    Whatever the cause, this is fucking tragic, sad news. His poor family. Even if he did do it to himself, he must have been one miserable bastard to do it - the bottom line is a guy has died too fucking young and we're all worse off because of it.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST

    misterdude i hope you get banned

    by Kloipy

    this is real life, someone just died, we don't care about star trek you asshole

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Shocking and Sad...He was a fine acting talent

    by KillaKane

    I can't believe it, he had so much promise to develope and truly establish himself. Watching the Dark Knight is going to be a pretty sombre affair for me, I hope his last screen roles are a fitting coda to his short but exceptional acting career.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Sad News......

    by killing joker

    I don't think it will affect TDK too much, we all watch films with dead people in them all the time. Weird that of all the celebs out there who seem so fucked up that someone with actual talent has gone. My name seems a bit too ironic now though........

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST

    I'm in shock...this is beyond awful.

    by Rindain

    I kept thinking this news couldn't possibly be true. I'm still having trouble processing this. Anyway, Olsen better not be responsible for this..

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST

    by johnnykool

    1. He was not that great an actor.<p> 2. How can he be a douche and fuck around with drugs when he has a daughter.<p> 3. Thanks for the link misterdude.<p> 4. My balls itch.<p> 5. Seriously, why wasn't it Amy Winehouse in the news? RIP Heath...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST

    LILJUNIORBROWN

    by BringingSexyBack

    You must live in Brooklyn (Michelle) or Soho? Do me a favor and spit on those fuckers for me. Or throw your toilet water on them.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Dark Knight publicity stunt...

    by AverageMovieGoer

    ... i wish! RIP Heath

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Hey DIPSHIT it was sleeping pills, and I for one Doubt it was in

    by dundundles

    SO FUCK YOU mlsmithjr. There's always gotta be the one asshole.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Son of a...

    by Freak42

    He gets to join River Phoenix in the pantheon of great actors whose best works were ahead of them and now we'll never get to see. Imagine if Robert Downey Jr had kicked it in the early 90s, say right after "Chaplin" and we never got to see all the great work he's done since. That's the sort of entertainment we just lost. He was really one of those actors I thought I was going to get see all my life and be able to say I'd always liked him.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    I can say nothing...

    by ROGERTHORNHILL

    I can say nothing more than what you said, Harry. Our feelings exactly. We all have lost. R.I.P Heath Ledger

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    SHE WAS INVOLVED!

    by mikaelthoon

    IT was her apartment...pretty direct link if you ask me...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Couldn't have said it better than Harry

    by Ayreon2008

    I hope beyond hope this is a bad bad bad bad joke!!! His potential was something I looked forward to seeing happen. My thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones. As mush as this hurts me, it can't be anything compared to what they are going through. RIP Heath, you will always be remembered as an extremely talented and charming person.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Ho-Lee-Shit

    by 5 by 5

    I can't fucking believe this. This is absolutely bad fucking news. I really enjoyed this guy's acting. I feel so bad for his daughter and family. God fucking dammit.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    The James Dean of our time...

    by PaulThomasAnderton

    Brilliant. Iconic. Promise left unfulfilled. This is going to start weird curse of the joker thing...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST

    R.I.P Heath

    by Maximus Prime

    nothing ys can say really...condolences to family and friends

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST

    This was a bad fucking day

    by Vesuvio

    RIP Heath Ledger... shit man, you'll be missed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Wow. Just fucking wow...

    by versatol

    ... was all I could say. TDK looks like one hell of a performance to go out on... but damn... Makes you respect actors like Depp. That guy has learned to remain great without overdosing.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST

    some of u are sick bastards

    by BrightEyes

    don't post anything if all your gonna do is make a sick fucking comment or joke and drug related death or not it's sad news and for some of you fucking nerds who never had theopportunity to take a drug in your life, you have no right to talk about the subject and insult it. bottom line is show some respect or don't show up to post.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Holy FUCK (about Joker and Dark Knight)

    by That 70s Venom

    It is difficult for me to describe in words how fucked up and sad this is. What terrible fucking news. This guy had insane talent and there's no question why he was picked for the Joker. I was just laying in my bed and I heard the news on the radio. I guess this means Joker will not return for a sequel with Christopher Nolan. I wonder if they will use CGI to kill the Joker off in Dark Knight and then dedicate the film to him before the credits roll or before the movie even starts. Or maybe they will get an actor to replace Ledger as the Joker for Nolan's next Batman sequel? I dunno.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:41 p.m. CST

    To all the judgmental cockbags out there...

    by TheAllSeeingEye

    I'm happy you live such sheltered, perfect little lives. It's wonderful to know that there are people out there without a care in the world or a weight on their shoulders. Hooray for you cunts!!<br><br>I've knows several people who've died from drug overdoses; none of them would fit the typical drug addict sterotype you'd see on TV shows and movies and the one that some of you ignorant shitheads have in your brains. Rather they were intelligent, well off people who SHOULD have been happy but weren't. None of these people actually meant to kill themselves but when you can only find relief, albeit temporary, in some drug induced nirvana you'll take it; it beats the shit out of the alternative.<br><br>But that's beside the point since no one knows what kind of drugs Heath OD'd on but some of you are still out to rob the man of any shred of dignity he had by saying the tired and ignorant adage "he had it coming". From what I've read Heath has had alot of heartache recently and he's never been stable. Great people usually aren't. He's more than likely gone too far on a bottle of Prozak or some other drug that an overpaid shrink has dished out.<BR><Br>God bless you Heath, I only hope that there's something beyond this life and you find some happyness. You'll be missed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Horrible.....

    by Seany-Wan

    Watching The Dark Knight will be like watching The Crow.....I don't want to believe this.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    "I would like to know what is at the center of your world."

    by Johnny Smith

    "Well, I'm 22, I guess I would say me." R.I.P. Mr. Ledger. The "Idiot Wind" sequence in I'M NOT THERE broke my heart, and that's no small feat.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    johnnykool, some people have problems you know?

    by Kloipy

    So lay off the guy. If you want to spew your hatred, don't do it in an obit page. So I guess you've never had a problem before huh? This happens all the time and it's sad but people get addicted and things happen so just lay off the guy

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Fox News just said it's an accident

    by CherryValance

    I feel so horrible.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    When I used to write for the Joker...

    by jdl82

    Last year, I spent several days writing journal entries for the Joker on a certain web page that had "Mr. Sand Man" playing in the background. I stopped and took down the page after I found myself becoming too engrossed in the Joker persona. It was psychologically unhealthy. That having been said, it is widely known that Ledger locked himself in a hotel for months, trying to summon that same persona. <p> If I began to grow disturbed after a few days, I can only imagine how disturbed he eventually became during his so-called psychological "training," Actually, I guess I do know... now. R.I.P., Ledger. You are the only real person that the Joker killed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    by thedarkestknight

    mlsmithjr & johnnykool, show a bit of respect huh? no-one knows the facts yet... talk about attention seekers... just die your hair shocking pink eh!?! it'll have the same effect

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST

    R.I.P.

    by Axl Z

    Just on the eve of what seemed like a new phase for him. felt shocked reading he'd gone. R.I.P man.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Thanks Messi

    by ArcadianDS

    The film Candy was easily one of his best performances. And for all of its campiness, I thought he really make A Knight's Tale a watchable film. Brokeback was stupid showmanship, but others seemed to like the heck out of it.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Don't make an icon of him... he was better than that..

    by greigy just wanted to say

    SAD SAD SAD

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST

    This is tragic...unless it's a publicity stunt.

    by Alice Cooper Stalker

    Since all of the mainstream media is reporting this, I'm accepting it as truth...unless it is another guerilla marketing stunt. Given the exteme nature of the marketing for Batman I don't know if that would be out of the realm of possibilities. Assuming that this is real, I feel very sorry for his family and the world. He was a great actor and the glimpses we've seen of his performance as Joker have been nothing short of incredible. The world will miss his next great performance. My fingers are still crossed that his is a hyper marketing stunt. Just incase, RIP Heath.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Sorry for the rant

    by liljuniorbrown

    Everyone else has posted nice,short statements about an actor the liked and will miss,including sentiments towards his family, I how ever ranted about something eveyone already knows and made myself look like a raving lunatic. I want to say again I hope his family will be granted peace in this horrible time and that he was a greta talent and will be missed. I'm still looking forward to DK but now it will be to once more see a legend at his best. Heath Ledger will be remebered as a James Dean of our generation.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST

    This is fucked

    by Bob of the Shire

    RIP man.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST

    They were engaged, not Married.

    by MMacKK

    None of which makes any of this less fucked up. Man, I cannot believe it. So fucked.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST

    SAD...VERY SAD

    by greigy just wanted to say

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST

    R.I.P.

    by Hoshi No Koe

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzHnxkLcQ_w

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Died in Mary Kate's apt?

    by mikaelthoon

    can anyone else confirm this?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Heath was not married, Harry

    by BrowncoatJedi

    They broke off the engagement last fall.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST

    This is truly sad

    by quadrupletree

    Part of me is still sitting here hoping that this a a huge mistake. The asshole part of me is sitting here hoping this doesn't ruin or delay the release of Dark Knight.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Before you all judge

    by chuffsterUK

    Police report he may have overdosed on sleeping pills.The poor sod may have had depression for all we know.I notice some sad,sick fuckers are still only bothered about who will play te Joker in Batman 3.....

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Yeah the TV is reporting an accident, which makes it worse!

    by Orionsangels

    He took some wrong medicine. It seems more like brandon lee and the crow now. In that it didn't have to be. its not an actor who was slowly killing himself or anything, but someone who loved life, who loved his job. so sad.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST

    PLEASE DON'T MAKE A MARTYR ICON OUT OF HIM......

    by greigy just wanted to say

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Shocking news. Very sad.

    by pokadoo

    R.I.P. Heath.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST

    A real shame

    by BizarroJerry

    Ledger seemed like a talented actor with a career on the rise. Even if you argue he did it to himself, it's still terrible it happened. Will this turn him into some legendary person? I wonder. <p> Not to go right into The Joker comments, but this IS AICN, after all. Aside from the "is it finished yet" question, I'm wondering what his fate at movie's end will be. This films may be letting villains stick around, but what if they've filmed it with the Joker dying at the end? That could end up affecting the film's release and everything. In any case, the film will be tainted somehow.<p> But wow, this sucks.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST

    To hell with him.

    by Breotan

    Yea, I said it. Suicide is one of the most selfish self-absorbed things a person can do.<p>Nobody dies in a "social vacuum" either. His wife/gf/whatever and his child are going to pay the price for this for a very long time. Insurance? Survivor benefits? Nope. Not for a suicide. Just pray that he didn't squander his earnings like a lot of celebs seem to do.<p>Heath Ledger. Looked like he was on his way to being really great. Turned out he was just another selfish prick.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    comparisons to The Crow

    by BurgerKing

    I know a lot of people drew comparisons to The Crow, and now its even more similar with the actors fates. This is sad, RIP Heath, he was really talented and I know that his performance will be amazing.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by the beef

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    if it was drugs, fuck 'em.

    by AmericanMovieFan

    i'm sorry, but if he O.D.'d on purpose or killed himself, I don't feel bad for him. I'm mad at him. He's a fucking asshole for this. He's an ass hole to his kid, to his ex-wife, to so many people I'm sure depended on him in some way. I know someone who O.D.'d and died and I've seen how devastated those that cared for him were when it happened. And to me, O.D.ing is so fucking selfish. It's so goddamn selfish. he had his whole fucking life ahead of him and a kid and a career. Sure, I'm pissed about the movies we'll miss out on, but mostly it's just fucked up. What the fuck.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Bale - Solve the crime

    by messi

    fuck.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    I hate that Heath is dead...

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    I hate it! I think he was amazingly talented, but dude, his selfish desires to use and abuse drugs leaves a 2 year old girl with out a father. How is that "fate's" fault, how is that not his own. We don't know all the details yet, but it seems at this point that he OD'd and that responsibility has to lay at his feet. It is sad, it is tragic, but it is also depressing that people can be so selfish and yet others want to blame something else. <P> Maybe when we learn to take responsibility for our own actions as a culture, than we will be able to make strides. Until then...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    if it was drugs, fuck 'em.

    by AmericanMovieFan

    i'm sorry, but if he O.D.'d on purpose or killed himself, I don't feel bad for him. I'm mad at him. He's a fucking asshole for this. He's an ass hole to his kid, to his ex-wife, to so many people I'm sure depended on him in some way. I know someone who O.D.'d and died and I've seen how devastated those that cared for him were when it happened. And to me, O.D.ing is so fucking selfish. It's so goddamn selfish. he had his whole fucking life ahead of him and a kid and a career. Sure, I'm pissed about the movies we'll miss out on, but mostly it's just fucked up. What the fuck.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    PaulThomasAnderton...

    by That 70s Venom

    ... curse of the Joker thing? wtf? Jack Nicholson didn't get cursed. Cesar Romero didn't get cursed (died of old age). Mark Hamil didn't get cursed... so wtf are you talking about dude?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Harlan Ellison, as usual, said it best...

    by Kid Z

    ..."Why is it always JFK and John Lennon instead of Richard Nixon and Paul McCartney?" We can update that to "Why is it always Kurt Cobaine and Heath Ledger instead of Dane Cook and Britney Spears?"

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:47 p.m. CST

    I pray this isnt some viral shit...

    by deadman316

    cause i dont want to see some news post up on batman site saying "why so serious??" fuck.. i guess it was the killing joke.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:47 p.m. CST

    The Joker is a TOUGH character to inhabit

    by iwontwin

    He had complained in interviews that the Joker was keeping him on sleeping pills....who knew it affected him that much. The Dark Knight is going to be such a bummer, shit.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Kloipy and thedarkestknight

    by johnnykool

    Kiss my ass. <p>If it's an overdose he got what he deserved. If you fuck around with drugs you better know your limits. And if you have children, don't fuck around with drugs. <p>Come over, you can dye my pubes pink.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Did the role of the Joker prove to be too much for Ledger?

    by jdl82

    Last year, I spent several days writing journal entries for the Joker on a certain web page that had "Mr. Sand Man" playing in the background. I stopped and took down the page after I found myself becoming too engrossed in the Joker persona. It was psychologically unhealthy. That having been said, it is widely known that Ledger locked himself in a hotel for months, trying to summon that same persona. <p> If I began to grow disturbed after a few days, I can only imagine how disturbed he eventually became during his so-called psychological "training," Actually, I guess I do know... now. R.I.P., Ledger. You are the only real person that the Joker killed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:47 p.m. CST

    it sure as hell doesn't make sense

    by DonnyUnitas

    how a guy like Ledger is gone and yet we still have to share our air with Amy Winehouse and her junkie boyfriend.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Selfish? Wait till we find out to pass final judgement

    by Orionsangels

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:48 p.m. CST

    R.I.P

    by krodnoc

    Fucking horrible news. A total shame.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:48 p.m. CST

    This is very fucked

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    Sometimes, I really fucking hate this world; how lives can end so quickly in the blink of an eye. RIP Heath

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Hear, hear, Kid Z!

    by johnnykool

    Good point.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Only The Good Die Young

    by Heckles

    "They say there's a heaven for those who will wait, some say it's better but I say it ain't; I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints, the Sinners are much more fun... only the good die young." Rest in peace, Heath.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:48 p.m. CST

    May Kate apartment rumor has been debunked

    by BrowncoatJedi

    NOT TRUE.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Wow.

    by Darth Thoth

    I am numb right now. Just numb. May God bless his soul and provide us all with some sort of perspective and understanding in all of this. Wow. I'm just numb right now. And hurt. This is just sad sad news. Man. All I can do is pray right now because this one hurts. My thoughts are with his family and friends. Unreal.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Taking meds 'cause of Joker character affected him.

    by snakecharmer

    So the news channels said he was so affected by the Joker role that he had to get medicated. ????

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Don't compare to the Crow

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    Brandon Lee was "killed" by truly outside forces. At this point I don't think the same can be said for Heath, so sad, but it was his selfishness that killed him.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Stupid piece of shit!

    by FleshMachine

    fucking around with hard drugs when you have a daughter?? Dumbass. Fuck him indeed. Unless this was some weird accident in which case...well...sucks.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Rumors Reported

    by DJShay

    I just heard on CNN that the drugs found were OTC. Maybe we should just stop all the OD talk until the facts come out.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST

    jjdl82

    by AlwaysThere

    Certainly seems like a possibility. All the hype surrounding the character supports such a theory. These such sites had been hinting at "Oscar" consideration so it may have pushed him over the edge. But we don't know yet.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST

    more and more

    by Ravyn

    The more I hear on the news, the more it sounds like this was an accident. This Joker must be one deranged fuck if it was keeping Heath from sleeping.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST

    This has tainted The Dark Knight

    by messi

    everything about it to this point had this feeling like this was going to be an important film, every facet. Ledger especially and this has just fucked it up. I guess his performance will be legendary.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Don't compare to Brandon Lee

    by thevision

    Brandon died due to the incompetance of the prop people

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    It may be that the overdose was accident

    by Snookeroo

    If someone is under a lot of duress due to an unreal schedule, combined with personal stress, it's easy to get caught up in an up and down drug cycle, just trying to cope -- which can go bad quickly, and certainly unintentionally. Apparently he just separated from his wife; who knows -- it may well be that he died of heartache; in which case the drugs are just the enabler.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Batman Wins

    by Avitable

    The Joker didn't get away.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    i'm stunned too harry

    by Pipple

    This is like someone just sneaking up behind you and just kicking you in the back really hard knocking the wind out of you... and i'm not even a big ledger fan. i'll just say it's going to be like watching a ghost when i see the dark knight.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    oh fucking god

    by AllieJamison

    ...it feels weird to be sad about his goddamn projects not being finished. but that's how we knew him and loved him. it's weird what the New York Times writes. About him still being conscious when the Maid found him? The first thing I thought of was drugs. That made me mad. And it's easy because we have something to blame. Uh, fuck. I will fucking cry when I watch him in DK.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    I'm very sad about all of this...

    by moondoggy2u

    Like Harry, I too am angry, confused, and horrified. I don't know what horrible event, imagined or otherwise, drove him to suicide, or at the very least, to disreguard his life so much as to OD, but I do know this much: he will be missed. <p<Like others, I first saw him in "A Knight's Tale," playing, of course, a common man aiming for the stars, fighting against those who say no, those would shame us into giving in and giving up. At the time, I really enjoyed that simple theme, and the film's heartfelt, cornball approach drew a smile from my face. Now? Now I think that this role was the perfect metiphor for Heath. He was that boy, William Thatcher; he did shoot for the stars. <P>As time went by, Heath seemed to fade in my film consciousness and was nearly forgotten, until a small little role in Lords of Dogtown. That kid was in that movie for all of 25 minutes and he single-handedly stole the show! After seeing him in Brokeback Mountain, I knew this guy was going to be the next Val Kilmer or Russell Crowe. Like Kilmer and Crowe, he had this knack for disappearing in his role, at once being talented enough to depict over-the-top bravado AND quiet sensibility, no small feat in Hollywood's era of vapid, cookie-cutter insta-stars. He was cool for all the right reasons and NONE of the wrong ones. <p>In Dark Knight, however, he would finally show us his dark side; secret demons would be on display. Anyone, and I mean anyone, who had seen the much beloved Dark Knight Trailer knew that Ledger was on the cusp of true greatness. At just over two minutes, we all witnessed something new, something terrible, something freightening, and something wonderful. We saw something in Heath that we don't really get to see very often: a great actor in the prime of his life.<p>And we loved him. <p>And we were memorized by him.<p>And now, we have lost him. <p>I don't know why he did this; I'm not sure if I even want to know. He left behind a generation who will miss him. He left behind a wife who loved him in her own way. Worse, he left his little girl, who will spend the rest of her life wondering about her most precious person in the whole wide world: her daddy. I know not if he was a good man or bad, or what demons possessed him to take such matters in his own hands, but I know that I will miss him and be eternally grateful for what small joy he brought into my life. May the Lord watch over your soul and protect you, keep you in his embrace and under his wing. Wherever you are, sleeping or awake, may you be blessed upon your road or in your dreams. Forever and ever, amen. <p>We'll always miss you...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Final Crisis - bring him back

    by messi

    SUPERBOY PRIME RETCON PUNCH THIS GUY BACK TO LIFE! AHHHHHHHHH

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Depression

    by chuffsterUK

    I don't mind telling yu all,I've attempted suicide 3 times in my life.The detractors can call me a coward all you like,but until you've been there,you'll never,ever know what an endless pit of despait life can be....

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST

    mlsmithjr

    by jimmay

    Seriously, fuck you asshole.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Fucking Shame.. but hey, drugs can kill

    by Baron Karza

    Use in moderation. And by moderation I mean 'not to just get through the day'..

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Goddamn shame...

    by Zodou

    I too thought it was a joke. but alas, no. Far to young...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST

    chestbumpingfatkid and Vince27

    by spud mcspud

    Missing THE FUCKING POINT YOU TWATS!!! THIS is a talkback to pour out our collective grief for the untimely death of a major talent whose next project we were all eagerly awaiting. Whether drugs or not, whether intentional or not, he was on the verge of superstardom and now is gone. He left a 2-year old daughter and a highly respectable body of work.<P> Now, I DO feel for those killed in combat out in Iraq. I care that countless species are dying due to man-made global warming. I care that dolphins get caught in tuna nets. I care that Britney Spears, fucked up as she is, is being hounded to her grave by the subhuman shutterbug cunts that litter your country and mine.<P> But THIS IS NOT THAT TALKBACK - READ THE FUCKING STORY!<P> If you want to mourn the dead of Iraq - which is a worthy and decent thing to do - go and open a new topic. Create a whole blog, or better yet, a website. Just don't fucking belittle how the Heath Ledger fans on here feel just because YOU want some fucking attention, you fucking lame-ass trolls.<P> Noiw show some FUCKING RESPECT. Heath is gone. To some of us, that fucking matters.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST

    At such a sad time I hate to be a downer...

    by Kid Z

    ... But TDK is now assured a box office tanking. The great unwashed doesn't like downers and this is a huge downer. The Crow did well because no one really knew who Brandon Lee was and he played a heroic character, not a villain. I'll be first in line on opening night, but this will definitely be the last Batman movie for along time, if it even gets released. This news really sucks. Only the good die young.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:53 p.m. CST

    this is sad

    by cpt. tim

    but don't blame this on drugs. Its all about personal responsibility. Buy the ticket, take the ride, as the good doctor said.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:53 p.m. CST

    THE DARK KNIGHT will cement him as a legend.

    by brokentusk

    This is shocking, shocking news. When I first heard, I thought it was a sick joke. Heath Ledger is the River Phoenix of our generation, and I hope that Christopher Nolan dedicates his film to him. Regarding THE DARK KNIGHT being a somber affair now, I disagree – I think, if anything, this will make the film and his performance all the more resonant. I anticipate crowds applauding at the end of the film – both for the film, and for an actor who was set to become truly huge. This is terrible news.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:53 p.m. CST

    .....

    by Lornsorrow

    Rest in peace Heath

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Pretty damn weak.

    by Pops Freshemeyer

    That is all.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    johnny... 'kool'

    by thedarkestknight

    you mean you have some? because you acting like quite the 7yo

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    all this 'oh his poor kid' nonsense

    by ArcadianDS

    how come none of you had your high horses saddled up for the Brad Renfro obit thread? He has a son in Japan.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    That exciting feeling for TDK

    by messi

    has died. there was just something special brewing about this movie. especially just the concept of heath playing the joker, knowing it was going to be huge. watching the trailer and seeing him. fuck. this is pretty devastating.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    An absolute shock.

    by sundancekeed

    Whatever the reason. And as stated by many others, the real tragedy is a daughter who won't know her dad.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Oooooooooooh

    by johnnykool

    Jingle Bells<p> Batman smells<p> Robin laid an egg<p> Batmobile<p> Lost a wheel<p> And the Joker died of an overdose<p><p>I need to work on my rhyming skillz.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Kid Z, you couldn't be more wrong.

    by brokentusk

    This isn't the place to start petty fights, but I truly think you're wrong on this one. Read my post above.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    LAUGH NOW, CRY LATER...

    by DURANGO66

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Messed up and unexpected

    by Kovac

    This news is both unwelcome and unexpected :\ Hearing about this I thought it was someones lame idea of a joke. I feel terrible that he has died in his prime leaving his child fatherless, and then guilty for being glad that he finished the Batman movie :\ This entire year has gotten off to a terrible start (For this and other reasons)

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:55 p.m. CST

    The "world" didn't take an actor...

    by Pdorwick

    ...an actor fucked up and took himself. Come on. Too rich, too famous, too spoiled. Let's not deify someone who has no one to blame but himself.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Kid Z

    by messi

    of course it will get released.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST

    ALL WE ARE IS DUST IN THE WIND!!!!!!

    by DURANGO66

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST

    I feel empty

    by batzilla

    I am a huge Batman freak and obviously can't wait to see TDK. My girlfriend called me and told me about Heath and I just...could not believe it. I am really floored. This is just horrible.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Truly shitty news

    by Lucasblows

    Rest in peace.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST

    thedarkestknight

    by johnnykool

    Ahhh, ya got me there. I shave. Now my dark secret is out. das ist schade.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Still in shock

    by thalvar

    I still can't believe this. Hope almost everything he had to do on TDK was finished. RIP

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST

    This will become legendary.

    by jdl82

    A masterful actor who devoted his entire psyche to a role so dark and twisted that it killed him in the end... <P>Long-time fans of Heath Ledger (I only recently became one myself) should take comfort in the fact that his final performance will be monumental and dignified. Other skillful actors, such as Raul Julia, whose last role was that of M. Bison in Street Fighter, were not so fortunate.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST

    This is the most horrible news, ever!

    by RoarsLoudly

    I am so saddened by his passing even though I suspected he was using drugs as he had looked so physically ravaged since Brokeback Mountain and he was a good looking brother. My condolences are with his family & friends!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST

    elaboration

    by cpt. tim

    man reading through these comments. what fucking nancy regan world do you pussies live in? You can do various recreational drugs and live a normal healthy life. I'm not like a drug fanatic but fried food and too much WOW will kill most of you fat bastards before the occasional psychedelic drug kills me.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Box office tanking? I expect the opposite

    by AlwaysThere

    A well regarded actor pouring out his entire heart and soul into a legendary character almost guarantees this will be one of the biggest movies since Titanic. /No joke.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST

    thevision its not so much how they died

    by Orionsangels

    it's the fact they both end their careers in clown makeup. about to star in a huge hyped movie and die when they didn't have too. if indeed ledger died due to an accident.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Well this is just fucking great

    by Doctor Phibes

    This is really sad, and very tragic. Furthermore, it reminds me of Cobain who was only one year younger (and Ledger was starting to look like him too). But I hope this doesn't distort people's perception of his performance as the Joker. In situations like these, people seem reluctant to criticize a bad performance and from what I can tell of the previews, that is exactly what it will be. "What doesn't kill us only makes us stranger?" Give me a fucking break. RIP.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    THIS ABSOLUTELY SUCKS...

    by blackthought

    This is one obit I frankly never wanted to read in my lifetime. I was looking forward to growing older with new movies and performances from truly young gifted actors and Heath was most definitely that. R.I.P. Mr. Ledger.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    The Olsens Strike Again

    by RainesMaker

    So Mary Kate give Health some sleepy pills and he croaks? I've been saying it even since "The Case of the Fun House Mystery" those broads can't be trusted.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    All the way around...

    by Frankenbastard

    it's sad. From the loved ones he leaves behind to a loss of real talented human being anyway you look at it it’s just sad. I didn't want the guy to play the Joker but I didn't want this either. Drug addiction is a sickness so lighten up on the guy. I just watched Brokeback Mountain for the first time about a week ago and I was blown away by his acting skills. RIP man.

  • I am glad he was an actor and I am sorry to see his passing. RIP, Heath.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Speed Fricassee

    by messi

    who said heroin overdose. heroin was from the movie candy.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    wow Breotan dont you look like a dick

    by BurgerKing

    What official source do you have that we don't that said it was suicide? Did you know Heath personally, did you know how he felt or any mental illnesses (ie Depression) he may have had? To hell with you, because surely your heading straight there you sick fuck.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    River Phoenix

    by Nomad577

    I just recently caught Mosquito Coast on accident and then ended up watching other River Phoenix stuff thinking about how he died and reading stuff I had forgotten about it. People have said that Leonardo DiCaprio ended up with a lot that might have gone to River, I don't know about that but it definitely sucks. One of my close friends from HS died this last year at 27 and it was really hard, its made me pay more attention to other young people with potential that die young.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    DAMN!I was anticipating seeing his career really take off!

    by Rogue_Leader

    He showed such promise and now its like his career has just been abruptly ended right at it was really only just beginning. This man is going to be the FRIGGIN Joker and now he wont even get to see himself up on the big screen.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Started with a ROAR

    by Taragor

    Watched him way back when he did that series, really enjoyed him there, and have continued to. Thanks for the fond memories. Remeber how I felt when I watched Crow, will hate to feel that again watching TDK. Wish people could bury their demons in something other than drugs (if that is really what this was).

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Holy FUCK!

    by Evil Hobbit

    Dumbstruck by this, RIP Heath, you were great.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5 p.m. CST

    TDK will tank because of this?

    by feckdrinkarse

    What kind of logic is that. Everyone knows that when someone talented dies people flock to buy/watch their last creation. TDK's box office take just went through the roof. But it's oh so wrong to speak of such things at this point.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5 p.m. CST

    BTW

    by RainesMaker

    Ledger wins an Oscar for the Joker next year I guarentee it.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5 p.m. CST

    alwaysthere is right

    by ArcadianDS

    The Crow was a horribly bad movie that had its fair share of media bubble when Brandon Lee died.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5 p.m. CST

    horrible news :(

    by missbliss

    I heard it just now, and came here to check if it was true... man oh man, I can't believe this. I really admired him for his acting, the way he dove into characters and really made them rise above everyone else in the movie... It really shows how much people can hide behind their smiles, eh...?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:01 p.m. CST

    johnnykool

    by Kloipy

    I hope Harry is watching this and the next time I check this page all your stupid comments are gone. So i guess if someone in your family died of an overdose, it would be an excuse for you to laugh at them, minutes after they died. You are a sick and sad person

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:01 p.m. CST

    That's bad news alright, RIP Heath.

    by Pound Sand

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:01 p.m. CST

    That's so sad. He was going to be great

    by Wonderboys

    Fuck

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Hey guys, don't get me wrong...

    by Kid Z

    ... maybe it's too damn soon to be talking about how this will affect box office... though I'm sure the suits at Warners were doing it at 2:05 PM. So lets drop the subject for now and think about Michele Williams who's way too young to be a widow and a little 2 year old girl who's wondering where Daddy is right now. Godspeed, Heath!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:01 p.m. CST

    jdl82- That's...

    by Hexus

    One hell of a bullshit mythology you've built up for yourself there. The dude was an actor. TDK finished shooting a while ago. He was almost, if not completely done working on his next film. Please don't make a martyr out of the dude. He didn't die because of an acting job. Or ONLY because of an acting job. Quit making up stories until you know what the hell happened, people. Rumor has it that he was taking Ambien. Ambien can kill you. Sometimes just because, sometimes from an OD. The dude died a couple hours ago. Nobody knows what the hell happened. Sheesh.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST

    God says to Heath at the pearly gates

    by RainesMaker

    "Ehh.. wasn't a fan of the gay stuff."

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST

    johnnykool would be that guy

    by BurgerKing

    acting like he knows the situation as if he were there. Are you the fucking morality police? Respect the dead, that's all I can say. Especially when you aren't the lead detective and don't know all the facts. And if you are the lead detective in this case than I apologize by all means. Dick.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST

    C.O.D.Y.

    by DigitalBeachWar

    RIP Heath... "ComeOnDieYoung"

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Three times?

    by UCFKevin

    How can someone attempt suicide 3 times? One time, I can see, two maybe, but three? How do you mess up three times? Your life can't be all that bad, you're still around. Just go ahead and skip the fourth attempt and realize everyone's life is miserable to a certain extent, you just got stuck in the more miserable than usual section. It happens. Anyway, folks, those who are boohooing this and saying, "Ohhh, he could've been depressed!" yeah, he could've been, but someone would've known about it, and he would've been watched closer. Depression doesn't happen overnight to the point of actually killing yourself and no one knowing anything about it or trying to stop it.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST

    To all the fat, socially inept losers of the internet

    by dr sauch

    A person just died. Regardless of weather they had a drug problem, which has not been officially confirmed, this is a human life. Being a judgemental, sanctimonious prick will not make the cool kids like you any more, nor will it make your life one iota better. How about "RIP, drugs are bad" instead of "he had it coming". You are whats wrong with this world.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST

    I'm with Harry on this

    by MattmanReturns

    I'm fucking devestated. Can't even concentrate on work right now.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Who says he was a junkie?

    by DJShay

    All of you who are suggesting it's a heroin overdose need to STFU. This is from CNN "The pills appeared to be over-the-counter sleeping medication, said police spokeswoman Barbara Chen."

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST

    WHY (NO YOU CAN'T BE) SO SERIOUS!

    by Sovikos

    Wow, I'm so shocked! I'm sad too. This guy was so gifted. I looked so foward to waiting for more Joker from him, once I saw the Dark Knight. This just blows me away. My thoughts & prays go out to his family, friends & loved ones & specially his young daughter...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST

    RIP Heath

    by Turd Furgeson

    I just saw this now, have been down with the flu all day long. I want to cry out for his daughter.. 2 years old, asking where daddy is tonight... I have a girl, who is also 2, and i couldn't in my wildest dreams imagine leaving her in this world. This hits me as a father and a fan of film.. What a loss all around.. I hope Michelle Williams is left alone by the press for a few days so she can try to get her hands and mind around this....

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    TOO SOON

    by thejwac

    yep

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    To all the people who have no sympathy for drug OD victims

    by smackfu

    I hope your children get inoperable brain cancer. Do you think you're making some kind of profound statement by saying shit like that? Because you're not, it's not a unique opinion that elevates you as a person. It's just a dumb thing that douchebags say. Yes, doing drugs is reckless. Is it any more reckless than driving without your seatbelt on, or not looking before crossing the street? Or any of the hundreds of physical activities that people take part in that are dangerous, like skydiving, rock climbing, diving, boating, etc. Jesus you people are such fucking narrow minded idiots. You saying that about drug overdose victims is like if your mother got hit by a bus, I said 'good enough for her, I have no sympathy because she didn't cross at the crosswalk.' Here's a bulletin. Almost all deaths that are not natural causes or murder are a result of someone not being carefull, or making a stupid choice. I sincerely, with all of my heart, hope your children get brain cancer. Consider it on official curse.

  • His joker would have no doubt sent his stature as a moviestar sky high Very very shocked and saddened,My thoughts are with his friends,family and fans

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    by lucky slevin

    wow how can you show no sympathy if it had to do with drugs. heartless bastards. some of the greatest movies ever made would have never even been thought of if not for the effects of drug use. just remember that. use them sometime, it may alter your opinion of them. o and rip heath. you will be missed

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:04 p.m. CST

    That's so sad. He was going to be great

    by Wonderboys

    It's horrible, he seem a nice guy

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:04 p.m. CST

    @DJShay

    by ArcadianDS

    TMZ reporting that Heath had some drug issues but that he'd been clean for about a year.<p> In attempting to stop people from jumping to conclusions, you've jumped on some yourself. Take your own advice and stop typing for about 2 more hours.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:04 p.m. CST

    I wish I could quit you.

    by skywalkerfamily

    Sniff.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST

    THE UGLIEST PEOPLE SHOW UP IN THE OBITS

    by BringingSexyBack

    When any other time they have nothing to say. What sad fucks you lot are.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST

    There's alot of confusing info coming

    by CherryValance

    so please don't jump to conclusions. He was a great actor just on the verge of what could have been an amazing career. I still can't believe it. But none of us are the medical examiner up in that apartment so none of us know what happened right now.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST

    If You Want To Honor the Man...

    by Anton_Sirius

    Make a donation to a charity he supported, such as Variety - The Children's Charity. On or a much smaller scale, go watch the recent film he barely got noticed in, and in which he did some absolutely brilliant work -- I'm Not There.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Terrible news

    by Jaws Wayne

    All you assholes (including you Mr. Knowles) that say it's too bad he died because what the fuck will now happen with future Gilliam films or whoever else's movies should be deeply ashamed. Fuck you Knowles, your a coldhearted idiot,a real dumbfuck cartoon. So what if he was a great actor which he surely was. The sadness shouldn't be about you not being able to see future films with Heath Ledger, you fucker. Yes I'm pissed. May the guy rest in peace.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:06 p.m. CST

    I hope Harry reads this

    by chuffsterUK

    and deletes all the posts from the sick fucks and bans them for life.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Sad that Drugs were involved...

    by The_Hanged_Man

    When I saw the CNN headline I totally expected a car crash or some other accident. We'll know more details in the coming days, but they found sleeping pills near him. Rough stuff, I've always enjoyed him on screen immensely. He was one of the few actors his age who had great talent and versatility aside from being a pretty face.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Goddammit, Harry...

    by Mosquito March

    You said some nice things, but could you stop thinking about yourself for five minutes? You keep coming back to all the Heath Ledger movies you're not going to get to see. Heath Ledger's life was not about you and your movie world. I can pretty much guarantee that Harry Knowles' feelings were nowhere near Heath's mind when he did what he did. Is it horrible? Yes, it is - because a young father died before his time. The world of movies and the impact of Heath Ledger's death on it is irrelevant. Be a normal fucking human being for five minutes and stop whining about how it's ruining your cinematic experience.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Such a great loss of talent!

    by wolverines claw

    Whatever the cause, his passing is very sad. I watched Brokeback again last week and his performance in that was brilliant, he was at the top of his game and his role as The Joker had me looking forward to the Dark Knight more than any film this year. My condolences go out to his loved ones

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Jaws Wanye

    by ArcadianDS

    the academy has just announced your nomination for Lead Talkbacker In a Brainless Not-Getting-It post.<P> Remember: its an honor just being nominated.<p> As for Heaths future films never to be made, I'm going to regret not being afforded the luxury to be entertained by Mr. Ledger ever again. I guess that makes me a really bad person.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    I tried to kill myself once too chuffsterUK but...

    by ludmir88

    I was too scared and when i say that i tried too kill myself is because i really tried to kill myself. And is the hardest thing to do. Working hard and do your thing in company, is my way to continue. But it's not easy.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    so dumb

    by Fanx

    just makes u wanna curse out loud...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    River Phoenix

    by farmercotton

    I'm as furious as I was when River Phoenix died. Why do these talented people play with their lives? Damn it. I don't even know what to write.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Jaws Wayne

    by chuffsterUK

    Thank you-I've been saying this on here since I heard the news.Movies aren't important at a time like tis.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Does anyone else remember...

    by SJBKAT

    an interview Heath did saying that because he was so dedicated to the character of The Joker, that the mindset he was in during filming kept him awake at all hours of the night? And he claimed to be getting little to no sleep? God, I remember it somewhere.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    @ArcadianDS

    by DJShay

    My point was that information is still coming out. And TMZ is such a credible respected news outlet? Please. Oops, it hasn't been 2 hours yet. so sorry.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Doctor Phibes

    by Freakemovie

    You realize Heath Ledger didn't write that line, as lame as you may personally think it sounds, right? Quoting a random line an actor says in a movie says nothing about the actor's performance. Tool. I knew I shouldn't've browsed this talkback, it's almost more depressing than the news itself.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST

    how we deal with death

    by thecrazyarmenian

    First and foremost, RIP. Unless someone's a child molester, violent murderer, etc. I wish for all other troubled souls to find peace upon death. Second, I appreciate everybody's reaction to this sad news. Some lament the loss of an artist, some lament the loss of a film, some point out the bizzare continuation of Gilliam's "bad luck" others criticise someone for taking drugs. Regardless, I think it's important that we all give each other space to react and feel in our own way, and respect people's differences. Finally, I send my thoughts to those who will miss him most, his friend's and family. Regardless of the cause of his passing, it was too soon.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST

    or

    by ArcadianDS

    a really good fan.<p> The difference being your opportunity to jump around shouting "PAY ATTENTION TO ME IN THIS TALKBACK!!!!"<p>go ahead Stewart - show everyone what you can do.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST

    RIP Heath

    by Brundlefly

    I don't really care how he exited this world, whether the overdose was accidental or deliberate. He died and it's a fucking tragedy. RIP Heath and God bless.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST

    I originally thought he wasn't going to do The Joker justice...

    by Phillyflopper

    But after seeing that last trailer, he fuckin' seemed awesome. I'm not sure what the cause of death was exactly, but it's definitely a sad day. I don't know if anyone's mentioned it, but this is reminding me of Brandon Lee and The Crow. Maybe not the death, but just the whole being young and having a role that was creepy and had the face paint and such. RIP man!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Christ Harry!

    by DoctorWho?

    I'm bummed too, but damn..."the cruel fucking fate of the world that would take an actor..." blah blah and "this world sucks" blah blah bullshit. WTF are you even talking about? People make choices dude. The view that 'the world does this to people' just pisses me off...and I'm pissed enough to know he did this TO HIMSELF, HIS FAMILY, AND HIS LITTLE GIRL. Not to mention hundreds of other people who did the same thing to themselves and THEIR families today. It's just that the unknown ones won't be deprieving us of a Gilliam flick next year. Jesus Fucking H. Christ

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:10 p.m. CST

    The world doesn't suck, Harry

    by Bruce Vain

    Heath, until I am proven otherwise, chose to medicate a life that should have been reveled in ... soberly. I am destroyed too ... I knew him and liked him a lot. But I reckon his demons were more powerful than he was capable of managing. Rest peacefully, Heath ... but goddamn you for leaving us so soon ... you cunt.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:10 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by Puñeta

    RIP

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Kloipy

    by misterdude

    Asshole? Really? Thats a little bit strong, I was just trying to help out. Oh and before I get banned, the saddest part of this whole story is the family that is left behind. I've got a 2 year old daughter myself and thats the part of the story that really breaks my heart.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    thecrazyarmenian

    by ArcadianDS

    you just closed the talkback (i wish). Good post.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    YOUNG, GAY, CRAZY is a brave actors repertoire

    by iwontwin

    My balding brother, where are you?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    (Possibly) a Tragedy...

    by cinemaniac1979

    Didn't he attempt suicide last year? Don't get me wrong, I feel bad for the family and friends but I have a hard time feeling sorry for someone who ODs-- and fuck 'em if he committed suicide. Anybody willing to take the cowards way out isn't worth my sorrow.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    TMZ Was Told by Police Death Was Accidental

    by Darkknight37

    http://www.tmz.com/2008/01/22/death-accidental Suicide talk can stop now. Let's just mourn a good actor's loss and only imagine what could have been like so many others. Anyone else looking to dump on that can go F themselves.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    There's death you see coming and than there's this

    by Orionsangels

    Shocking, you wouldn't if it was spears or winehouse. train wrecks. but Ledger, no.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    yup, River Phoenix all over again

    by oisin5199

    Not in the drug overdose sense (big diff between sleeping pills at home and a speedball at the Viper Room), but in the sense of a brilliant young actor about to become legendary taken before their prime. I'm in shock. I had to end class early because students were so shook up. If you think that it shouldn't affect people who didn't know him, than you obviously don't understand how celebrity and audience works, or how the process of audience identification works. This is probably going to be one of the saddest celebrity deaths we'll experience for some time. Until the next one. Of course, the practical side wonders about how this will be addressed in the assumed 3rd Batman film? Cut him out? Recast? Aah, fuck it. I think I'm going to hurl.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    STOP COMPARING THIS TO BRANDON LEE

    by Breotan

    Brandon died cause some fucktard loaded a gun with a squib load stuck inside for a scene in a movie. That hardly compairs to deliberate suicide by popping pills.<p>Brandon deserves to be remembered and honored by those who cared. Ledger does not.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Damn

    by welshguy

    Can't belive this news, hope that his Joker will be a fitting epitaph to an oh too short career

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Wow, a new low

    by WillowFan2001

    I'm going to preface this by saying I don't know the first thing about the personal life of Heath Ledger. I don't know whether he was a charming, debonair gentleman or a horrible SOB, or somewhere in between. In any case, it has absolutely no relevance on what I'm about to say. No matter what he was like, he was still a human being who, for whatever reason, couldn't stay with the human race any longer. An entire universe has just been snuffed out, and I find that heartbreaking. But what I find absolutely horrifying is that a man has died, and his obituary on this site mentions how depressed the author is because a few films might get screwed up as a result. Harry, dude, what is WRONG with you?!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Not saying

    by SJBKAT

    the Joker is what killed him. Just maybe this is where the need for sleeping pills came into play? Just a thought.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:12 p.m. CST

    RIP HEATH!

    by BRUTICUS

    a great talent

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:12 p.m. CST

    No Harry....BE pissed at Heath...

    by wonderllama

    Harry...you do drugs, you take the chance of being dead. Pretty simple...sympathy = zero. Of course, I feel sorry for his child and friends and family, but get with the program Harry...he did this to HIMSELF and as such you SHOULD be pissed at Heath.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Friends say Suicide "We saw it coming"

    by RainesMaker

    According to US magazine. Sorry no sympathy from me then. Suicide is the most selfish act a person can do.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:12 p.m. CST

    damn

    by disfigurehead

    I just saw that on Yahoo. That's f'd up.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Death from pills

    by jsm1978

    People die from pills all the time, even pills that they taken as they are supposed to. You can never be 100% certain how the body will react to any form of medication. Just because they were there doesn't GUARANTEE it was a suicide (or even an accidental OD).

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:12 p.m. CST

    mlsmithjr

    by 5 by 5

    You sir, are a boil on the arse of the human race. You have no fucking idea what has happened here yet you deign to pronounce judgment. Go fuck thyself.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Did Heath delve into the Joker role so much....

    by JDanielP

    ...that he took it home with him, in such a way...that...it wouldn't let him rest? We may never know. Unless, somehow, it shows on screen. And if that's the case, his performance may be truly unforgettable.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Ledger was using heroin

    by Ye Not Guilty

    According to The Daily Mail (UK newspaper) Ledger spent some time in rehab during the filming of TDK for heroin abuse. A source said Michelle Williams dumped Ledger over his drug abuse.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Fucking Olsen Twins are ruining my life...

    by dr_john_zoidberg

    There are some rumors floating about that he was found in Mary Kate Olsen's apartment. Don't know how true that is, but those bitches are fucked six ways from Sunday if that's true. Vendetta time, fellas!!!! YEE-HAW!!! Though I do want to pay my respects to Heath, his friends and family. Truly a sad loss for us all. You will be missed, Heath. Rest peacefully.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:14 p.m. CST

    "Fate of the world"? Bullshit

    by googamooga

    This isn't the fate of the world, this is the sad result of Heath's stupid decisions. Heath took drugs, now the drugs have taken him. I agree, it sucks, big time, but everyone knows the risks, and some people, unfortunately, still choose to take drugs in spite of them.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:14 p.m. CST

    God, take Britney Spears and give back Heath

    by TruPhan

    Or Mick Jagger, Lindsey Lohan, David Lee Roth, just ANYONE that we know SHOULD be dead from all the damned drugs they've taken!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:14 p.m. CST

    SHIT!

    by travis-dane

    RIP Heath!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:15 p.m. CST

    It's also the timing of his death

    by Orionsangels

    Right before the release of a hugely anticipated blockbuster film.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Wasn't he writing a diary of some sort?

    by Vesuvio

    With all his darkest and craziest thoughts while inpersonating the Joker? I wonder if, depending on how the investigation around his death goes (or maybe even by request of his family) that record will ever see the light of day.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Jesus

    by Skin26

    Some comments on here make me sick A husband/son/dad has just left his family alone Have some respect !!!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Unless you've suffered from depression...

    by chuffsterUK

    ....that leads to suicidal thoughts,you have NO FUCKING IDEA how it feels.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:16 p.m. CST

    This is a real shame

    by Mullah Omar

    I liked the guy's work and he had the potential to do so much more. This is just a shame.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:16 p.m. CST

    you moron

    by ArcadianDS

    This has nothing to do with the Olsons you stupid douche.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:17 p.m. CST

    ............

    by darkjoker4life

    I got the text on my phone an hour ago......I liked Ledger...he seemed like a cool guy. I hope you Rest In Peace. And thank you for all your work.... PS I was really shocked by this i didn't really know what to write....man sometimes things just hit you sooo hard ya know

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    R.I.P Heath

    by Vamp-AICNchat

    So sad and very tradgic. Thoughts are with his daughter and family. What a great talent.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    I'm heart broken...

    by Racer Z

    I'm still in shock. What a complete waste!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    an honest question

    by ArcadianDS

    who pops sleeping pills at 3:00 in the afternoon before a massage appointment? I thought the pills were designed to make you sleep for like 10 hours.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Did you know?

    by Delagoya

    That his first TV/Movie role was an australian kids TV show called "Clowning Around"? No joke. Really. This sucks. I never gave him credit as an actor until seeing him in The Dark Knight trailer. At least he's going out with one helluva bang. Can't wait to experience his performance as the Clown Prince of Crime. You're gonna be deeply missed Heath. R.I.P.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    RIP man

    by HamsterDK

    such a damn shame. This will probably mean BIG bucks for The Dark Knight as everyone will want to see his last performance. Too sad though!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    I met health

    by BUCK.STARBLASTER

    I am a nypd cop and I actually met health a few mounths before he began filming tdk.He was in a minor car accident on the brooklyn bridge(I was posted on the bridge with my partner).naturally, I began geeking out the minute I realized who it was and I immediately began offering my opinions on how i felt he should play the iconic clown prince of crime(judging by the trailer,he will be outstanding).now the poor guy was just in a car accident,he had his girlfriend(michelle williams)in the car and was visably shaken and he I am telling him that I would like to see a menacing joker with a creepy laugh. He would have been totaly justified if he told me to fuck off or if he came off as a typical pretencious hollywood asshole(given the situation).Instead however,he gratiously shook my hand and autographed my memobook.A true gentleman.Sad

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Terrible day.

    by GoFukyerSelf

    I feel selfish as my first thought was "what about the batman flicks! What about all the amazing characters he would have brought to the screen?" What a bastard I am.. he seemed like a good man, and a good father. He will truly be missed, both in the world of entertainment, but also to the friends and family that he loved and loved him in return. This is a very sad day indeed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Oh and the Daily Mail

    by chuffsterUK

    Is a fucking shitrag

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST

    R.I.P Heath

    by Vamp-AICNchat

    So sad and very tradgic. Thoughts are with his daughter and family. What a great talent.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST

    GOD DAMMIT. JUST GOD DAMMIT!!!

    by lovecraftian

    If this pill thing IS true, than as opposed to Harry, I AM pissed at him. I remember my buddy saying both Nolans and the editors at DC said he'd need serious therapy after going to this dark of a place. (God I hope that isn't what did it. No part, no comic, no goddamn thing in this goddamn world is worth that.) For Christ's sake he had a two year old little girl.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Hoped this was a sick joke!

    by FILMFUNK

    I'm floored! really fucking shocked by this! When Steve Irwin Died I felt the same! I don't know these guys and I'm not like a super devoted fan but they were at the top of their game! What the Fuck!?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST

    You've changed things.

    by Felix Buckman

    Forever. There's no going back. :: sniff ::

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Why so serious?

    by zooch

    He's playing such a scary character in The Dark Knight. Watching it is going to be eerie. Hopefully this will not affect the actual film itself. I've heard such great things on his performance, with guys like Gary Oldman and Michael Caine giving him huge praises. They should just leave his performance be and dedicate the film to him. Then let Joker disappear for awhile.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:20 p.m. CST

    If you have a 2 year old daughter

    by RainesMaker

    and you kill yourself... you are scum plain and simple. Self pity and loathing are pathetic, especially for a person who could have the world at their finger tips. Trying living the life of a normal guy out here. Most hollywood types would survive a day without downing a whole bottle. Oh so tortured and tragic is the life of a budding star and millionare. It makes me sick that we elevate pathetic human beings like this. If this proves to be suicide, which in all likelihood it will, He should be forgotten forever as a pathetic human being not remember and praised.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:20 p.m. CST

    F*&%!

    by CaptainWalker

    F@$#!ing F@#$ F@$#% F@$%^&*!!!!!!!!!!! This Should not be happening! GOD F@#&%ing DAMNIT!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Rest in peace Heath

    by Hamish

    You can't say more than that. Or at least, you shouldn't.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    I'm still hoping this is a new form of viral marketing

    by KentButabi

    First official shock of 2008.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:22 p.m. CST

    OD

    by Maximus Prime

    I Had a freind who ODed using a handfull of pills and a bottle of Vodka...this was a good honest person..nothing was wrong but just one day he decided to end it..its sad, very sad and nothing to be laughed at by some scum on this site...<p> I f Heath Ledger did OD accident or not, he has left behind alot of sad people..his family and friends and to an extent his fans..they would give up all teh fame and money he ever had to have him back this evening..<p> we may have strong opinions on drugs but we dont know teh full story yet, I jsut feel for all the poeple that are left behind now he is gone..

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:22 p.m. CST

    FUCK

    by Charlie Murphy

    heard this on the way home from work, and drove the rest of the way in stunned silence. RIP, heath.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:22 p.m. CST

    This is the reason why I hate this world

    by BrightEyes

    It's fucking cold and heartless. Not just the mean talkbackers but thw whole world is just sick and wrong. Movies are the only thing that take me away from the mess that we call life. Please just don't post if your gonna be so rude and disrespectful. I write this in tears to you people. It's not funny or clever it just makes this world look like a sick place and it may be so but fans of films and the beauty that we get from enjoying films should not act like such mean bastards.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:23 p.m. CST

    I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE THE SHIT I'M READING

    by swimmingpoold

    I post this for all the assholes who chose to spit on a dead man rather than doing something useful with their lives for a change. Show at least some fuckin respect for his family. THIS IS REAL LIFE !!! A talented young man is dead and nobody should care what happens to BATMAN CONTINUES... I can't fuckin believe that the first reaction after someone's death could be "who the fuck is gonna replace him as the jocker?" And nobody fuckin cares what you think of 30 secondes of his performance you've seen in a trailer. Here is how it works... you see the movie first and when it's finished, now is the time to run home as fast as you can to write how much it sucked.....

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:23 p.m. CST

    I am Batman

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Quote: "This, by the way, as if it matters, kills any interest among the mainstream in your little, mean-spirited Batman movie. Only geeks and ghouls will want to see that now."<P>Wow. A hater to the bitter end, eh? Happy now?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:25 p.m. CST

    BROKEBACK BOOT HILL

    by spearsi

    NEEDLES GO UP YOUR ASS, NOT IN YOUR ARM.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:25 p.m. CST

    I'm in shock

    by BeyondStatic

    Oh my god. I'm stunned. In shock. Disbelief. If nothing else, Heath, Thanks a million for sharing your gifts with the world. You will be sorely missed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:25 p.m. CST

    The man is now at peace

    by Canada's King

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:25 p.m. CST

    The man is now at peace

    by Canada's King

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:25 p.m. CST

    "devastated"?? "ending class early"??

    by FleshMachine

    wtf people? its some rich messed up actor you didnt know who did a couple of decent films....get over it...people are dying all over the world who deserve more sympathy...I dont see anyone all shook up about them. this fucking media/star worship sickens me. he had a daughter and should have had his shit together. fucking asshole. accidental sleeping pill overdose my ass.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Harry is ridiculous

    by tonytodd

    Agree Rainesmaker. Fan of his work, but stupid remarks like Harry's "I'm so pissed about this. Not at Heath - but at the cruel fucking fate of the world that would take an actor at his absolute prime" is about as stupid as it gets. Whether his death was intentional or not, guy had a 2 year old daughter to think about. And the movie he's agreed to work on is now f*cked which costs tons of crew people their jobs and paychecks. What a selfish, irresponsible dirtball to be messing around with drugs when he put himself in a position where people rely on him like that. "The world did not take him." The moron took himself and f*cked a lot of people in the process, not the least of which is his two year old daughter.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST

    FUCKED UP

    by jayski

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Unfrigginbelievable

    by pumaman

    I don't even know If I'll be able to enjoy The Dark Knight now :-) Like young Brandon Lee before him, his farewell performance will be his best ...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:27 p.m. CST

    RainesMaker

    by 5 by 5

    Holy shit we don't even know what happened. Stop passing judgment shithead until we know what's going on.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:27 p.m. CST

    REST IN PEACE HEATH

    by ObiWanCon

    You will not be forgotten. R.I.P

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Even if the Olsen skanks had nothing to do with it...

    by Kid Z

    ... can we whack them anyway, just on general principle? (Yeah, graveyard humor... whattaya gonna do?)

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Sad news..

    by otm shank

    but life will go on. That's what it does. We'll all go see The Dark Knight when it comes out. We'll all hopefully enjoy the movie and Ledgers performance in it. R.I.P sir.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:29 p.m. CST

    rainesmaker...shut the fuck up

    by slappy jones

    I was wondering who would be the first to post this kind of post."if its suicide fuck him. blah blah blah" you don't know what you are talking about. It would be nice to be perfect like you and not have any mental issues and not have to suffer from feeling so ba on a daily basis that you can't imagine facing another day. Spending weeks in a bed unable to get out...can't eat....you just want to sleep your life away but guess what... suffering from depression is a fucking mental disorder that you have no control over no matter what you say or how you see it. from someone who has attempted suicide my advice to you would be to shut your fucking yapping trap until you know what the fuck you are talking about you uppity prick.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:29 p.m. CST

    This awful, my heart goes out to his family

    by DANZIGG

    why? I'm just gut wrenched about this.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:29 p.m. CST

    "...this is a really really bad situation."

    by Snizitch

    Yes, not much worst than 'DEAD'. RIP Heath.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Shit!! I JUST read this on another site...

    by Abin Sur

    What the fuck! This is totally screwed. Why does every young Hollywood actor/actress have to be so hard core with the dope? Smoke a fucking joint, you idiots, it won't kill you! I'm still sorry for Heath's family, especially that little girl. Fuck!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:29 p.m. CST

    E, Mtv, etc... coverage?

    by crashbarbarian

    Where is the coverage on these channels about this? If there is something important happening with politicians CNN is on it all day long. Hollywood just lost one of it's up and coming greats... where's the coverage..? Thank Goodness we've all got AICN! Oh and by the way Heath.. RIP, i hope you knew Christ!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:30 p.m. CST

    No way

    by TommyUnderwear

    I just can't believe what I am seeing on the news. Was just watching RTE news here in Ireland and it was the 1st thing they reported on. To say this is fucked up is an understatement. No doubt there will be more to this over the next while. I will be glued to this site

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Fleshmachine is right

    by simndermot

    I was just starting to like him as an actor but people need to get real. It is nonsense like what Harry typed about the cruel fate taking him from us that leads to this kind of nonsense. Fate didn't kill him, drugs did. Fate gave him a movie career, a two year old daughter, and a lifestyle most of us wish we had. Taking all personal responsibility from him is wrong. Rest in peace Heath, thanks for some great films.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:30 p.m. CST

    tonytodd

    by 5 by 5

    "Whether his death was intentional or not..." WTF? I'm taking away your Human Being badge. You fucking douchebags don't know what happened yet but you don't mind dumping all over him. What the fuck is so hard about waiting to pass judgment until we know what the fuck is going on? Fucking jerks.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:30 p.m. CST

    I am shocked...

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    I admit I never was a fan of Ledger, but I was hearing (and seeing) good things about his performance TDK which I am EAGERLY anticipating. So this news is very sad. And a big screw you to the assholes in this thread who are saying stupid shit. Bet you'd love to hear the same vitriol if someone you knew died.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST

    hate to see people jump to conclusions

    by THE KNIGHT

    RIP.... wow, I thought this was all a joke but it's real... I'm shocked... Great in Brokeback Mountain...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST

    thats go to you tonytodd

    by slappy jones

    what a couple of shitheads.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST

    This site is rubbish

    by fookinmonkeyzod

    Paragraph 1, the news. Paragraph 2 "I met him" Paragraph 3 "What about Dark Knight post production" Paragraph 4 "What about Terry Gilliams new film" Paragraph 5 "He has a 2 year old daughter". You are sick you put your concerns about a fucking Batman film that is in the can 2 paragraphs before a 2 year old who is now fatherless? Hang your head in shame, this site always reads like its been written by mysoginist 12 year olds but for Christ's sake an actual person is dead and an actual person who is real has lost their daddy and you are worried about a fucking film. Hang your head in shame. I'm sever coming to this shit site again.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST

    FUUUUCCCCKKK!!!

    by indyit

    This is really horrible news. I still can't believe it, RIP Heath...and condolences to his daughter and ex...so fucken horrible.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST

    I just talked to Heath's spirit

    by chrth

    He said he's most disappointed he didn't get to read Mori's review of Cloverfield before he died.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST

    This site is rubbish

    by fookinmonkeyzod

    Paragraph 1, the news. Paragraph 2 "I met him" Paragraph 3 "What about Dark Knight post production" Paragraph 4 "What about Terry Gilliams new film" Paragraph 5 "He has a 2 year old daughter". You are sick you put your concerns about a fucking Batman film that is in the can 2 paragraphs before a 2 year old who is now fatherless? Hang your head in shame, this site always reads like its been written by mysoginist 12 year olds but for Christ's sake an actual person is dead and an actual person who is real has lost their daddy and you are worried about a fucking film. Hang your head in shame. I'm never coming to this shit site again.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Harry, if you're not careful, you're next

    by CaptainGilgore

    Your drug of choice is food, and it is just as dangerous as drugs. You posted a trailer for a movie a few days ago that has all the information about that subject that you need to STOP KILLING YOURSELF. If you died tomorrow, do you know that not a single person would be surprised? Doesn't that scare you? Doesn't that say something about your choices? Learn from this. Your cases are a lot less different than you think.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Found by a masseusse. No Happy Ending there.

    by modlight

    But seriously folks... this is very sad. Lets all wait for a cause of death before we agree how awful drugs are.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:32 p.m. CST

    BELIEVE IT

    by SISKOONE

    AS SAD AS IT MAY BE, WE ALL GOTTA GO. FUCKED UP THING IS...WE DON'T KNOW OUR TIME OR THE METHOD IN WHICH WE WILL GO...WELL...UNLESS IT'S SUCIDED. ANYWAYS...WHEN THE STORY BROKE ON CNN, I WAS HOPING IT'D BE BRITNEY SPEARS...GOTTA FEELING SHE WON'T LIVE PAST 2008. WELL...WE CAN ALL FORGET ABOUT THE DARK KNIGHT IN MAY.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Just as he was beginning to come into his own...

    by Royston Lodge

    Ledger was an actor that was growing slowly on the collective unconscious of the moviegoing audience. He didn't make headlines for either bad-boy shenanigans, artistic lunacy, or over-hyped political ravings. He was just a good actor who was quietly working his craft. While I've been looking forward to The Dark Knight for ages, I think it's a shame he will now forever be best known for reinventing The Joker. I think some of his lower-profile roles deserve to be mentioned in this space: Bob Dylan in I'm Not There. Skip in Lords of Dogtown. Harry Faversham in The Four Feathers.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    tonytodd

    by TheAllSeeingEye

    How fucking dare you even make such judgements WITHOUT knowing anything other than the gossip and rumors you've been fed off the news.<br><br>The movie is NOT fucked but altogether, that's not really what most people with a shred of decency should be concerning themselves with.<br><br>It's a travesty that dirtbags like you are even allowed to breathe.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Bad news

    by Edward_nygma

    Rest in Peace Heath

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    MandalorianSage

    by dr sauch

    Listen, calling me a vagina does not explain how a bank robber and a drug addict, if in fact thats what he is, which may not even be the case, are even in the same league. Drug addiction is a serious illness beyond the control of the majority of those afflicted with it. I'm sorry if my comments offended you, you fat fuck, but you responded exactly as I would've hoped. How does it feel to have someone say something to or about you that you feel is unwarranted? How do you think his family would feel to read something like "he made his own choice" or "he did this to himself"? What if he died from a complication due to an undiagnosed allergy? What the fuck then, you sub-human piece of shit?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    I love

    by johnnykool

    How you cocksuckers are all high and mighty here. The comments I've seen from you assholes at times would make the hair on Robin Williams' toes curl.<p> You have your opinion, I have mine. Mine is an extreme opinion and I firmly believe in it. If he did indeed overdose, then HE GOT WHAT HE DESERVED.<p> I've had loss, I laugh at life and move on. The way you assholes are carrying on you'd think you were Heath's butt-buddies. <p> Or, continue whining as you must. I'm sure the news will be littered with bullshit about this MEDIOCRE actor for weeks. <p>We'll see discussions on all the entertainment shows about what a loss this is to the world and how there will be so many roles we won't get to see himm in. <p>Bill "Dickhead" O'Reilly will have a show about drugs in Hollywood and how actors are giving our kids the wrong message. <p>Radio talk shows will compare his death to Princess Di or River Phoenix (as many of you dipshits have) and how Heath's death will have a positive/negative affect on today's media/society. <p>Fuck Ledger. What about his daughter? WHAT ABOUT HER? Who gives a fuck about "le movies 'ee will nevAR make". How can he put himself in a position to make his daughter live her life without a father? <p>He's nothing more than a MEDIOCRE actor who was fucking a living skeleton and overdosed on sleeping pills/smack/cocaine/sugar water/Diet Dr. Pepper. <p>I'll shit a living walrus out my butt if this is part of a viral campaign.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    5 by 5

    by tonytodd

    Uhhh, did you read the rest of what I wrote? The point was that he had no business messing around with drugs when so many people relied on him - especially his daughter - as everyone knows the risks involved with drugs. That doesn't make me inhuman, it makes him, at best, selfish and irresponsible.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    I've suffered from deep depression and drug abuse...

    by JKrow21

    And I'm certainly not going to judge anyone for taking their own life since I understand how it feels to contemplate your own death every fucking day and the depair that hounds your thoughts constantly. However, I CAN blame the father of a young child for being so irresponsible. I just can't feel sorry for him the way Harry does (assuming it was an illegal drug overdose) when he has such a young child to look after. Yes, I feel for his family and I'm angered by the loss of such a talented actor but that's as far as it goes. He fucked up and paid the price - unfortunately so did everyone else around him.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Prayers....

    by fxmulder35

    Prayers to Ledger's family and friends. Difficult times lie ahead for them. He was a good actor, in the prime of his life. This is sad news. I am looking forward to his interpretation of the Joker in the upcoming Batman flick. Everyone will always be able to enjoy him thru his memorable performances in "Monster Ball" , "The Patriot" , and of course "Brokeback Mountain". Peace.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Come on, HIT ME!

    by MatDGZ

    I was looking forward to what he was going to become. It's a damn shame and it aint sunk in yet. No fucking way.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST

    A sad sad loss to the world

    by performingmonkey

    Ledger was already in the big league but he had the potential to be RIGHT UP THERE among the very best. So young. So sad. We must all revel in his performance in The Dark Knight. Hopefully he has ended his career with his finest. 'Why so serious?' because something serious has indeed happened.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Suicide or overdose...doesn't matter...

    by Rupee88

    it is still sad. Anyway, drugs are dangerous but they are used responsibly by many people. I agree with Harry that fate fucked all of us by taking Mr Ledger away so early. It is sad to lose a damn fine artist regardless of the cause.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST

    For some, fame and fortune ain't enough...

    by alienindisguise

    sad indeed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Very difficult

    by mr blandings

    Sad news. He was a very exciting actor with a great deal going for him. Difficult to comprehend how it must be for his family, and of course the fact he has a 2 year old makes it even more heartbreaking. Everyone I know is genuinely upset at the news. And more than that, they are shocked - seems to come completely out of the blue, particularly with what could well have been his big turning point as an actor coming up with the release of The Dark Knight. May Mr Ledger rest in peace.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:36 p.m. CST

    A sad thing....

    by Iago31

    This is a truly sad event. It's tragic for his daughter, his family and his loved ones. As for RainesMaker and people of his ilk: Show some respect. The man is dead. We don't know what happened yet, it's too early to make any sort of judgement whatsoever. I do know that CNN is reporting that the pills were over-the-counter sleep aids, so it's still totally posible that it was an accident. But, accident or no, either suicide or an OD hardly makes someone "scum". Having no sympathy for someone who might have been in a tremedous amount of pain, on the other hand.... Look, the only people who have any cause to hate Ledger are his family and his child. THAT'S IT. Everyone else, you didn't know him, you didn't know what was going on in his life, you have NO right to judge him. This is the kind of talk that makes me absolutely crazy.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Yet all the talentless people are still kicking

    by hktelemacher

    To look at Ledger's filmography he wasn't in a ton of great movies, but he was definitely a movie star who was in the process of turning himself into a truly great actor. He was starting to make challenging, unconventional choices with his roles and it sucks that we'll never see where he was going to take his career. And on a side note - is this part of God's continuing vendetta against Terry Gilliam? Seriously.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Hope he was so into his Joker role he pulled off a knee slapper

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    Just like Andy Kaufman

  • There are people who'd pay to see that. Myself being one. :)

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:39 p.m. CST

    tonytodd

    by 5 by 5

    You don't know he was messing around with drugs yet you twit! Wait until we find out what's going on, douche.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:39 p.m. CST

    JKrow

    by TheAllSeeingEye

    "I've suffered from deep depression and drug abuse..."<br><br>Yeh right. And I've got a solid gold cock.<br><br>If you've been in that situation, or known anyone in that situation, you know that most of the time they actually BELIEVE that they're doing their loved ones a favour by killing themselves.<br><br>So please, don't try to sugar coat your ignorance with a claim to have even known what that poor lad must have been experiencing.<br><br>

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:39 p.m. CST

    This is just horrible!

    by mymonkeysnameisjennifer

    I seriously can't believe this, he was just hitting the peak of his talent and career. My deepest sympathies to his family, and especially his daughter, as that's the real tragedy here. Peace to everyone.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:40 p.m. CST

    FUCKED UP

    by jayski

    I CANT FUCKING BELIEVE THIS I DNT CARE IF I MAKE ANY SPELLING MISTAKES AND IF ANY ONE POINTS THEM OUT THEN FUCK YOU! I HOPE YOU ROT IN HELL! THIS IS A HUGE UNFUCKING MEASURABLE LOSS TO EVERYONE! I DONT UNDERSTAND THIS KIND OF THING! I DONT FOR ONE SECOND THINK BADLY OF hEATH IF HE WAS IN THAT PLACE WE CANT EVEN DARE BLAME HIM! BUT FUCK WHY! IF ANYTHING THIS SHOULD JUDT PROVE, IF HE DID INFACT TAKE HIS LIFE, THAT SOMETIMES PEOPLE NEED HELP! WE HAVE TO TRY AND RECOGNISE THIS! IF ANY OF YOU PEOPLE HAVE A FRIEND OR A PARTNER OR A FAMILY MEMBER THAT SEEMS DOWN, YOU MUST! AND I MEAN MUST TALK TO THEM TRY EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER TO HELP! IF SOMEONE AS TALENTED AND WITH SO MUCH GOING FOR HIM CAN END UP FEELING LIKE THERE IS NO OTHER WAY OUT IMAGINE WHAT ORDINARY PEOPLE WITH ORDINARY LIVES MUST FEEL LIKE! WE HAVE BEEN ROBBED OF A TRULY TALENTED PERSON BUT I'M NOT THINKING OF US NOW I'M THINKING OF HIS LITTLE GIRL WHO MUST GROW UP WITHOUT HER DAD AND SOMEDAY DEAL WITH THIS! HEATH YOU WHERE A TRUE STAR AND SOMEONE WHO REALLY SEEMED TO BE IN THIS BUSINESS TO ACT! TO DISCOVER AND TO EXPLORE MAN NOT FOR THE FAME AND NOT FOR THE GLORY! THERE ARE FEW I CAN THINK OF OUT THERE THAT COULD CLAIM AS MUCH WE HAVE ALL LOST SOMETHING TODAY. R.I.P, Good night sweet prince, And may flights of angels sing you to your rest. As the shadows move across the lake, Dream sweet dreams until you wake

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:40 p.m. CST

    johnnykool

    by mr blandings

    Hi Johnnykool. You aren't kool. You are a dickhead. Give it a few days at least man before you say 'Fuck Ledger'. That really is totally over the top and unecessary. Also, can I ask what you mean by the supposedly French phonetics you write in the phrase '"le movies 'ee will nevAR make"' - what does this mean? Is it some fantastically clever joke about French people being gay? If so, then well done. You are really really funny.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Its so sad when they die young and on top

    by modlight

    of their game. Height of his career. On a totally unrelated note... Peter Fonda in ION TV's Journey to the Center of the Earth. Good for you!!!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:41 p.m. CST

    If there's any karma in the world at all...

    by WillowFan2001

    ...someday Ledger's daughter will come to this site, read all the shit people are talking about her father, and take out a voodoo curse on the lot of you sorry bastards. That is all.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:42 p.m. CST

    funny

    by batjac

    If it had been jenna Bush or Chuck Norris or someone Harry doesn't like---the jokes would be pouring forth like a river--a River Phoenix. This is sad--a waste--a shame--but a tragedy? Please. James Dean-tragedy- Lennon-Tragedy. Axl Rose- tragedy (not dead? Ok strike that one. ) Mark Hamill---save Dark Knight!!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:43 p.m. CST

    SK229: Denis Leary had that routine

    by chrth

    "Stevie Ray Vaughn is dead ... and we can't get Bon Jovi on a helicopter" "Motley Crue would never overdose ... you could put them in a room full of coke, and they'd come out later saying 'We're going to do a live album'"

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Oh, yes we do.

    by Breotan

    "Everyone else, you didn't know him, you didn't know what was going on in his life, you have NO right to judge him."<p>We have every right to judge him.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:43 p.m. CST

    ...

    by AllieJamison

    will this be another documentary for terry gilliam? sorry but ...the thoughts...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:43 p.m. CST

    can't win for haters

    by oisin5199

    ok, so if we didn't know him, we're not allowed to mourn. But, as movie fans posting on a movie site, if we wonder about his film projects, we're being selfish and heartless. As usual, it's the AICN talkback no-win scenario. Why is it so hard to understand that people will be upset by this. Actors are both human beings with personal flaws like the rest of us, AND cultural icons that inhabit our unconscious realms, who play characters we identify with, whose larger than life presence can affect those who are influenced by the medium of film. Even if we don't know them personally. If you've somehow managed to remain intellectually and emotionally resistant to the culture of celebrity, than good for you - you're one of the strong, few. Or maybe you're even resistant to the idea of people feeling empathy for a human being whose story is writ large upon our cultural consciousness. I'm sure those of you who are must feel proud of your rugged individualism and ability to reject the lure of popular culture. Or maybe you just lack empathy. If so, you'll never get it, and I feel sad for you. But I don't think the concept is so hard to understand if you have any emotions at all.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Un - Fucking - Believable

    by DirkAngerReloaded23

    You know, I'm sitting here in a state of stunned disbelief at the moment. Now normally when I hear about someone, Hollywood actor or otherwise, dying of a drug overdose my initial reaction is usually one of who gives a fuck. People off-ing themselves through drug abuse does not rate high on my sympathy scale in comparison to, for example, crack babies dying in fires or the people of Darfur living in a genocidal region of the globe where everyday above ground is a blessing. Yet I sit here and am fairly pissed off/slightly depressed over the loss of this actor. Why? Because this guy showed amazing promise down the road with his level of talent. I mean, he was only 28 for Christ's sake! He was only gonna get better and that's a really, really sad thing. From what I've seen of him in the limited bits and pieces from the Dark Knight, his portrayal of the Joker was going to be nothing short of a revelation, and this is coming from a guy who, when Ledger was first announced as landing the part, had the initial reaction of WTF? "There is nothing in this world as sad as wasted talent"; wise words my friend Bobby D, wise words indeed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Rush to Judgement? I sure will.

    by The_Breeze

    I'm sick of all these fools already tearing him apart saying "he killed himself when he has a daughter" or some such crap. We don't know what happened. However, I will make a guess, that is just as likely as anything else. Reports now are that OVER THE COUNTER sleeping pills were found. He also was discovered by a housekeeper who was waking him up for a massuese appoint. Rather than saying "he committed suicide" it's just as likely to say that he felt like crap, was sore and tired, and scheduled a massusse to rub some sore muscles, and then took some pills to help him sleep. Indeed, it's quite possible that he usually didn't take pills and did what many people do - think "more is better" and took a few too many. It is easier than some people think to accidentally kill yourself with OTC stuff.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Wax philosophic some more, Harry

    by thatdudewalter

    Stop moping about, talking about how cruel life is. The cruelty here was the selfish behavior of a grown man who was completely inconsiderate of the effects his actions would have on his daughter. You say you are not pissed at Ledger, but he is the only one to be pissed at. Life did not cause this. Fate did not cause this. God did not cause this. Hollywood did not cause this. The "pressures" of being a millionaire paid to play pretend in front of a camera did not cause this. Not even Bush caused this. This was caused by Heath Ledger. My sincere condolences go out to his family and friends, but it is foolish to portray Ledger as some sort of fucking victim in this scenario, unless there is evidence of foul play.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Publicity Stunt Gone Bad?

    by Oceanlizard

    I hope this is some sick publicity stunt, because he really is a good actor with lots of promise. If this is not a publicity stunt he's going to miss so much of his daughter's life and just miss out on life itself.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    mr blandings

    by johnnykool

    You made no sense whatsoever.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    damn..

    by LouisCedar

    This really is a shame. He was such a great actor, even in so-so movies like A Knights Tale, he turned in a great performance. I'm just glad that this (apparently) won't affect TDK, as all signs point to him being amazing in it.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:46 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by Jack Black

    http://i31.tinypic.com/sxc4s5.jpg

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Denis Leary was ripping off Bill Hicks

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    Who DIED TOO YOUNG and was way more talented and creative and a positive force for GOOD in the Universe

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Warner Bros has a big problem on their hands..

    by Alfred_Packer

    If all these stories about how the role of the Joker affected him mentally keep coming up and are played over and over, and given how the media just loves to carpet bomb the public with any celebrity gossip they can, I'd like to see how Warner handles releasing the Dark Knight in the wake (pun intended) of the publicity. While it may be somewhat insensitive to think about things like that at a time like this, all apologies, but we all wanted to see this film in a few months, and I dont see how Warner can spin this unless they try to hold it up as "His Last Great Role". But then again, Warner=Time/Warner, which signs the checks of a lot of media companies. I bet the phones start ringing in the newsrooms pretty quick telling them to kill any story related to the Joker role affecting him negatively.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:48 p.m. CST

    "paid to play pretend in front of a camera"

    by oisin5199

    ok, I'm going to speak for all the working actors out there and throw out a big 'fuck you'! Acting is a job like any other, with its required skills and challenges. It's not play. It's work.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST

    He was great in a Knight's Tale

    by newc0253

    RIP dude.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Just got of the phone w/ Ledger's Mom . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . funny, she was just as concerned about THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS as Harry.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST

    I don't think it's disrespectfull

    by zooch

    to wonder about what's now going to happen to The Dark Knight. This is going to go down as Heath's last performance. It's a role he spent a great deal on. It was his craft. We are all hoping for the best.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Un Effffinreal! So long Mr. Joker

    by riddleman1674

    First Brad Renfro, and now this? Who's next? If it was drugs, I just don't understand why. In Renfro's case, although it was still no excuse, it was easy to see why he would have been lured into that hell, but Heath was on the money right now. An A list actor (well, in my opinion anyway) with a family and a successful film career. Just doesn't make sense. And it's a fucking shame that we're losing another great. Here's to you and yours Mr. Ledger, you will be missed. Peace.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST

    The worst thing, for me

    by Vesuvio

    Is that, when Renfro's death was announced, I was like.. "Brad Who? Junkie. Who cares? Fuck him.".. you know why? Because I'm a fucking idiot. Anyway, this is not even a little bit about me, but HONESTLY, and with ALL DO RESPECT to his family and loved ones, I AM feeling more for the loss of the profesional. I'm sad about how much of his perfomances I'll never be able to see, and that includes a possible Batman 3. I'm being completely honest here, I didn't knew the guy personally, I was not his friend. So I'd be a fucking liar and a douche if I said I was feeling THAT kind of pain.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST

    No sympathy. He's going to hell, to burn for eternity next to Br

    by W3bzpinn3r

    Suicide is a chicken-shit way of dealing with things. He's a coward. He abandoned all those around him with a selfish, spiteful act. His poor daughter has to live with the stigma of a cowardly father. I only feel sorry for her. Ledger can burn in hell for all I care.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST

    johnnykool

    by mr blandings

    Sorry if I'm not making sense. TO be honest, I probably agree with nearly everything you say! I just feel it's probably best to give it perhaps more than 3 and a half hours before saying 'Fuck Heath'. He may indeed have brought it on himself, but it's far too easy just to dismiss the whole thing immediately. Maybe let's wait until we have all the facts. Does that make sense?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST

    TheAllSeeingEye.

    by JKrow21

    You're wrong about me so shut the fuck up. Also re-read what I said, it wasn't a post about me criticizing suicide but the irresponsibility behind HIS actions. Also, not everyone believes they are doing the right thing for their family by killing themself so stop.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST

    jesus thats sad

    by reddeath72

    is it me or is there something very sad about young hollywood these days, i had ledger pegged as a brando caliber talent...is it really worth ending up as a farewell on the oscars as opposed a recipient...what a complete waste

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST

    He is already legendary as the Joker...

    by Rindain

    Just from the trailer. "Why..so...serious?!?" "Come on, HIT ME!", etc. It's cruel how he is gone at such a young age. My best wishes to his family.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Just heard...

    by Crawing

    stay in UK...was waiting on Film 2008 to come on "Viewers please note this program was recorded previous to the death of the hollywood actor, Heath Ledger" Felt sick with shock. This guy was awesome. What a tradegy, regardless of the cause. My thoughts are with his family. It really is so sad that someone so young and talented has gone. Bye, Heath, and thanks.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Although it's called an "overdose" right now... it might not be.

    by pomophobe

    It could be a s simple as a combination of medication. It's a bit early to call it an overdose, maybe it's an accidental one. We don't know... So it's a bit early to say "OMG SAYZ NOES TO DRUGZZZ!!!!"

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:52 p.m. CST

    you guys crack me up

    by joevfx

    half of you people were calling heath out when he made out with a dude in that other movie, now you are all his best friends. Tell me this, would all these people being writing R.I.P. Keath if he wasnt Joker in teh new Batman? i highly doubt it.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:52 p.m. CST

    My very first post for AICN...

    by Cloaker Cobra

    ...I have watched this site for 8 years now. And my first post is simply this; http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/753159,ledgernov012208.article The last sentence is either going to very sad to read, or very infuriating. As a fan of fearless cinema, this was an ambitious artist. What drives people to these career paths? When your life is about creating drama, sometimes that drama comes back in spades. Reality indeed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Fucking show some respect.

    by silentbobfan

    He was still a human being who died so let's at least respect his death. It's fucking ignorant to be fighting how he died when they haven't even been able to officially examine his body. It's also really disrespectful because there's people who care about him who have to find out from the fucking news and all their speculation. Nobody has any right to go after him because nobody will ever know what he was going through to lead to this.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Never saw this coming...

    by Sledge Hammer

    Heath was actually a friend of a friend back in his 'Roar' days, he had a bit of an ego, was very serious, but I guess you have to be like that, especially as a young actor. He was also known to dabble in drugs, but was never part of "the scene", and was never anything but a casual user, and even then only low end type stuff. He is not someone that I ever would have guessed would have gone out via OD, ever. It's just...wow. <p>Sad stuff, great actor, gone way too young. Guess it just goes to show, you never know the demons that people carry with them daily, all you ever get to see is the fascade they use to cover them up with, some more successfully than others. <p>This is River Pheonix all over again, a real waste.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST

    mr blandings

    by johnnykool

    Yes, that makes sense. <p>I have a sinus infection and need to pay a couple of bills.<p> I take it all back!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by loafroaster

    I don't know why; maybe because he was on the brink of greatness, or maybe because it's so out of the blue, but this hit me hard.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Harry...

    by iamthelorax001

    This is an unfortunate incident but why does Harry always have to use it to let us know he's met celebrities? He did the same thing when Brad Renfro passed. People were flaming JJ Abrams for doing something for someone else, saying it was for publicity. Maybe, but Harry fucking does it ALL THE TIME!!! And this time, when it's a posting about someone passing away no less.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST

    A TREND?

    by Gun Man

    Heath. Brad Refro. Cheney Kley of DARKNESS FALLS six months ago. Owen Wilson's attempt. Twenty something year old millionaire/or at least successful actors -- good looks, beautiful women in their lives, dream projects -- we who read AICN and dream of their lives --"accidental" ODs or on purpose -- what makes them do it? Could it be that the dream life isn't what we expect? I went through this when Brandon Lee, a semi-friend, died. Tragic. Before his time. There seems to be a pall cast on this filmmaking generation. Dudes, we have to turn this around. Revel in the amazingness of what we get to do! Jesus! The Strike has been depressing me, but this is a wake up call. This biz is make believe. Death is real. Drugs can kill. They have killed some of our best and brightest. Depression is real. One mistake can be Final. Fuck the ADR on DARK KNIGHT. Heath is really dead. His little daughter will have to deal with the loss of her father. That means more than any Batman sequel... Sad... I've been here since AICN started, but this is my first post. Forgive any awkward prose.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST

    For all you twats screaming "suicide"

    by Bruce Vain

    I reckon above all else this was accidental. I may have called Heath a cunt, but I have no doubt, until proven otherwise, his death was accidental. Lay off your moral flogging W3bzpinn3r et al.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST

    I'm going to pretend to be an unsympathetic asshole, I'm cool

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    See, I'm like John Wayne or George Bush, I'm a big tough guy see? Impressed yet? I bet your impressed, looking into computer machine, reading my messages. Impressed with my tough stance on the world. Yeah, I'm going to smoke all you weak liberals who are strong on sympathy and therefore terrorism out of your holes. We're coming for you. And Ghandi? Fuck that guy.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Sad

    by Doombringer

    Really sad, but apparently of his own doing. I feel more for his wife and daughter, who are now without a father because he popped too many pills :/ Had this been a sudden, freak car accident, or murder, sentiments would be drastically different.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST

    This has shades of River Phoenix.

    by jae683

    Another great young actor taken in his prime. RIP

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:56 p.m. CST

    http://tinyurl.com/2l5m6r

    by johnnykool

    Cool interview about playing the Joker. He's fidgety as hell.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:56 p.m. CST

    johnnykool

    by TruPhan

    Self-aggrandizing much?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Terrible.

    by Proman1984

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Heath.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Bizzare and targic

    by HudLives

    ...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    johnnykool

    by mr blandings

    cool glad we're friends now. peace!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Top 3 Best "Young" Actors Of Our Day

    by Frodo T. Baggins

    Ouch. So random. I loved him since The Patriot. Great performance there. I have read in some interviews that he said The Dark Knight was the most grueling role hed ever had. Do you think being put into a Dark state of mind helped this? Or just drug lust? Man he was a favorite of mine. About to hear about him on TMZ. RIP

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Bizzare and tragic

    by HudLives

    ...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    this is horrible

    by kungfuhustler84

    Such a talented, smart performer in the world of film is lost. What sucks too is he was one of the few pretty boys I actually enjoyed watching in pretty much every film he was in. This is horrible. Rest in peace man, you will be missed by many, many people.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    TruPhan

    by johnnykool

    Not here, only in real life.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:58 p.m. CST

    now I really want to get that Roar DVD set

    by oisin5199

    I dug that show mostly because it was all Celtic-y. And ok, time to stop ripping on Harry. Whether you like it or not, he is a substantial presence (no joke there, really) in the entertainment scene, so he's going to have interacted with quite a few people involved in that scene. Harry writes out of his experience, so of course he's going to mention that interaction. It's not a name-dropping thing. It's a "and here's my experience" thing. You don't get many people in this business who's one of us (movie geeks) and 'knows' these people AND is low key and frank about his opinions. I, for one, am grateful. Thanks, Harry, for your candor.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Not fate

    by br1947

    Fate is a random heart attack or stroke, something out of the blue. Drug overdose is suicide as far as I'm concerned, and that's what it sounds like. I liked the guy, still remember him on 'Roar', he made some very good movies, I was really looking forward to him as the Joker, but drug overdose is not 'fate', it's stupidity.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Harry....

    by Grit

    ignore the knockers. I thought your words were warm. This news has me reeling as it does you and a lot of us. Great actor. Very sad news.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:59 p.m. CST

    mr blandings

    by johnnykool

    Peace, love, and chicken grease!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:59 p.m. CST

    D.A.R.E. indeed

    by JiveTalker

    I don't know how anyone could be so cruel as to suggest he "deserved what he got" because of the drug involvement. Yes, drugs are horrid, but let's face it, life can be horrid and some people turn to drugs to cope with it. He wasn't a saint, he was a flawed human being like the rest of us. How dare anyone judge this poor guy, whose death is nothing other than a freakin sickening, unnecessary tragedy. Besides which, apparently it was just prescription sleeping pills, people. It wasn't illegal drugs, he wasn't shooting up or anything, and for all we know it may have been a horrible freaking accident. My heart goes out to poor Michelle Williams and their daughter. Jesus Christ this is horrific.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:59 p.m. CST

    HudLives

    by TruPhan

    Great name. Helluva name.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:59 p.m. CST

    The worst kind of talkback...

    by ebonic_plague

    ...brings out the worst kind of talkbacker, the fucking odious turds who can't wait to tell the world how they have no sympathy for a person they perceive as weak or morally deficient based on the one shred of alleged information they picked up from the AP wire. You know who deserves no sympathy or basic common decency? You same sanctimonious fuckers. I don't care if you cured the common cold and volunteer in leper colonies, to show up in an obit article with the sole purpose of expressing disdain for the a person who lost the fight with their own demons, based solely on your unbelievably arrogant, self-centered opinion that anyone you judge to be weaker than yourself deserves their cold grave, and then to go further and hide such gleeful callousness behind a mock concern for the dead man's family, well, suffice it to say that I can't think of any better candidates-- not even drug users or suicides-- with which to populate Hell. I hope one day you fuckers find out what real inescapable despair tastes like, and you're met with indifferent shrugs and the exact replies you've posted in this talkback. Sorry to do this here but it needed to be said. RIP Heath.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 5:59 p.m. CST

    rumor control

    by fknjeffoakley

    the initial reports were that there were some over-the-counter sleeping pills near his bed, not that there were pills scattered all over the room. for all we know, this could mean they were in the packaging, in a fucking drawer. who DOESN'T have over-the-counter sleeping pills near their bed?? the point is, we have zero idea what caused his death, but because the word "pills" was mentioned, we've got a nasty game of telephone going on. it could have nothing to do with drugs, or everything to do with drugs. nobody here has a clue, so don't pretend that you do. and fuck off with the ignorant "no sympathy if it was drugs" bullshit. people who have drug problems are people who need help. it's sad, and they do deserve some degree of pity. not to the point where they should be babied and have their hand held, but maybe some effort should be made to try to understand what circumstances a person is trying to escape through drugs. yes, it's true that a person chooses to use drugs - but don't pretend to know what might be going on in that person's life and mind. same with a suicide - to actually, physically go against the natural will to live, you have to be in some severe pain. is it selfish if you have a family? absolutely. but it ain't black and white. this immediate "no sympathy" reaction is what's truly selfish. i wonder how you tough guys would react if your perfect lives were ever disrupted, or if you ever found yourself depressed, or if you ever had a moment of weakness.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6 p.m. CST

    JKrow..

    by TheAllSeeingEye

    I didn't say "everyone" believes they're doing their families a favour. I said alot do. You'd actually know that if you'd read it properly and took time to digest the information instead of jumping to conclusions; you do alot of that don't you?<br><br> I actually laugh when i see people say "it's a cowards way out". Really? A cowards way eh? Have a think about how much you must hate your fucking life if you can actually find the courage to end it; be it by shooting yourself in the head, throwing yourself off a building or even taking an OD.<br><br>I'll stand by what I said. You're a tool and you don't have the first fucking clue of what you're harping on about.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Yeah for that Johnny cool guy.....

    by odo19

    You guessed it. Go fuck yourself.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Sucks !

    by moviesaintwhattheyusedtobe

    A super talent absolutely lost. Tragic. Sad. Hope there are answers coming and that this isn't left unexplained. Reminds me of River Phoenix more than anything else.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST

    joevfx

    by 5 by 5

    "half of you people were calling heath out when he made out with a dude in that other movie, now you are all his best friends." This of course was information culled from the highly-scientific (and famous) joevfx poll, accurate with a .5% fraction for error. You're a joke. Why don't you take a minute and think about Heath Ledger and his family instead of wanking on people who post here? I think it's complete common sense that one doesn't have to be friends with a guy to feel sorry for him. Jerk.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:02 p.m. CST

    I heard this on the radio on my way home and was shocked...

    by boba_rob

    He was awesome in Knight's Tale, The Patriot, and of course Brokeback Mountain, but his turn as the Joker is already looking like his defining role. It's gonna be hard watching Dark Knight on opening day. He will be missed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Ledger's body leaves the apartment

    by feckdrinkarse

    http://defamer.com/347793/heaths-body-leaves-421-broome Why did I watch this shit. So depressing.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:02 p.m. CST

    well said ebonic_plague

    by fknjeffoakley

    looks like we both got disgusted with this talkback at around the same point.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Very sad

    by echobase

    Here's another "River Phoenix"... A young good talented actor, gone before his time. RIP

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    The Crow = The Joker

    by Frodo T. Baggins

    Similar make up. Anything in common? Id laugh to say that ONLY playing dark roles for blockbusters is a curse but ever since we saw the Jokers make up people have been saying it was Crow-esk

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST

    So so sad but...

    by FrankieLove

    At least his greatest movie will be his last, even though he won't be around to see it. I guess the jokers not laughing anymore. I guess it also means he won't be starring with is buddy Jake in the sequel to Brokeback Mountain...Bisexual Butt Lovers, it was to be the story of the 2 guys and their wives dealing with the fact that the guys love ramming each other in the ass than baning their own wives. The wives try and get thier men back by baning them in the ass with strap on's but the men say there's nothing like the real thing. Hopefully the value of The Dark Knight movie posters will go up in value (yes I got 'em. All in all Heath was a cool dude, and contrary to what was said before, he never married Michelle Williams. She was sweet and a piece of ass, when she gets back from sundance I'm gonna drop her a line. On a serious note I first met Heath during the filming of 10 things I hate about you, I was an extra in the film it was fun, especially the part where I made out with Julia Stiles, she's a real doll, as much as I wanted something more to happen nothing did, but that chick that played her sister in the movie was sweet for me as was I for her and I must say she's definately in my top 5 of women I've done things with that can't be described on here.Well I'm gonna watch some movies tonight, Dead Silence, Better off Dead, Death Sentence, The quick and the Dead, Dead poets Society,Dead mans walk and Kiss of Death. In closing I'd just like to say the lessons we learn from pain are the ones that make us the stongest and if you're gonna mix drugs with alcohol, don't mix the ones that are gonna kill you.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Amy Whinehouse next?

    by skywalkerfamily

    Probably.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Heath legder was a very

    by emeraldboy

    troubled guy. From what i have read. a couple of years ago I think he had some sort of nervous break down. Heath ledger found it very difficult to escape The straight jacket of hollywood casting and rebelled against the hunk type of roles that hollywood wanted to him to play. the good looking blond haired blue eyed type of thing. He wanted to do darker stuff. he did stuff like the sin eater which bombed. He found the pressure of fame very difficult and it took a huge toll on his marraige. his marraige seemed to be goign fine. but it collapsed. His last role was the joker. Drugs kill you. I wont be suprised if we read tomorrow that Amy winegouse snuffs it. But heath ledger i believe was a very troubled individual and i dont think he ever got over the collapse of his marriage.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST

    that Latino review interview

    by oisin5199

    yeah, fidgety's putting it mildly. But when he said, 'probably the most fun I ever will have' on a role, in reference to the Joker, I almost broke up. So fucking sad.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    The Dark Knight

    by TheAllSeeingEye

    If his performance is half as good as what I've seen on the trailer and what Michael Caine had to say about it is true, it could be a fitting swansong.<br><br>

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    TheAllSeeingEye...

    by JKrow21

    If I was always jumping to conclusions I would have been greeting good ol Heath today.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    odo19

    by johnnykool

    Learn to read.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:06 p.m. CST

    James Dean's character in Giant = The Joker

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:06 p.m. CST

    A lot of emo and self-centered people on this site

    by chrth

    Ok, this is how it works. Pay close attention.<p> 1) Heartfelt condolences to his friends and family, especially his daughter. It doesn't matter how/why he died, they deserve our sympathy and support<p> 2) Prayers for his soul/spirit/chi/etc, if you're of a religious persuasion<p> 3) If you are someone who is neither a friend or family member of Heath, and you feel emotionally distraught, you need to get a grip fast. His death in no way effects you, and you acting like it does just reveals how self-centered you are. We don't know what else he would've done in his career. We don't know what the entertainment world missed out on. But to act like this is a tragedy for you cheapens both the situation and his life. He didn't die so you'd have an excuse to cry.<p> 4) If you're angry at Heath because you think he killed himself (accidentally or otherwise), you too need to get a grip. By expressing outrage you too are revealing yourself as self-centered. No one cares that you have no respect for those that kill themselves or use drugs or what have you.<p> <p>Every death sucks. Ask not for whom the bell tolls etc. The best thing we can all do is lend sympathy where it is needed, and exercise restraint where it is warranted. Some of you definitely need to work on the latter.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Amazed

    by jamestewart007

    I know Heath was a great actor and his death has pretty much shocked me more than any celebrity dieing ever has before. But I am truly amazed at the reactions in the talk back. So many people have been brought together and are sending out their condolences, that it is really amazing to me.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST

    feckdrinkarse - that footage

    by oisin5199

    Wow. The absurdity of the ambulance guys having trouble with the gurney. In the midst of death, there's the mundane. Reminds me of 'The Body,' the brilliant Buffy episode that deals with the same thing. Death is fucking weird.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST

    FACTS HERE: Accidental, was in cardiac arrest when found, pills

    by The Only Woj

    community.livejournal.com / ohnotheydidnt / 19614168.html has a rundown of all of it there His role as the Joker was so troubling and demonic to him that he had trouble sleeping at night. "physically and mentally draining" "i took one ambien and it didnt work. i took a second and i fell asleep only to wake up an hour later." -rough quote from an interview about being the joker

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Like everyone else, I am sad, confused, and shocked.

    by moondoggy2u

    Like Harry, I first saw Heath Ledger in A Knight’s Tale. I’m not sure what got me interested in seeing that film, really. Maybe it was boredom or perhaps my wife persuaded me, but I do remember how I felt at the end, when the credits rolled. I absolutely loved it! I loved the message that a man can defy the odds and stand against his detractors, those would bring him to his knees, and change the stars. I loved the message and I loved the heartfelt, unabashedly cornball approach. From that moment, Heath was on my theatrical radar.<p>As time went on, I had forgotten about Heath. When you get to be as old as me, you tend to be busy with jobs, family, and kids, and not necessarily in that order. It was then that I saw Lords of Dogtown. By all accounts, ‘Dogtown was one of those films that fly under everyone’s radar, but is enjoyed by those who’ve seen it. Maybe it wasn’t that that important a film or that spectacular of a role, but Heath Ledger gave all he had to play the surrogate father figure. He lost himself in the role and thoroughly stole that film and with only 20 minutes of screen time!<p>Following this up with the one-two punch of the quiet yet earnest role of a pining lover in Brokeback Mountain and the evidence was clear: Heath was something special. Like Val Kilmer or Russell Crowe, Heath Ledger had the knack for being able to portray masculine bravado AND subtle honesty, which is no small feat in our modern Hollywood era of cookie-cutter instant stars. This man was a hard working actor. A man who actually TRIED to wow us, to give us what we want.<p>And then, like everyone else, I laid eyes upon the trailer for this summer’s The Dark Knight. In just a little over two minutes, it was clear that Heath Ledger was going to become one of our greatest actors. We saw his dark side, his nasty side, his demons that no one else knew about. For any fan of Batman, Heath Ledger seemed poised to give us what we have always wanted: Batman’s nemesis. For any fan of cinema, however, Ledger was poised to give us something larger: a truly great actor with enough range, enough good looks, and enough chutzpah to mesmerize audiences for years to come.<p>He was a young man in the prime of his life and we were going to see the beginning of something great…<p>We all were about to see a man change the stars..<p>I know not what demons possessed him to take his own life, and make no mistake, he did take his own life, whether born of misery or selfish neglect, I can never judge nor could I begin to even try. He was not taken by G-d, life, or the world. The tragedy is that he left of his own volition. Whether because of fear, shame, pain of the spirit, he left. He left behind his fame. He left behind his glory. He left behind his audiences who loved him. He left behind his wife who loved him in her own special way. And he left behind his own daughter, who will forever miss the most precious thing in her own life: her daddy.<p>But I will always remember him fondly and with heartfelt thanks. In his own way, he brought a small measure of joy and excitement in my life, and however that joy can be valued, I will always thank him for that gift. For the sake of his own wife and daughter and, in my own selfishness, the joy that he brought to my love of stories, I wish that he had lived longer. I wish he could have seen his stars changed.<p>May the Lord love you and forgive you, take you in his loving embrace, keep you under his wing. Whether you are awake or asleep, may your travels and dreams be equally blessed. Find rest, Heath…find peace…find your stars.<p>Amen<p>We will always miss you.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST

    For every great actor who dies ....

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    ... another 100 tabloid crap celebrities go on living. Jesus, couldn't we stand to lose a few wastes of the media instead of Heath?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST

    An Actor Dies

    by thatdudewalter

    I feel for his family, particularly his daughter, but to be perfectly frank, I do not even know why it is in the headlines. Tomorrow, I will get up in the same bed next to the same wife. I will kiss my same son as I leave to go to my same job. The day will pass as it normally does, and I will go home to my same house. Heath Ledger may have been a talented actor, and I sincerely feel for his child, but he, or more appropriately, his ABSENCE has so little impact on my life that I find it hard to understand how over-the-top some of you are getting. Yes, he is dead. It is painful for those who know and love the deceased, but it is a natural part of life. Life will not be redefined through his demise.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST

    HEATH IS LEGEND

    by AmharicLinguist

    Like many others, this is my first post. I am still in a state of shock. Rest in peace Heath, rest in peace.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    well said, ebonic_plague

    by gruntybear

    VERY well said.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    I Wont Be Able To Enjoy The Dark Knight Now

    by Frodo T. Baggins

    His magic will be gone. Ill just be thinking I will never be able to see him again. I cant stop watching the trailer now.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    fuck you FrankieLove

    by Charlie Murphy

    "hopefully the posters go up in value cause I've got em"??!? what the fuck man, i should take a picture of you then force sleeping pills down your fucking throat then sell the picture. fuck

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST

    he was still alive when the meds started working on him

    by The Only Woj

    so says that link I posted ... they found him and he was in cardiac arrest = not dead

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST

    GMONEY1130: thatdudewalter gets it

    by chrth

    why don't you?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST

    What a start to 08

    by jjn1268019

    First Brad Renfro dies a week ago, that kind of shocked me and I was sad because he was young and talented and I liked some of his movies, now this... What the fuck is going on!? From all the reports it sounds like suicide! Why would someone do something so stupid when they have the fucking world in the palm of their hands. I mean this guy had talent, money, fame, not to mention a kid... I'm trying to grasp this and it makes me want to puke to think that he threw it all away for what? I mean if he thought his life was hard, I just cant understand it, and Harry is such a fucking fag. "Not mad a Heath" I'm pissed at this because suicide is the cowards way out. What kind of message is that to the rest of us, "life gets hard, kill yourself!?" Fuck that, my life is no picnic but damn it if I take pills when my career and things seem to be going my way. I'm pissed at this. Shocked and sad. God forgive him, may he Rest In Peace.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:13 p.m. CST

    well said by chrth

    by echobase

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Will be missed, great talant now gone

    by DrPain

    He made me a fan with A Knights Tale and Brokeback Mountain. Damn, what a shame. At least he'll get his final bow in The Dark Knight, something a lot of people will see. RIP Mr. Ledger

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Pathetic

    by RicCage

    You're angry Harry. Be angry at Heath Ledger himself. The guy was a drug addict. I'll never understand it.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Mysterious Yobo

    by chrth

    If you become emotionally attached to actors you watch in a movie ... you have problems of a sort I am not trained to treat.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:14 p.m. CST

    RIP Heath

    by Thelighttoshowtheway

    Sadness setting in after the shock. Saw him on a news bulletin but sound was down, turned it up to catch a round up of headlines "more on the death of Heath Ledger as facts come to light." Real shock and my condolences to his family. I hope people don't dumb this down and start blaming the roles he's done recently especially TDK. Hopefully it will stand has the finest example of his talent...gone too soon especially for his little girl

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Fuck, I did not see that comming

    by Barl

    Dang, this is such a waste, he was just about to really break out and shit like this happens. RIP Heath. Now Dark Knight better be really good so he can out with a bang!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Mysterious Yobo, let me put it a different way

    by chrth

    The grief of Ledger's family and friends is real and warranted. Those of people who only know him through his movies is virtual and frankly a little creepy. All I'm asking is that people stop thinking about themselves, and start thinking about the people to whom Heath really mattered.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:16 p.m. CST

    chrth

    by wonderllama

    Nice post...but you're wrong. Drugs are dangerous, if you dabble in them you may die. Heath dabbled and died...he is thus an idiot.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:17 p.m. CST

    This is a place of mourning...

    by Greater Ape

    Far be it from you JohnnyKool to be “high and mighty.” You’re obviously above all that. For you to express a sympathetic emotion, you’d have to be someone’s “butt buddy” or at minimum a “cocksucker.” And what was that “le movies ‘ee will neVAR” bullshit? Is that some tired ass dig on the French? Sigh, sometimes, I think there’s something seriously wrong with us as a species. If someone has touched another’s life in a positive way, their death deserves reflection. From the response on this page, it’s obvious that even his spectators were impacted by him, which few, if any, on this page can say for themselves. He had family. He had a daughter. And whatever judgment you wish to make of his character, do any of you think that his daughter got what she deserved? It’s real easy to be flippant in these forums. It’s anonymous and you can be all billy-bad-ass and harsh on peoples day. I get that. But I genuinely question the stability of those who choose to come to forums like this one, obviously a de facto mourning place, just to contribute their spite. To all his fans, go see the Dark Knight, rent his films, mourn his death and think of the things that might have been. And when the next one comes along, hope he learns from those that came before.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Baby Daughter

    by Sylvia Fowler

    I hope these crazed photographer types leave Michelle Williams & their little daughter alone. They don't need some asshole camping outside their door duing this awful time

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:17 p.m. CST

    I'm so shocked...So sad

    by kafka07

    This is horrible and weird that this happened. He was so talented. Sadly, this sort of thing happens to people in the entertainment business, and I'm used to hearing abut it, although it's always sad. But this time it's just such a huge shocker. Wow. Thanks for the emotional post, Harry.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Mysterious Yobo: I feel it while watching the movie

    by chrth

    But when the movie is over, I get on with my life. I don't spend the rest of my life crying over Bambi's mom or Old Yeller.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:18 p.m. CST

    HE WAS NOT A ADDICT

    by eric haislar

    Does anyone watch the news? really we don't know anything yet. But he was found naked in his bed with sleeping pills next to him. It sounds like he could not sleep and took one to many and he died. He even said in a recent interview that he was only getting a few hours of sleep a night. Lets not call him a drug addict until we know the facts

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:18 p.m. CST

    yobo - some people get it

    by oisin5199

    some don't. To me, I think we are affected when a celebrity dies because we are familiar with their stories - if not their real life 'story,' than the stories of the characters they play (if they're an actor). Like with Princess Di - look at the effect that had on the British populace (if you're too young to remember, watch The Queen). People all knew "Princess Di" the story, if not the person, and it was literally a fairy tale. So when that story ends in grief, that's a shock to the collective system. I think personal deaths work in the same way. Whether it's a relative or a friend, we have an understanding of who they are and how they relate to us (it's not being selfish, it's trying to understand a connection), a sense of their 'story' - when that story ends in tragedy, we are profoundly affected. This one will take a while to process.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:19 p.m. CST

    "Drugs are dangerous, if you dabble in them you may die."

    by chrth

    And cars are dangerous, and you're more likely to die in a car accident than by taking drugs. Should we be angry at everyone who dies in a car accident?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Good Rorschach imitation, RainesMaker

    by BrandLoyalist

    Watch who you're calling scum, fuckface. That moral absolutism probably makes a mental midget like yourself feel really good, huh? Makes the world seem sensible again, like when you were a little kid? Fuck you simpleton.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:19 p.m. CST

    As long as Batman's done...

    by wintocha67

    Just kidding, I wrote the same thing elsewhere and got a lot of negative responses.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:20 p.m. CST

    What is this Yahoo "Omg!" site bullshit

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    Who are they fucking fooling with this horseshit website? And at first when I clicked the Heath link it lead to an error site saying the story wasn't there any more or had been moved and said: "Sorry, this Content is sooo over!" which, even if we weren't talking about a young man's tragic death, is just a fucking stupid thing to say. Is this site supposed to appeal to people like the chick in clueless? Why encourage and help perpetrate that kind of thought and behavior? What the fuck.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:21 p.m. CST

    What I'm still trying to figure out here

    by chrth

    Is the whole Mary Kate Olsen apartment thing. Where did that come from?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:21 p.m. CST

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKa-aDga1fE

    by AlwaysThere

    Clearly acting a bit odd.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:23 p.m. CST

    chrth

    by wonderllama

    I forgot you come from the USA, you probably think guns are safe too. Most people need to use a car...NOBODY needs to use drugs (unlesss they are sick etc). Stop attempting to make the discussion stupid.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:23 p.m. CST

    The ocean is dangerous, too

    by ebonic_plague

    ...and if you dabble in it, you may die. Therefore, everyone who ever died at sea is an idiot deserving of no sympathy, because, hey, you shoulda known the ocean will kill you. __________ Again, you sanctimonious pieces of shit will use any excuse you can to justify talking shit about the recently deceased. Choke eternally on giant cocks.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Man

    by Samson_K

    This is an enormous shock! Heath Ledger wasn't my favourite actor, he was in one of my most loathed films and he was playing the Joker. But this news, when I heard it, shocked the Hell out of me. So I come on here and surprise fucking surprise. The place is populated by the usual odius miserable excuses for human beings that it always is. 'Ah well, he's burning in Hell because he committed suicide' - 'He deserved to die because he was a drug user'. What's fucking next - 'He said the word nipple in a film and God has punished him'? Until you know what happened why don't you just shut the fuck up and here's an idea when you do know what happened why don't you just shut the fuck up? A 28 year old man is dead and a 2 year old kid is now fatherless.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Very sad; so is this talkback ...

    by 300 monkeys

    What a bunch of flaming creeps. This is a very sick way to seek attention, and we really should just ignore them.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Heath...

    by DuncanDisorderly

    This is sad news. Whether he overdosed accidentally or was attempting suicide this is still a bad day for the film industry. The world has lost an up and coming talent and a genuinely nice guy ( I met him once. ) By the way, Jonnykool, any chance of you overdosing, please?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST

    wonderllama: actually, I think guns are horribly unsafe

    by chrth

    That's why I defend my house with beartraps

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Just...wow

    by Organs

    I was shocked when I first heard the news about a couple hours ago. He didn't even seem like the troubled sort of actor (having a daughter and partner helps convey the image, I guess). From what I read, it certainly seemed like a suicide. Alone, with sleeping pills, and some were prescription while others were non-prescription? Yeah, that's suicide in my book. <br> <br> As far as Batman goes, I was never jazzed about him as the Joker. I was briefly excited when I saw the famous photoshopped image of Conrad Veidt, but then promptly let down again when I saw more pictures and read more news. That said, I never wished harm upon him. I wanted to meet him face-to-face and express my disappointment, but that's it. He was a good actor and it's a nasty way to start the year.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Heath

    by Johnny Deep

    You'll be missed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:25 p.m. CST

    The sympathy's been shared -- any lesson to be learned?

    by Le Chevalier Noir

    I'd say: Don't get high..... get off your butt and make things happen in this shitty ball NOW. Huh?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Terrible

    by Super Nintendo Chalmers

    He was a cool actor, even in his lesser films. To call him a drug addict without knowing the facts is an awful thing to do, and even if he was he doesn't deserve to die. Apparently he was split from his wife, and all of the professional success in the world can't make up for sadness in your personal life. What a weird think to happen today.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:25 p.m. CST

    chrth

    by wonderllama

    HAHAHA...fine work. Let's kiss and make up ;)

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Greater Ape

    by johnnykool

    Nice of you to get caught up. Please keep moving and let the door hit your ass on the way out.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:27 p.m. CST

    So, yeah...

    by Super Nintendo Chalmers

    Fuck you to everyone saying "oh well, he shouldn't have done drugs." Sleeping pills aren't the same thing as heroin, assholes.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST

    So long Heath

    by matt

    Wow. Just read this on the news. Such a great actor. He had so much left in him to do. From what I've seen of the Dark Knight, he's probably goinbg to steal this movie. Such a shame He'll never get to see it completed. He was going to have a lot of fun with it. At least his last will probably be his best.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST

    wonderllama - You win the biggest dipshit award

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    That's right, everyone in America thinks guns are safe and no one here really needs to use drugs, unlike other countries where people are informed on the dangers of firearms and drug use is neccessary. You fucking moron.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST

    5 by 5 , are you insane

    by joevfx

    I do feel bad for is FAMILY, im not chocked up about him. especially IF it was a suicide. there are people getting blown up everyday in Iraq , US soldeirs and civilians, and you people are gettign choked up over an actor who was prolly close to a millianare possibly dyeign of a drug overdose? you know the country is going to hell when people liek brittany spears and rich actors are makign headlines over dying civilians and US solderis in a war. gimme a break. i dont mean to come off like a jerk, i really do feel for his little daughter, but everyone really needs to put this into perspective.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Actually, accidental overdose with sleeping pills isn't rare

    by chrth

    Brian Epstein died from them. What happened then is that he needed them ... built up an immunity to lower dosages and started taking more. The problem is that the immunity only works towards their effectiveness in putting you to sleep, not their effectiveness in killing you. So you reach a point where you need to take so many just to fall asleep, and if you're not careful (or if you drink at the same time), it can put you to sleep permanently

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:29 p.m. CST

    jjn1268019

    by messi

    message? are you that stupid to think what people do are messages. i can think for myself. and not everyone believes in god and think people need forgiveness.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Yo Charlie Murphy

    by FrankieLove

    If ya want, I can pick you up some poster kinda cheap I can get ya the A & B teasers for about $50. Let me know bro. You can try that shit on me with the sleeping pills, but you wont have any luck, sleeping pills don't work on me, I've been down that road before. I will be more than happy to take a picture with you though and you can put it up on your myspace page and entitle it "Me with God"

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:29 p.m. CST

    We don't Know...

    by Maximixedone

    He might have accidently overdosed. He might have had a heart attack as a reaction to the pills. Too much is unknown. We don't know if it was suicide or if he even had a drug problem. We shouldn't job to conclusions till the autopsy report and for the love of all that is good. We must learn from this and not judge people we don't know. We have only a tiny fraction of information on the poor man. Let's remember he was an man, a father, a lover, and most inportantly human and flawed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Accidental or Intentional isn't the point people

    by FookU

    Whatever happened none of us has the right to judge him on either count. I'm no religious zealot hell I don't even go to church but one thing religion has right is you have no right to judge someone else as if you are above them. People make mistakes that end their life. Have some morals and show some sympathy for the departed and their family and friends. I never realized how many assholes there were in the world until the internet gave them the anonymity to say things they'd never have the nads to say to people face to face.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Could playing the joker

    by moviesaintwhattheyusedtobe

    Maybe it got into his psyche and fucked him all up.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:31 p.m. CST

    My Condolences

    by Colier Rannd

    To his friends and family, especially his little girl. In true Aussie fashion, we should all raise a toast for whatever drink u prefer.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:32 p.m. CST

    why?

    by Whitemouse

    that's it, just why?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:32 p.m. CST

    The Dark Knight will be creepy now...

    by Sulla

    My take on the trailer has always been a very "creepy" Joker, even more than you would expect. But now, after this terrible, terrible news, I think it will be downright powerful. Rest in peace my friend, you'll be missed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    a look into the future

    by Nerv31

    So now what? We are all looking forward to TDK, most likely they will be able to get that out. But what about the third film? Write the Joker out of it by placing him in Arkham? Find a new actor? After all that has been said about his performance by the cast and crew, I doubt they are going to try and recast the part. Thoughts? And yea, life sucks most of the time. People make choices and accidents happen, however it ends up, it still sucks it had to happen.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Tragic? Yes. Cruel? That remains to be seen.

    by zacdilone

    "the cruel fucking fate of the world that would take an actor at his absolute prime" I understand your grief, Harry, but if this was in any way due to drug use or even suicide as some are speculating, then it has nothing to do with cruelty or fate. We make our choices, and if his death is due to choices he made (I'm not saying it was, but just if it was), then you can't blame the fates for this one.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:34 p.m. CST

    I REMEMBER...

    by BurgerTime

    ...reading an article about how Ledger prepared for his role as the Joker: <p> http://tinyurl.com/2mcvqm <p> Apparently he locked himself away for a month, trying to "find" the character. It seems awful to think about it now, but might have that preparation put him in an emotionally or psychologically unstable state? <p> The weight of that role, the nature of the character he had to inhabit for months on end, coupled with the breakup he was going through with his wife might, just might, have been too much to bear. <p> Of course, we'll never know. But the Joker is such a dark character that would take anyone (aside from Jack Nicholson) to such sinister places, it's not inconceivable that it might have been a factor. <p> So sad. :(

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST

    It'd suck, but they could always replace the actor

    by chrth

    I mean, they re-cast Dumbledore when Richard Harris died, and Nolan recast the love interest in TDK when Katie Holmes died.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:36 p.m. CST

    this is unbelievable

    by rikazodrac

    i know that theres that old adage that celebrities die in threes but why heath ledger. he was an awesome actor and like most of us, i had reservations about him playing the joker,until i saw the trailer.his take looked awesome,and he will be sorely missed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Some of you have sunk to new lows

    by liljuniorbrown

    Just because we are paying respects to someone who has entertained us over the years dosn't mean we claimed to know him or that we are saying we are going to have a horrible life from now on. What a bunch of pussies you are,posting shit about someone who just died so that you can say you stired up some shit today. Here's what you can do to stir up shit tomorrow ,W3bzpinn3r, you and your fellow jack ass posters like thatdudewalter can go sit outside your local funeral home and tell the family members gathered to remember there loved one's that they are burning in hell or that they don't really matter to anyone else . What? That would be wrong? It's just as wrong to say it here,the reason you wouldn't do it in person is because you would get the shit beat out of you. Way to be real men. If the guy didn't matter and you don't care why post? The only reason you post is to stir it up and to try and piss folks off. You can go to bed proud tonight,you've actualy pissed a few people off for like two minutes of there day. Good luck with it in the future fucktards.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Sad news.....

    by closeencounter

    Truly a great actor with a promising career. None of us know all the facts just yet, but if this was suicide, then it's sadder still that he didn't get some help. Condolences to all his family, especially the little girl. R.I.P. Heath.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Hey, Guy whose name is too fucking long...

    by wonderllama

    Cram it buddy. You come from a country where people think with their fucking guns and NEED to escape from their lives with drugs! So before you bitch to me about where I might actually come from, have a good fucking look at your society then tell me you live in a great place. I'm generalising for sure, but if you wanna generalise about Australian's you think we all drink beer all day and ride kangaroos...I know which stereotype I'd rather have!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Completely and utterly shocking

    by ewokstew

    28 years old....sad. Very sad. Not just for him, but as other talkbackers said, his little daughter and other family he has left behind. ...sigh...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Awful

    by onephatnelly

    I'm in shock. I don't know what else to say.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:40 p.m. CST

    ...

    by chook chutney

    ...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:42 p.m. CST

    accidental maybe?

    by FamousEccles

    perhaps I'm being naive but it could have been unintentional. I recall a recent interview where Ledger admitted playing Joker affected his sleep even with his prescribed medication.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:42 p.m. CST

    liljuniorbrown, how long have you been here?

    by Orionsangels

    I've been here ten years. I'm not about to defend some of these talkback bastards, lord knows i'm no saint. But you act surprised. I always expect tasteless comments from talkbacks. you just get used to it. It's never gonna go away. just ignore assholes.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Jett

    by 5 by 5

    That wasn't funny.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:42 p.m. CST

    I'll miss you Heath

    by tme2nsb

    I hope your replacement for The Dark Knight Returns will do you justice.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:44 p.m. CST

    UPDATE: PNEUMONIA KILLED HIM

    by tme2nsb

    TMZ has been contacted by a rep from Heath's family.<br> The cops told the family Heath's death was accidental and there is no evidence to support the buzz that he may have committed suicide.<p> They are particularly distraught over media reports that he may have taken his own life. The family says he was not that kind of person.<p> As we just reported, Heath was ill with pneumonia when he died.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Sad

    by barry convex

    Heath will never get to see Moriarty's Cloverfield review.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Blow it out your ass wonderllama

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    You guys still ban movies from being released over there, what kind of primitive behavior is that nowadays? I'm finding it a little hard to believe no one has ever shot anyone or did drugs to escape their mundane fucking pointless life in Australia. I saw The Proposition and people got shot.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:45 p.m. CST

    What! I can't believe it!

    by kirttrik

    That is simply awful, and it's true. Just a complete tragedy.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Suicide, fates, don't matter

    by CaptainBitchway

    It's still sad and it still fucking sucks. I also disagree that because it's suicide that it's not the "fates" that took him. I don't believe that people who commit suicide have complete control over themselves. Yeah, you bought those pills, but it's the circumstances around you that brought you to that state. It could happen to any one of us. It just takes one shitty ass day to do it.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:46 p.m. CST

    The price of fame...

    by v1

    is way to much for many. Obviously we do not, and probably never will, know the full story but it's very sad. Sad that he reached the point in his life that this was the best option. It's sad that his child will have to grow up with this over her. <p> Just plain sad...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:47 p.m. CST

    UPDATE: PNEUMONIA KILLED HIM

    by tme2nsb

    TMZ has been contacted by a rep from Heath's family. The cops told the family Heath's death was accidental and there is no evidence to support the buzz that he may have committed suicide.<P> They are particularly distraught over media reports that he may have taken his own life. The family says he was not that kind of person.<P> As we just reported, Heath was ill with pneumonia when he died.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:47 p.m. CST

    UPDATE: PNEUMONIA KILLED HIM

    by tme2nsb

    TMZ has been contacted by a rep from Heath's family. The cops told the family Heath's death was accidental and there is no evidence to support the buzz that he may have committed suicide.<P> They are particularly distraught over media reports that he may have taken his own life. The family says he was not that kind of person.<P> As we just reported, Heath was ill with pneumonia when he died.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:47 p.m. CST

    UPDATE: PNEUMONIA KILLED HIM

    by tme2nsb

    TMZ has been contacted by a rep from Heath's family. The cops told the family Heath's death was accidental and there is no evidence to support the buzz that he may have committed suicide.<P> They are particularly distraught over media reports that he may have taken his own life. The family says he was not that kind of person.<P> As we just reported, Heath was ill with pneumonia when he died.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:47 p.m. CST

    UPDATE: PNEUMONIA KILLED HIM

    by tme2nsb

    TMZ has been contacted by a rep from Heath's family. The cops told the family Heath's death was accidental and there is no evidence to support the buzz that he may have committed suicide.<P> They are particularly distraught over media reports that he may have taken his own life. The family says he was not that kind of person.<P> As we just reported, Heath was ill with pneumonia when he died.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    UPDATE: PNEUMONIA KILLED HIM

    by tme2nsb

    TMZ has been contacted by a rep from Heath's family. The cops told the family Heath's death was accidental and there is no evidence to support the buzz that he may have committed suicide.<P> They are particularly distraught over media reports that he may have taken his own life. The family says he was not that kind of person.<P> As we just reported, Heath was ill with pneumonia when he died.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    UPDATE: PNEUMONIA KILLED HIM

    by tme2nsb

    TMZ has been contacted by a rep from Heath's family. The cops told the family Heath's death was accidental and there is no evidence to support the buzz that he may have committed suicide.<P> They are particularly distraught over media reports that he may have taken his own life. The family says he was not that kind of person.<P> As we just reported, Heath was ill with pneumonia when he died.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Now they're saying he had pneumonia

    by CherryValance

    So maybe he mixed over the counter medicine with prescription medicine? I don't know. And his family put out a statement that he didn't kill himself. It's a shame they have to do that a few hours after he died.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Let's try to not make jokes on this forum.

    by kirttrik

    I, a dumb ass like most of you, hope no one takes cheap shots on this one. It's a real shame.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Site issues?

    by tme2nsb

    What the fuck is going on with the website? I didn't mean to do all of those posts.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Terrible news man. There are just no fucking words

    by Live.

    RIP to young actor with a great future ahead of him.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:50 p.m. CST

    It had to happen sooner or later...

    by Kid Z

    ... Generation Y now has its River Phoenix. Wonder who their Cobaine will be?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:50 p.m. CST

    to all you "burn in hell" or "i hope he knew Jesus", or "he dese

    by damagedinc

    ...give the dude and his family a break. Depression is a mysterious thing and just because you might be somebody who can shrug off whatever the world throws at you doesn't make you a better person. Some of the folks who've been posting on this have been just plain heartless and it'd be something to see you saying the same thing if you're brother or a spouse killed themselves. As far as Christians are concerned, even if you mean well, saying that someone is going to hell or even wishing he knew Jesus helps absolutely no one. You're not somehow better by being a Christian and to be redeemed is not to be perfect. You don't remotely have the right to talk about this stuff like it belongs to you or like it's your place to say it. If you're of the Christian stripe than praying for all involved would be a much more positive thing you could do.....That all said, and even though I'll be one post in a thousand saying the above and I don't mean to sound like a jerk, I'm pretty bummed out about this. I could tell the guy was talented the first time I was forced to see "10 Things I Hate About You" and I thought he was the best choice to play the Joker. I wish there was something more that the fans could do...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:51 p.m. CST

    I know this sounds horrible

    by moondoggy2u

    but I really do hope it was pneumonia. I'm very familiar with the pain involved with those who contemplate suicide, and I truly hope he died clean and without all the heartache.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:52 p.m. CST

    This is very sad news... but.

    by Fleet

    ....It's not like you knew the guy - Any closeness or sadness felt is only an act of transference because you are a fan of his movies... You're upset about losing the actor, not a close personal friend... People die every day, and if we had this reaction for all of them we'd be permanantly popping valium to calm ourselves down... Yes, it's sad that such an amazing actor was taken at 26years of age... But ease up, people... Yes, it's sad (being an australian myself) that we've lost another Australian Icon... But all this "shocking" and "close to tears" stuff is a little much, don't you think? The large majority of you knew the man on the screen... Save the mourning for people who actually knew him personally - It's sad enough for them without the fan-boys wanting to come along for the ride...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:52 p.m. CST

    wtf??

    by wonderllama

    We don't ban movies here, you're probably thinking of some other country you've never heard of or know anything about. That would make...about 180 odd? Pull your head out of your sphincter mate, The Proposition was set in the 19th Century...AFTER your country wrote its gun laws I believe.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:53 p.m. CST

    RIP HEATH

    by solomonkane

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Heath is definitely one of the most exciting and versatile actors to come around in at least 20 years. Brad Renfro and now this. Horrible.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Holy Shit!

    by LaserPants

    RIP. Wow, this really sucks. Hope THE DARK KNIGHT is finished. I guess its kinda cool to go out on a high note, but, dang, that really sucks. RIP and all that.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Sad, but not a lot of sympathy

    by Kraaken

    The dude had it all, and it wasn't enough. And the fact that he didn't have enough love to stay clean for his daughter? Where were his friends? If he was sick, who was looking out for him? Answer - certainly not the usual sycophant entourage wannabes who were probably surrounding and enabling him. Sad. Sad.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:55 p.m. CST

    It looks like the man really was fearless.

    by JAGUART

    This is very sad news.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Don't jump to conclusions

    by Jack Parsons

    There were pills scattered around him. Doesn't mean he took them; and if he took pills, why were some on the floor - they should have been in him, not on the floor, no? Could be the pills that killed him, yes -- but he also could have had a heart attack with a pill bottle in his hand, and dropped it in his distress. Let the autopsy tell the tale.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:56 p.m. CST

    What's up with the "Joker Killed Him" business?

    by 300 monkeys

    the small number of posters pushing the "was it the darkness of the role, was it becoming The Joker?" - are you guys like 12 years old or what? Some medical condition or drug(s) killed him, not your FICTIONAL criminal. This kind of talk is almost as offensive as the flaming moral high-horses out to kick the guy while he's still warm.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:57 p.m. CST

    For Those..

    by Rando Calrisian

    For those who say "he's going to Hell if it is suicide" or "Suicide is the most selfish thing a person can do..." or "He deserves what he got." <br> <br> You obviously don't know the pain a loved one goes through after hearing about the suicide of a family member or friend. <br> <br> Take a minute to think about what you write in front of thousands of fellow Internet users that are reading your words. I guarantee if someone you knew was found dead, you wouldn't be saying they deserved what they got. <br> <br> For those that say "why are you worried about the fate of a movie? <br> <br> Heath Ledger was an actor that most of us only know from his body of work. I think most of us would agree that Heath Ledger was a talented actor that chose interesting projects. It is only natural to wonder what will become of his most anticipated film to date. While he may have been working on the Gilliam movie, TDK may well be his final full performance. I think it is valid to wonder if his part was completed. I kind of doubt it was - sound mixing and ADR often go on right up until the film is released. I guarantee that Warner Bros is scrambling right now to discover the implications of this. I for one feel watching TDK will be a very difficult, surreal experience. <br> <br> For those who feel the need to make sick jokes about the death of someone you don't know, try to imagine for a moment that you did know them, and you will never get the chance to say goodbye to your friend, your husband, your wife, your son or daughter… <br> <br> Show a little respect. Reading threads like this make me wonder if the immediacy of the Internet is going to be the downfall of our society. Be thankful that you are not close to someone that is under the scrutiny of an Internet Talkback, and that you can’t log on to read the comments that some of you have posted in the last two hours about their death. You aren’t funny. <br> <br> Rest In Peace, Heath.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Warner Bros.

    by landster

    Has issued the following statement "The studio is stunned and devastated by this tragic news. The entertainment community has lost an enormous talent. Heath was a brilliant actor and an exceptional person. Our hearts go out to his family and friends." My deepest condolences to his family and friends. We'll miss you

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:58 p.m. CST

    pneumonia from choking on vomit

    by krycek08

    same as anna nicole smith. the pills cause vomit to go into the lungs causing infection. see this all the time with drug overdoses.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Heath

    by Wrath4771

    Heath was a terrific actor. Any film he appeared in was always going to be worth the price of admission. However, that is all meaningless now and I can't help but feel sorrow for his daughter who will grow up without her father. Peace and strength to Heath's family and friends.

  • "He told The New York Times in a November interview that he had trouble sleeping while portraying the Joker, whom he called a "psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy."

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Why Heath?

    by blinkingfist

    So Britney Spears gets to go out and get wasted, neglect her children, produce off entertainment, and destory her life yet she gets to walk on this earth? Heath a father, a man who was probably sick with depression, pneumonia, or something else (because this obviously seems accidental) leaves us? This man is an amazing actor who created amazing characters. He gave his entire physical and mental strength to create these amazing charcters. I hope his family knows that many of us appreciate the art he created. No i'm not saying i wish death on Britney Spears. I'm just saying this world takes the good people away from us too fast.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Father Death speaks in sorrow...

    by BadWaldosRevenge

    Wow, this is unexpected. First Brad Renfro, now Heath Ledger. We got too many "live fast, die young" martyrs like James Dean, my idol. I will be wearing a sign on the back of my backpack that says "Rest in peace, Heath Ledger, You were wonderful in Brockeback Mountain" at Sundance. Ex-wife Michelle Williams is at Sundance FF? My condolences. This is sad news, indeed. The ending of the film "The Dark Knight" will say "Dedicated to Heath Ledger, 1979-2008". Michelle Williams and daughter Matilda will have good lives ahead of them after Heath's passing. I first saw Heather in "Ten Things I Hate About You" and he was pretty cool in that movie. RIP.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:04 p.m. CST

    i choose to believe...

    by rikazodrac

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:06 p.m. CST

    I just heard this and it's crushing.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    I am just in total disbelief right now. I literally just read this and I am really just in total shock. This sucks so much. That guy had so much talent. Truly a HUGE HUGE loss.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Too Sad

    by Evil Chicken

    Too Soon. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Sorry to hear this.

    by mrfan

    He was a very good actor. Sorry to see such a talent go so early. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.<p>Find it funny how many retards are worried about a film. Don't worry. Your precious film will be released on time.<p>It will be interesting to see what the cause of death is. You hear so many things whether it be a website or the watching the news. Oh, and by the way, he wasn't married. For all the die hard Heath fans I figured you would know that.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:07 p.m. CST

    i choose to believe...

    by rikazodrac

    it was pneumonia.he knew what he was doing when he chose the joker role. he seemed like a smart guy,and was looking forward to a long career in the business r.i.p. heath

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:07 p.m. CST

    pnuemonia

    by joevfx

    what 28 year old dies on pnuemonia? i knwo young kids and old people but 28? plus i read soemwhere that he was in one of the Olsen twins apartments? what was he doin there waiting for a massage and taking sleeping pills? if he had pnuemonia why be at a firends house waiting for a massage? soemthing is fishy about this story.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST

    A sad day.

    by DamnMichaelBay

    Piss on the theories that are flying around, this is a sad day.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST

    This is a Dark Night

    by StarFoxIV

    "God save you, if it is right that he should do so."

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Jesus.........

    by eXcommunicated

    ..... he and I are (were) the same age. 29. I look at my life and I haven't accomplished shit. Heath, Heath went from being a teen idol poster boy to an incredibly respected character actor. How can I go see The Dark Knight now without tearing up? Please let this all be a joke.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:09 p.m. CST

    First offf

    by tme2nsb

    He was in the same building as an Olsen twin - not in the apartment. Secondly, he was found on his bed, clothed completely, and pills falling everywhere is possible if you have a pill bottle in your hand and you die. Pneumonia is the most likely thing, as I've known young people dying all the time from it.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:10 p.m. CST

    What a sad state of affairs.

    by Yeti

    Certainly darkens "the Dark Knight" doesn't it?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Oh and ...

    by DamnMichaelBay

    For the fundies who say he's now going to burn for the next trillion years in hell... fuck you you psychopathic sick fucks. Your God should be dragged out and shot.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:11 p.m. CST

    My suggestion is...

    by Fleet

    ...How about you don't listen to ridiculous allegations until an official report is released? Pills... Olsen Twins... Pnuemonia... It will save you all a world of unneccessary worry and confusion (which, to be honest, I still think is unwarranted from fanboys anyway...)

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:12 p.m. CST

    plus..

    by joevfx

    how do they know he died of pnuemonia? his autopsy isnt till tomorrow.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Exactly DamnMichaelBay

    by 5 by 5

    Piss on the damn theories. This IS a sad day. We don't know what happened, so everybody who's jumping the gun knock it off.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:14 p.m. CST

    You'd be surprised how many young adults die of pneumonia

    by chrth

    I remember a Z100 DJ dying back in the 80s of it. He was like 26.<p> What happens with pneumonia is that young, healthy people think it's just a cold or a flu or something they can deal with on their own, so they don't get it checked out by a doctor. By the time they can no longer breathe right, it's too late.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Not the pills?

    by Mace Tofu

    FTW: "3 million people develop pneumonia each year in the United States. Although most of these people recover, approximately 5% will die from pneumonia. Pneumonia is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States." If he has this "bug" he had a 5% chance of death pills or no pills. Guess we should back off the "drugs did it for now" as it could of been the bug-organisms enter the lungs, they usually settle in the air sacs of the lung where they rapidly grow in number. This area of the lung then becomes filled with fluid and pus as the body attempts to fight off the infection. : (

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Even after having seen most of his films

    by CherryValance

    I keep picturing this television appearance of his on the Ellen show. It was really silly. They were pretending to be in a sled or something. It was really cute. That image has been popping into my head all evening.</p> You know I really liked 'The Four Feathers'. I don't know if many people saw it. But I thought it was great. :)

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:16 p.m. CST

    tme2nsb

    by joevfx

    i dotn knwo where u are reading this, but everywher ei read said he was found in "A" apartment not "his" apartment, and they found him fully nude. "Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday at a downtown Manhattan apartment, naked in bed with sleeping pills nearby, police said. " from yahoo news.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Very sad!

    by jimbubble

    But at least he`s going out with a Bang! So many shitty actors should have gone before him,but hey that`s life people die...get the fxck on with it! He was no Olivier for fxcks sake! getback to fxcking each other up the arse over clover..fxcking ...field!!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:17 p.m. CST

    I guess this means Joker dies at the end of Batman

    by Jesus of Suburbia

    because I'll be damned if someone else is gonna try to emulate Ledger's performance down the line

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:17 p.m. CST

    A damned shame...

    by morGoth

    ...how sad to be gone so soon and with so much promise in life. Enjoyed everything I ever saw him in. Deepest sympathy to his loved ones. God bless ya Heath...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:17 p.m. CST

    If he had pick up shots left for Batman

    by I Dunno

    It would really be a tragedy.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:17 p.m. CST

    A Punch in the Gut

    by darquelyte

    I literally almost drove off the road when the breaking news came on while I was listening to Sirius Radio. It took my breath away. I was a huge fan of Heath's, and my first thought was of his young daughter. People are speculating that it was an overdose of sleeping pills, accidental or otherwise. Now comes word that he had pneumonia and perhaps there was a bad mix of medications ala Anna Nicole's son. No movie had me more excited than TDK. When Heath was first cast, I thought, wow, interesting choice. I never would have thought of him, but now I can't see anyone else doing it. He was a gifted actor and what I've seen and heard of his performance is that this was a star turn for him. I feel like someone told me a kid I was a camp counselor too had just died. I've followed his career and felt that he was one of the best actors of his generation and would become a Hollywood legend in his own right. I just absolutely feel horrible for his daughter, his ex, and his family. And to the fucktard who complained about soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan...dude, they talk about the death of soldiers.every.fricking.day. It gets numbing, but I feel for them every day. Every day I say a prayer on their behalf whether or not there's anyone there to hear it. This is something unexpected and tragic. He had a young daughter, and a career making moment was on the horizon. It is unexpected, unlike River Phoenix who was neither as talented, nor had a child. This is far worse. Britney, Winehouse, Hilton, Lohan, any of them would be sad but not out of the blue. No matter if accidental or on purpose a seemingly very good guy, good actor, and a father is gone much much much too soon. My condolences to all who knew and cared for him. RIP Heath, you will be missed. ~ÐL

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:19 p.m. CST

    I refuse to be sad about TDK

    by Grendel745

    I was never a big fan of Heath, but didn't intrinsically hate him either. I admire the fact that he veered away from the easy teen idol career and took roles that broadened his range. When I go to see TDK I do expect to see a brilliant portrayl of the Joker based on what we've seen and heard. I will view it as his crowning achievement, and although somewhat saddened by the news of his death I can look at the growth from Roar to TDK and see what he accomplished in his career in such a short time. I feel for his daughter and the rest of his family and I can only hope that the media gives the space they need.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:19 p.m. CST

    amy winehouse alive, Heath dead..

    by ironic_name

    fuck that shit

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:20 p.m. CST

    JESUS CHRIST. PNEUMONIA?

    by BringingSexyBack

    Had no idea it could do that.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:22 p.m. CST

    300 monkeys

    by BurgerTime

    None of made it up. He said it, dude. Relax a bit. It came from his own lips. Here's some copy from an article in the Toronto Star, quoting a November article in the NY Times: <p> Ledger told The New York Times in a November interview that he ``stressed out a little too much" during the Dylan film, and had trouble sleeping while portraying the Joker, whom he called a ``psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy.'' <p> "Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night,'' Ledger told the Times. "I couldn't stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going." He said he took two Ambien pills, which only worked for an hour, the paper said. <p> That kind of shit will mess with your mind and body. And if you can't handle it, it'll break you down. <p> The REALLY sad thing is that, eveidently, there was no one around to see the signs and pull him back from the edge. He literally and figuratively was alone when he passed. Very sad.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:23 p.m. CST

    he did have pick up shots..

    by joevfx

    i have a friend working on the Post for the movie right now

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:23 p.m. CST

    R.I.P.

    by Eaglet1138

    One of my favorite young actors. I looked forward to every role he stepped into.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Oh sorry!

    by jimbubble

    He has kids too,what a selfish prick! Unless it was a total accident,then I have no sympathy! You DO NOT leave your kids alone in this world without a father1 Selfish,coward!!!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Jesus Christ

    by theremustbeCHAOS

    some of you people are downright assholes. Why do have to jump to conclusions so fucking fast. And even if he did OD, or kill himself who are you to judge. You know nothing about about him except whats been put up on the screen. And I have a lot of sympathy for people who I've know who have committed suicide or had a drug problem. Shit happens to people, even people that seem like they have everything, that could send them down a path that is very hard to get off of.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Heartless comparing Winehouse and Spears to Ledger...

    by Fleet

    ...Everyone has their own problems and issues - To ask the world why Ledger had to die instead of someone like Winehouse is heartless and pointless... You have no idea about the circumstances of his death - What if it WAS a drug overdose? Would your comparisons to Winehouse be accurate then? How fucking immature of you all... Perhaps Ledger was just better at keeping his skeletons in his closet... You have absolutely no idea...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Judgement

    by apersonofinterest

    I wasn't a huge fan of Heath Ledger. I thought he was a horrible choice for the Joker when it was first announced but after seeing his performance in the trailers I was surprised at how good he was. My condolences go out to his family and daughter and it sickens and saddens me that some of you are passing judgement on the guy when you don't know all the facts. Depression and Drug Addiction are in many ways beyond the control of the person afflicted. No one sets out to be addicted to drugs, it is a painful process that you slowly sink into over time and before you know it, you are in over your head. Often times, it is the result of depression. Heath has been through alot this past year and I can tell you from experience that a break up with kids involved is a tough thing to deal with. But again, we don't know all the facts and it may very well turn out that it was accidental. I found this quote from Heath and I think it sums up the commentary on this website quite nicely. “People always feel compelled to sum you up, to presume that they have you and describe you,” Mr. Ledger told The New York Times in an interview last year. “But there are many stories inside of me and a lot I want to achieve outside of one flat note.” RIP Heath.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:27 p.m. CST

    I'm not sad...I'm MAD as HELL at Heath Ledger

    by Token

    Sorry gang, but I've had it with people throwing their lives away with drugs...I'm just completely absolutely fed up with it. I don't give a shit about your demons or pained life....if you take drugs of any kind except under a doctor's care to medicate your pains away, you are a loser that deserves no sympathy at all. My sympathy is reserved for the people you hurt with your cowardice and weakness. I really liked Heath Ledger...I thought he has as much promise as any actor his age and stage of career. Talk about throwing the world away...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Rest in Peace Heath Ledger

    by TheMcflyFarm

    rest in peace

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:29 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry

    by 5 by 5

    Token... do you know something we don't? You dipshit, reserve judgment until we know what the fuck is going on.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:30 p.m. CST

    by CherryValance

    this is that interview I mentioned: http://tinyurl.com/2wqrgc

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST

    ironic_name

    by jimbubble

    Could not agree with you more! Talentless cockney fxckwit vs The Joker!!! MMMMMMMM I know who I want in a box!! I`m typing this shit,because I`m pissed off! Talentless pieces of garbage go on to have great careers with ZERO talent,and great actors/actresses/performers all go and die young! THat`s shit,a big curling hunk of it!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Batman always wins. . .

    by s0beurself

    Too soon?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Token

    by Skin26

    Dont take drug abuse and a drug overdose that may be accidental and confuse them bro I lost ma brother to the horrors of drugs and i was mad as hell with him but addicts are sick and they really cant stop themselves I tried reasoning and all the tricks in the book to help him but he just couldnt do without them People who try them for the first time are in two camps 1. Wannabes who want to be "it" 2. Deeply unhappy people

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST

    this is a disturbing scene from he Imaginarium of Doctor Parnass

    by livingwater

    http://tinyurl.com/yp2qsy I can't imagine this being used. What a tragedy. The only question is why ?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:33 p.m. CST

    RIP Heath,,,

    by genro

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:33 p.m. CST

    ginrei724, too stupid to breath

    by 5 by 5

    You cock-breath we don't know what he died of yet. The topic isn't that he died of drugs to dumbass, it's that he DIED.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Jimbubble

    by Skin26

    Cmon,I loathe winehouse and her "hardman" bfs antics as much as the next man but she IS talented

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:37 p.m. CST

    HE WAS NOT NAKED

    by tme2nsb

    So many conflicting reports. Thank got for TMZ - as the cops have specially said he was NOT NAKED WHEN HE WAS FOUND DEAD. Apparently he was dead for for a while before he was found

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Eight hundred twentieth!

    by thebearovingian

    This is one of those shocking stories that doesn't really seem real yet.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Also

    by tme2nsb

    Now official police reports are saying pills WERE NOT FOUND ON THE FLOOR, they were on a nightstand, that is it. Thank goodness for TMZ. They have full up-to-the minute reports on what's going on.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Sad News

    by chnyst

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and fans.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST

    RIP Heath Ledger....

    by J-Dizzle

    I've only seen the trailer, but I know the Joker was yours, and always will be yours. We were robbed of a future Hollywood giant.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Skin26 - Agreed

    by Fleet

    ....If this Forum is going to stumble into a talkback on who "deserves" to die more, then you guys are completely fucked... Who the fuck are ANY of you to sit there and judge something like that, let alone who has talent and who doesnt...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST

    http://www.tmz.com/2008/01/22/how-heaths-body-was-discovered/

    by tme2nsb

    Remove the spaces, as always. I will post updates here as they develop.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Skin26

    by jimbubble

    Used to be,used to be! Until of course the music or her junky scumbag,criminal husband gets a hold of her. The musi business died a death a long long time ago and if the music business in the UK gets a hold of you,your fxcked! NO TALENT HERE anymore :(!!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:42 p.m. CST

    HOLY. FRIGGIN'. SHIT.

    by jimmy rabbitte

    ...I cannot believe this...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:42 p.m. CST

    the best way to remember him

    by stephen brown

    is by rewatching his films ..... the best ? Two hands - Aussie film with Rose Byrne based in the seedy part of Sydney. fkn brilliant film. He will be missed. RIP heath

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Why not Britney or Amy Winehouse?

    by tme2nsb

    That's what I want to know - they are more deserving of death.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:43 p.m. CST

    LIVINGWATER

    by BurgerTime

    Okay, I'll admit that many of you are correct in saying it's far too early to speculate on what brought him to an early death. <p> But our opinions are defendable, whether you agree with the timeliness or not, because some of us are shocked and just trying to find meaning and reason for a senesless, tragic passing. Fuck whether we "knew him" or not. That's not the point. We feel some kind of loss. <p> But THAT was fucking tastless man. Shame on you. I'm so outta here.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Heath... RIP

    by mappy

    I've been a regular visitor of this site for many years, only tonight have I felt obliged to register and add a comment. Heath Ledger was a great actor, on many levels, I'm shocked at his death. He will be missed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Amy Winehouse Will Be Dead Within The Year

    by LaserPants

    How much ya wanna bet? I love her music and car crash antics though, so, I'm not cheering.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:47 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by joeypants

    Im genuinely shocked by this. Just terrible. RIP.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Four Feathers

    by buffywrestling

    Yeah, CV, I liked that one too. He was in a lot of movies I thought were okay but aren't getting as much press. Brothers Grimm is another... <p> Chrth made a point re: building up immunity. Happens to wrestlers all the time who are on the gas. They take roids until they hit this very high wall of tolerence. They go off them for awhile but when they hop back on to firm up, they take the same amount they last finished with....which kills them. Because their tolerance has dropped during the period they were not doing drugs.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:50 p.m. CST

    and what makes TMZ..

    by joevfx

    right and every other place wrong?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Always in threes.....

    by Kentucky Colonel

    First it was Suzanne P (Newhart's wife) then Allan Melvin (Sam the Butcher) and now Heath. To quote Wendy the Retard...GOD FUCKING DAMNIT!!!!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:54 p.m. CST

    final photos from the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnass

    by livingwater

    http://justjared.buzznet.com/2008/01/20/heath-ledger-clown/

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:54 p.m. CST

    he was having sleeping problems

    by zooch

    he could have easily accidentally taken too many. I doubt it was pneumonia though, because if that condition got worse most would have seen a doctor.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:54 p.m. CST

    What's great about TMZ

    by tme2nsb

    They're very good with up to the minute information as they have EYES and EARS everywhere. Thats' all I am saying.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Shame on you

    by Homer Goes DOH

    Don't be so quick to judge until the autopsy's in. This is freakin' tragic. I ran into him on the Disney lot right after "Brokeback" came out (he was visiting a friend). Only talked to him for about five minutes, but seemed like a hella nice guy. Didn't get an autograph or picture or anything, damn it -- trying to be cool, ya know? Wish I'd been less cool. RIP, man.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:55 p.m. CST

    DAMN...

    by Epsilon

    Why couldn't it have been Britney instead? I mean, spare her family and her kids. Poor Heath. I truly hate it for his family. If it was accidental its absolutely tragic. If it was suicide, then he should have sought counseling. This hits home with me because Heath was 28...same age as me. So sad.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:56 p.m. CST

    The Crow

    by AdrianW

    Regardless of who they are, for anybody to die so young is a tragedy - regardless of what really happened (something I'm sure we'll never really understand) it should never be permitted. My thoughts go to Heath's family, and close friends, and especially to his daughter. As an avid Batman fan I was very excited by Heath's appearance in The Dark Knight trailer, and now I feel this will put a tragic "The Crow" feel to this new movie. While I hope it will be the epic we all wish for, it will be sad to see a talent which will no longer be there to entertain us in the future. RIP Heath, and thank you.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:56 p.m. CST

    deliciouscowbell

    by Scrolly

    Yes, he got pissed off. No, he didn't cry.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:56 p.m. CST

    actually

    by joevfx

    even TMZ says he was found naked, just not naked on the floor, but naked in his bed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Tme2nsb

    by Skin26

    Are TMZ paying you for name dropping? Bet you have a bulge in your pants everytime the names mentioned Its a site for parasites !!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:57 p.m. CST

    The flamers here could only wish somebody would notice

    by BringingSexyBack

    when they pass away. Anyone who treats this as an opportunity to crack lame non-jokes and make morbid remarks has some serious emptiness in their own lives. And yes, if you respond to this post defensively, you're affirming your pathetic existence.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:57 p.m. CST

    ONE OF AUSTRALIAS BEST EXPORTS

    by stephen brown

    I wonder if funeral will be in Perth or the US.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Bad for marketing? More Batman emphasis perhaps

    by mothandrust

    So how do we have fun with the character? How are they publicists going to hype this movie now with Heath images that induce mourning and sadness? Maybe Bale's Batman will now be the focus of the advertising.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:58 p.m. CST

    BSB: I want no one to notice when I die

    by chrth

    Because everyone else will be dead already! MWAHAHAHAHAHA!<p> Ahem, sorry about that

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:58 p.m. CST

    ALSO, TMZ IS FROM THE BOWELS OF HELL

    by Epsilon

    That shit is crazy. Heath was found at Mary-Kate's apartment. Wait, no he wasn't. Heath committed suicide. Wait, no, his death was fro pneumonia. Heath was found on the floor. Wait, no, he was on the bed. Heath was killed by one of those little critters from Cloverfield. Oh no, wait, this just in, he wasn't. Maybe. We're not sure. But we promise to report every single possibility as fact. Until we change it, 25 minutes later. So check our site a lot. TMZ gotta eat!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Drugs are Good

    by apersonofinterest

    Bill Hicks (RIP) had a very good point regarding drug usage and artistic talent. So for those of you who do not understand this connection, that's probably because you are a no talent, soul-less, useless, tasteless waste of space that probably spends all of your time trying to figure out how to spoil the party for everyone else. Drugs serve the dual purpose of spurring creativity and making it easier to deal with fuckheads like you that made them feel like outcasts because they were a little different in school. Enjoy some Bill Hicks..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J10w3FuCwfQ&feature=related

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8 p.m. CST

    bringingsexyback

    by joevfx

    ummm people die every single day, tell me why this is more important?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Burgertime

    by livingwater

    It's called ART. That is why you are talking about him and not someone else who OD'D. If he wanted your judgment he would not have filmed such scenes. Get real. Complain to Gilliam for being a great film maker. Complain to Warner Brothers for portraying him as a murderer. Shame on your hypocrisy. The irony is of course, a few months before his possible suicide, he filmed a disturbing suicide scene. THAT is the point. If you dont like the reality of film making, shame on you.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:03 p.m. CST

    joevfx

    by Scrolly

    It's not that it is MORE important. It is somebody whos work many of us admired. It is sad that such a great talent is gone.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:04 p.m. CST

    All you heartless fucks making jokes. You will suffer.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Karma is a real bitch. You soulless fucks who are making fun of this terrible news will be paid back in spades and the joke will be on you. A man died who was a friend to many, a son and the father of a child. It sickens me that the fucking trolls on this site can't take one moment to be human and just be real for a brief moment in time. This news sucks. It's not funny and it's really heartless of you arrogant self loathing pieces of shit to come on here and disgrace the man's name in the way you are. Fucking die.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Drugs: Not Victimless

    by farstar99

    His family loses him, the world loses a talented actor and a really nice guy. He'd been struggling for a long time with this. I lost a friend last year, not because he died, but because I kicked his butt and shamed him until he went into rehab. He no longer speaks to me, but his wife sent me a Christmas card this year thanking me. I miss him, but I'd do it again. Will he stay sober? Maybe not. But don't ever tell me illegal drugs are a victimless crime.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:07 p.m. CST

    BURGERTIME

    by livingwater

    ....or shame on him for filming it ? or shame on you for shaming the dead ? or shame on him for OD'ing ? ..... when does reality enter into your condescending, life asphyxiating, shame game ? Eat a burger and pretend it wasn't a cow ? is that your solution "BURGERTIME" ?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:07 p.m. CST

    A low down dirty shame.

    by Biggie Kaiju

    Heath was brilliant in "Brokeback," and it looks like he is brilliant in "Batman." If there is an afterlife, I hope he gets a good seat. RIP, Heath. Thanks for the great performances.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:07 p.m. CST

    RIP Heath

    by JoeSixPack

    I can't even believe it. RIP, you will be forever missed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:10 p.m. CST

    The Dark Knight is gonna make tons of cash now

    by WolfmanNards

    This news is gonna make the Dark Knight do gangbusters. It was already set up to do well, but now that this will be his last movie, people will go nuts over it in the theaters. Now they'll probably remove the dedication at the beginning to the stuntman who died on set. Some of you may not know about that guy anyways because AICN didn't post shit about it.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Farewell to a fellow Perth Boy

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Heath you will be missed. When I saw the news I was so shocked, it really came out of left field like so many have said. I thought this guy wasnt messed up like say Britney or a complete nutcase like Tom Cruise. Just another reminder that we need to cherish every moment we have got. Harry stop eating crap and loose some weight we dont want to loose you.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:11 p.m. CST

    ABE VIGODA LAUGHS AT YOU ALL!!

    by thelordofhell

    Abe Vigoda will outlive everyone!! All hail the great Abe Vigoda!!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Farewell to a fellow Perth Boy

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Heath you will be missed. When I saw the news I was so shocked, it really came out of left field like so many have said. I thought this guy wasnt messed up like say Britney or a complete nutcase like Tom Cruise. Just another reminder that we need to cherish every moment we have got. Harry stop eating crap and loose some weight we dont want to loose you.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:13 p.m. CST

    He was the new Brando

    by reflecto

    He completely transformed himself in Brokeback in a way I did not believe him capable of. He was a whole new man. He was going to be one of our best artists. It's a tragedy.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Horrible news...

    by red ezra

    Too young for sure - if he was taking regular large doses of tylenol pm then I'm sure this was an accidental death and not a suicide

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:14 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by theonecalledshoe

    He was of great talent. I have a copy of a knight's tale and was amazed at ledger's work. To me he was a protege of Mel Gibson in the sincerest sense. The business has its' way with celebrities. From Marilyn Monroe to Heath Ledger it is tragic that it seems the good die young.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Fleet

    by jimbubble

    Not having a go,but the amount of young actors/singers/whatever pissing their lives away is disturbing to me! I have 2 young kids and the last thing i would ever think of is leaving them. I`ve been involved in the music business/movies for a a few years here in the UK,and not once have I tried suicide/heroin/pills..or any way out other than hard hard work. No point scoring here,just sad that another young person decides that they`ve had enough,and Whinehouse is a 2 second wonder that we`ll all forget about in the time it takes to change a cd! I think Ledger has left a more poignant legacy! The new Batman film will break all records, propel Heath Ledger to cult status.....an actor cannot ask for more! Hollywood and the machine just want your dollar,and they do not care how they earn it. Glad to add to the discussion..I`m just jimbubble from Scotland!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:20 p.m. CST

    A sad day ... a tragic loss...

    by workshed

    Absolutely shocking and even though i taped the newsflash on tv four hours ago it's only just sinking in (it's now 2am here in the UK). RIP Heath - you were only here a short time but boy did you put on a good show. I know everyone here at AICN will join us in sending our condolences to his wife and daughter. You will be truly missed.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Cmon jimbubble,

    by Skin26

    From one scotsman to another . . . . Rehab is one of the best songs of the last 10 years !!! Wish she would check into it though!!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:22 p.m. CST

    I will try and remember for him what he was

    by zooch

    and not how he died.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:22 p.m. CST

    I will try and remember him what he was

    by zooch

    and not how he died.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:23 p.m. CST

    If it was drugs, he deserved it

    by Psalmolive

    Drugs are a choice. Understand the risks of your new hobby.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    If it was illicit drugs, he deserved it

    by Psalmolive

    Illicit drugs are a choice. Understand the risks of your new hobby.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Not to repeat any previous posts, but...

    by BetaRayBill07

    Yeah, whores like Spears, Lohan, Hilton and Winehouse still walk the earth, but a talented father of a little girl dies from that shit. Its just wrong, and when I die someone better explain this "plan" to me.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Psalmolive I hope you choke on your own vomit.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Fucking insensitive troll. Addiction is a disease you ignorant fucktard. No one deserves to die who was at heart a decent human being and a loving father. You are the lowest scum of the earth.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:30 p.m. CST

    livingwater

    by jimbubble

    Round of applause! :)

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Psalmolive and the other trolls

    by Rupee88

    you notice how at first the posts were shock and dismay...then the trolls got over their shock and decided to stir things up...just lame. Well your boring posts are a distraction, but nothing more.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:33 p.m. CST

    This Really Is Shocking....

    by skoobyx

    Didn't know he had a drug problem, (if that's what it was). He was really great. <p> RIP

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:34 p.m. CST

    This sucks 32 flavors of balls...

    by Admiral_Kirk

    I've always liked his movies and the guy was on a Johnny Depp kind of path... I hope he finds in death what he could not find in life... I offer my condolences to all of his family...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST

    People (Psalmolive) are already being nasty

    by snakecharmer

    while his body still lays in the morgue. Looking at you Psalmoive. His family is horrible pain right now. Give it time before you start passing judgement. I don't know about you but I haven't met any Saints in my life. I doubt your one douch. late

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Pneumonia - they were sleeping pills

    by antonphd

    He died of Pneumonia. It wasn't true that he had pills spilled around him. There were 2 bottles of pills near him. Perscription and non perscription. He probably died in his sleep from the sleeping pills because he didn't wake up while choking from the Pneumonia. It is horribly tragic. Beyond horribly tragic. We can all remember how delicate life is. And never sleep alone if you have Pneumonia.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:39 p.m. CST

    My favorite films by Heath

    by Jersquall

    A knights tale, The Patriot, Monsters ball and Candy. Man that guy was a good actor.. RIP.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:41 p.m. CST

    I had forgotten about Four Feathers

    by br1947

    Pretty good film, may go out and get it.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Addiction is a disease you choose to have

    by Funketeer

    His choice now leaves a young girl without a father. I was a fan but my father had his prostate removed today and has done everything in his power and will continue to do everything in his power to stick around for his family. I'm having a little trouble getting choked up over a guy who more than likely overdosed on sleeping pills.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Fate took him

    by V'Shael

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Funketeer

    by Jersquall

    Suicide has not been ruled cause of death and sorry to hear about your father.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Fate took him

    by V'Shael

    Or he died of a drug overdose? <p> If it was the drugs, as seems likely, it's inane to blame fate. Man the fuck up, and lay responsibility where it belongs. <p> If you have a 2 year old kid, and you're doing drugs, you're a dick. End of fucking story.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Funketeer

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    While that is true it is a choice to use drugs you are right it's not a choice to choose to become addicted. Do you drink? Have you ever in your life had one drink? Have you? Well if you have then you are no different. And what I mean by that is you could be an alcoholic but chances are you aren't still if you have had just one sip of it you are prone to becoming addicted if it's in your nature. Granted doing herion is a terrible thing to do but some people are so emotionally fucked up that they make bad choices when they reach rock bottom. That in itself is a problem. Actors and artists in general who are truly gifted usually are also truly pained or have gone through tough mental anguish. Not everyone is so strong as you or me. That's not to say yeah he gets a pass but that's to say have some compassion. You really think he wanted to leave his child behind without a father?? Come on now. It's truly very very sad. This was not some douchebag we are talking about this was a decent guy. No ego. Not Mr Hollywood. Well respected. Well liked and loved. He had a problem and it's really fucking sad. He was one of the good guys.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:50 p.m. CST

    I notice everyone didn't notice the "IF"...

    by Psalmolive

    ...as in "IF" it was illicit drugs, he deserved it. IF it was pneumonia, then sympathy goes out to him as a human. However, it's gross that celebrities get this much notice, when there are countless others dying for far nobler causes every day. There are countless others being tortured and killed, those who have to face the indignity of starving to death or being hacked to death by machetes when they are merely four years old. You know none of them, you never lived through what they went through. Instead you drown in your tears over a celebrity as if he made some kind of difference in this world. Heath was an actor- he pretended for a living. Get over yourselves- you people value CELEBRITY over all other ANONYMOUS life.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 8:59 p.m. CST

    He's immortal now

    by TallBoy66

    Life fast, die young, leave a good looking corpse. Going out at your prime isn't all that bad. Leaving behinid a wife and kid kind of is.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 9 p.m. CST

    R.I.P.

    by orryn

    Rest in peace man. Here's my favorite movie quote, a little paraphrased, sermon: "Why? Why are the innocent punished? Why the sacrifice? Why the pain? There aren't any promises. Nothing certain. Only that some get called, some get saved. [He] won't ever know the hardship and grief for those of us left behind. We commit [this body] to the void with a glad heart. For within each seed, there is a promise of a flower, and within each death, no matter how small, there is always a new life. A new beginning. Amen."

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 9:02 p.m. CST

    ... FUCK!

    by RaveX

    Rest in peace, Heath.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Psalmolive has a point

    by Jersquall

    But watching someone for years like Heath..Well you kinda get connected in some way. Movies can move you, almost in a emotional feeling kinda way. You grow up with actors and connect. But I hear you on the others that deserve attention.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Nothing ever changes on this site.....

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    a talented young actor dies, and the self-righteous assholes come out saying he deserved it. The guy splits with his fiancee, has been bouncing between EST and GMT, and OD's on legally perscribed sleeping pills, and now he's John Belushi. Fuck you pathetic haters. I wish I can be there when the reality stick clubs you upside your heads....douchebags.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Sam the Butcher, Pleschette, Ledger

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    There's the three. Weird.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Sad to hear...

    by Johnno

    Admittedly the first thing I did think of was the state of the movie... but it's not laughing matter... anyway this will strongly impact how we perceive his performance... let's hope his last efforts put a smile on our face.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 9:15 p.m. CST

    I was in complete shock when I first read this.

    by a goonie

    I first saw the news on Superherohype, but the page wasn't fully loaded, so I just saw bits and pieces of the site. I saw an article with a title saying something about Heath Ledger being found dead. I figured it was a joke and perhaps it was a strange choice of words for a Dark Knight article. Then I searched around and found everyone had posted the story and that Heath really was gone. I just can't believe this. I didn't think much of Heath's acting abilities before seeing Brokeback, but his performance in that movie made me more than a believer. It catapulted Heath onto my own personal list of most exciting actors working today. That performance is brilliant and one of my favourites of the last several years. After that, he was cast as The Joker (when everyone from Paul Bettany to Sean Penn had been rumoured for the role) and I was filled with the kind of fanboy glee I always hope a geek project will give me, but rarely does. I thought it was a fantastic casting decision and a very neat career move for Heath. The Dark Knight has been at the top of my list of most anticipated projects for 2008 (yes, I have lots of lists) for quite a while now, and the number one reason is the casting of Heath as Batman's greatest nemesis. This is incredibly sad news. I really thought we'd have decades to watch Heath Ledger grow as an actor and give many more great performances, but it is not to be. My heart goes out to his loved ones. I still can't believe this is true.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 9:15 p.m. CST

    HEY POUND SAND ARE YOU IN THIS TALKBACK?

    by Deus Vult

    I just thought of you when I read the following part of an obit for Heath on breibart.com:<p>"After several independent films, Ledger moved to Los Angeles at age 19 and costarred opposite Julia Stiles in "10 Things I Hate About You." Offers for other teen flicks soon came his way, but Ledger turned them down, preferring to remain idle than sign on for projects he didn't like. <p> "It wasn't a hard decision for me," Ledger told the Associated Press in 2001. "It was hard for everyone else around me to understand. Agents were like, `You're crazy,' my parents were like, `Come on, you have to eat.'" <p>When I read that "come on you have to eat" I thought about Pound Sand bringing on the "so and so gotta eat" catchphrase about a year ago or so.<p>More about Heath: for those of you who don't know, he was so worried about distancing himself from Nicholson's Joker that he checked himself into a hotel for a month and didn't leave and limited his interaction with other people. His goal was to get inside the head of the Joker and really create a new interpretation of the character. Talk about dedicated!<p>Lastly, one report I read said he had pnuemonia and may have died from choking to death. Considering I've just recovered from it myself (roughly a week ago) I can tell you its miserable...you can't breathe when you're awake so you try to sleep but can't because you cough too much. So you load up on anything to make you drowsy. Read that carefully folks. Just because sleeping pills were in his room doesn't mean anything. I agree w/Ultron--no rushing to judgement or being self-righteous okay! Autopsy is tomorrow so as soon as the results are released you can all pass judgement then.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 9:17 p.m. CST

    JOEVFX

    by BringingSexyBack

    Okay Einstein, where did I say this was "more important" than the death of anyone else? Are you in the habit of responding to phantom posts? I echo AllPowerful's posts in regards to every tard who sees fit to post unfunny jokes in this TB. Nuff said? Yeah.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 9:21 p.m. CST

    The potential

    by rutgerman

    That is gone today...is just monstrous. We're all feeling it...thoughts of James Dean running through our heads...what could have been.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 9:21 p.m. CST

    My deepest condolences.

    by greenstyle92

    I keep hoping this is some kind of early and horribly inappropriate April Fools joke. I'm so sorry.<br> <br> I officially suggest a large portion of the profits from Dark Knight go to his family.<br> <br> And it may sound crass, but I'm very sad he won't reprise his role of as Joker in movies beyond Dark Knight.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 9:22 p.m. CST

    If Heath died accidentally

    by Seth Gecko

    Then I hope all the losers and spineless cockroaches who bag someone they don't know over an internet post forum get what is coming to them. You are sick. Harry grow some balls and start getting rid of the minority of halfwits you continually allow to visit your site and leave these abhorrent messages.Pneumonia plus benzodiazapines never mix. They sedate your breathing putting you further at risk. Step up to the plate Harry cos you will be respected for it.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Psalmolive et al.

    by EdmundoDupont

    There's nothing more evil than a lack of empathy. If you've ever watched someone struggle with an addiction of any kind, I'm sure you'd hesitate before posting messages that venomous and vile. <p> Just imagine if his mother read those insensitive posts. <p> I live in his hometown (Perth, Western Australia), and I know many people who have met him - all of whom have nothing but good things to say about him. <p> This, like any life cut short, is a tragedy. If you really want to impress us by flaunting your moral superiority, maybe you should find a different forum to do so, because this one's about paying your respect - not being a complete cock-snorkler.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 9:41 p.m. CST

    What is the saddest part?

    by Redbox

    I can be happy with myself and honestly say that my first thought on hearing this was, "I hope it's not true, how sad, he was a talented, fearless artist." But I am shamed that my second thought was "How does this effect The Dark Knight?" Even though I didn't allow myself the luxury of expanding upon this thought, even though I only felt this thought pop into my consciousness for a moment and immediately ejected it, I did think it and what's more upsetting is that I kept thinking it, it kept popping back into the stream of thought. It makes me wonder. It makes me wonder about all the things that we spend our time doing. It makes me wonder if Warner Bros execs are throwing their coffee mugs against the walls, because they just lost the break out star of their Bat franchise. It makes me wonder, good or bad, how much time people will take, in considered decorum, before they start calling each other to figure out what has to be rewritten or postponed or repositioned. When an actor puts himself alone in a room for days and days just to find his inner psychotic, just to make an entertainment, is that really worth the toll? I remember Christian Bale's extreme weight loss and gain and how it was the "neat trivia fact" of the Hollywood promotion shows. Wasn't that beyond reasonable? Death is a great equalizer and it blows away the mists of promotion and pomp. At least it does for me. I don't want to think about comic book movies right now and I don't like the strange uncomfortable feeling that people are bowing their heads in sorrow, but darting their eyes around the room looking to see when it will be appropriate to turn on the hype machine that will no doubt come storming at us with the Spring melt, as Mr. Ledger's last film role becomes a morose but unstoppable Juggernaut of cash, that just adds to the pain and spectacle that his family now will begin to endure. I'm really sorry that I thought of the fate of a movie when I heard of a young man's death. Here's to respecting the dead. On comes the media storm.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Terrible News...

    by wowsucks

    This is truly sad. Best wishes for his family. This guy had the talent, and the future of many good things. I hope the batman movie stands out as yet another example of how talented this guy really was.. Really sad.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Tragic

    by Kenny8

    I'm not a fan of Ledger per se, but this is a tragedy whatever the cause of death turns out to be. Some posters should hang their heads in shame at some of the comments.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 9:59 p.m. CST

    there sure a lot of cunts on these boards

    by slappy jones

    a bunch of rush to judgement big mouthed mother fuckers who apparently live perfect lives. fuck all of you and may you rot in hell.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Bad dream.

    by landster

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 10:07 p.m. CST

    And

    by tme2nsb

    Shit, I wish TMZ was paying me. The I wouldn't be stuck in Oklahoma for the past 6 years. I love it when anyone praises anything on this site (movie, director, or website) people say "PLANT!!" - you people need to think of something more original than this. I hope you fucktards who DON'T know what you're talking about OD yourself, as this clearly is not what happened to Heath.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Slappy Jones

    by Blood Simple

    Amen. Fuck a lot of the people on these boards. Sensationalist cunts that you are. Show some goddamn respect!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST

    ssssssnnnnnooooorrrrreeee.....

    by Deus Vult

    that's longhand for snore. what a snore this talkback has become. harry shutter down. or mori if you're reading, do your ol' pal deus a favor and close this thing out. its completely over the top ridiculous at this point.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST

    This is definitely a considerble shock

    by MamoVaka

    Again, this is basically an A list actor who died.. I'm sure he had some awesome roles lined up for us.. as entertainment goes I think we all lost out here.. While he didn't make a ton of films in his career almost every single one of them showcased his true skill.. This sucks.. I mean it really truly does.. trust me it's hard to find REAL actors, I mean russel crowe/brando level stuff.. Especially in his last few films and it appears even for the joker that Ledger had that skill level.. which is what makes his death even more tragic for us who can appreciate great acting.. I was very sad to hear about brando's passing but imagine how horrible it would have been to have brando passon before 30! right after streetcar and before he left his mark! I feel that is what happened here.. it's really truly sad...

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Harry, please!!! Keep this a respectful TB!

    by Rakafraker

    I'm sure that any decent person won't mind if you delete all of the ill-minded idiots posts. In fact, I'm sure it would make the news.<p>I, for one, would be quite proud of you guys for having the balls to show how much you truly respect Mr. Ledger and his family. Even if that means that this post must also be deleted!

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 10:17 p.m. CST

    He died from what?

    by dioxholster

    this is unexpected, first owen wilson and now this. but i dont think its suicide i just think its tragic for a cool guy to leave us like that.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 10:26 p.m. CST

    out of nowhere

    by P_dog

    can't believe the news..its very sad. i'm sure im reiterating what a lot have people have said before me, but he was just about to explode big time. he has shown with some great roles how diverse and likeable he can be on film.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Pneumonia?

    by TheDreamMaster

    My first pos there, and sadly, one I wish I wasn't making. I saw this today, don't know if it's true. http://x17online.com/celebrities/heath_ledger/heath_had_pneumonia-01222008.php#more My local news said it was suicide, but I don't think that is right. I'm in shock at this moment. Me and him shared the same birthday. He was only 10 years older than me.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Sad Loss, and this thread is a reminder...

    by quantize

    ..that preachy fucking asshat scum who open their moronic gobs sanctimoniously about drugs before knowing any facts only demonstrate how fucking stupid the human race really is.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Not a lot of reason to read the entire TB

    by Jaka

    As it appears the same things are being said over and over, and I agree with a lot of them on two different sides. First, peace and solace to his family and friends during this difficult time. But second, damn it! Pills? Really? I'm hoping it's decided that it was accidental. But regardless, come on! There are millions upon millions of people dealing with shit for which they have no resources to use to try and fix said shit. I'm so tired of people who do fucking up.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Not a lot of reason to read the entire TB

    by Jaka

    As it appears the same things are being said over and over, and I agree with a lot of them on two different sides. First, peace and solace to his family and friends during this difficult time. But second, damn it! Pills? Really? I'm hoping it's decided that it was accidental. But regardless, come on! There are millions upon millions of people dealing with shit for which they have no resources to use to try and fix said shit. I'm so tired of people who do fucking up.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Not a lot of reason to read the entire TB

    by Jaka

    As it appears the same things are being said over and over, and I agree with a lot of them on two different sides. First, peace and solace to his family and friends during this difficult time. But second, damn it! Pills? Really? I'm hoping it's decided that it was accidental. But regardless, come on! There are millions upon millions of people dealing with shit for which they have no resources to use to try and fix said shit. I'm so tired of people who do fucking up.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 10:35 p.m. CST

    dont edit anything Harry

    by kilik777

    let people express whatever they want like you always do even if you dont agree. IM an ultra conservative here in Austin like you but I respect that you give everyone a fair chance to voice their opinion or stupidity. Then should show everyone to get their shit straiht with God cuz you never know when death comes a knocking. But once he does its too late to change your mind. Heath was indeed a great actor and he will indeed be sorely missed. http://tinyurl.com/pv8do

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Note to Mysterious Yobo:

    by Dax_Bladerunner

    <font color=red>No one finds humor in this tradgey. Especially when nothing but shock, sadness and the loss of a loved one are involved. Your all alone in your joke. No ones laughing.</font>

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 10:40 p.m. CST

    This is FUCKED up!!!!

    by Han Cholo

    I wasn't really a fan but was looking forward to seeing his rendition of Joker. Such a sad thing to see a young actor in his prime just up and die but it happens, like River Phoenix before him. I just wonder how they're gonna wrap up Joker's story in DK now.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 10:41 p.m. CST

    sorry

    by dizzywhip

    didnt really like his movies. not really a fan of him, probably cause 10 things was so lame. shocking to see people so young go but still i'll be ok with them having a differeent joker in batman 3. they have a different rachel so whats the dif.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 10:41 p.m. CST

    A lot of people here are being fairly harsh

    by caruso_stalker217

    Some of you are talking about him like he fucked your mother or something. Jesus, get a fucking life.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Note to Mysterious Yobo:

    by Dax_Bladerunner

    <font color=red>No one finds humor in this tradgey. Especially when nothing but shock, sadness and the loss of a loved one are involved. Your all alone in your joke. No ones laughing.</font>

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 10:44 p.m. CST

    sorry

    by dizzywhip

    didnt really like his movies. not really a fan of him, probably cause 10 things was so lame. shocking to see people so young go but still i'll be ok with them having a differeent joker in batman 3. they have a different rachel so whats the dif.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 10:53 p.m. CST

    I just heard that his family

    by slappy jones

    found out via the news.that sucks.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 10:54 p.m. CST

    fuck all you he deserved it sayers

    by ThePilgrim

    Addiction is a disease and "If" this was the cause then well. It's tragic, and your a cunt for calling the man a selfish whatever. If you don't have the disease, be greatful. If you do, and this is another incident thats alarmed you. Relize that someone big is tapping on your shoulder to find help. I say A.A. and use it as if it's N.A. cause if your not a drunk and you do drugs your addicted to both, and saying you just have a problem with one is only gonna insure you return to your sickness by abusing the other more to cope, but I'm not supposed to tell you about A.A. and well I say fuck that. It's and your willpower to get sober is your only choice for a life of recovery. You will never be cured but you will have the tools to cope.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 11 p.m. CST

    RIP Ledger

    by pdennett316

    Not much more to say...I didn't know him, don't know if he was a druggie or not. Doesn't matter. <p> Unless the dead person a murderer or child abuser/molester, then theres such a thing as a basic respect for the dead. When did people lose the ability to just say "What a shame, my condolences to his friends and family"? Is that so hard? <p> By all accounts the man was hard working, supported charities and was respected in his chosen field - that to me speaks of a decent person. Condemning him when we don't have all the facts is grossly unfair. <p> If after all is said and done and he DID kill himself, the real victim is his young daughter who will forever be without her father, and have a negative stigma throughout her own life. Ledger would still get some sympathy from me, as he clearly would have required help, and the mind can make people do some messed up things. <p> It's a shame when anyone dies so young, and the acting world has lost a great talent.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 11:04 p.m. CST

    just watched Brokeback Mountain again

    by Rupee88

    well part of it...damn that fucker was a damn good actor...I'm a hetero guy and his performance in that film just moves me to tears...just an incredible performance and he will be missed..rip hl

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 11:09 p.m. CST

    RIP Heath

    by Tacoloft

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 11:27 p.m. CST

    So Terrence Malick picked Heath Ledger for the lead in TREE OF L

    by BadWaldosRevenge

    It would be an awesome epic had Heath not passed away. James Dean's death did not affect GIANT and there was a legend the director George Stevens received death threats not to trim the scenes with James Dean on the cutting room floor. Too bad, because Mr Malick and Heath Ledger collaborating on the film would be fantastic. O well, time to search for another fresh-faced actor. How about Jamie Bell?

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 11:30 p.m. CST

    God Fucking Damn It.

    by SkeletonParty

    Fuck Fuck Fuck. My heart goes out to his family. His mom, dad, daughter. Shit. <p>As a father, I'm torn apart by this. Heath seemed like such a solid guy. <p>God damn it.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Careful

    by hallmitchell

    With sleeping pills. I never ever take them. Just because it's prescribed doesn't mean it can't be harmful.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Jesus Christ are you people pathetic

    by King_In_Yellow

    First of all, let me preface for all the whiney douchebags who are crying throughout this TB. Heath Ledger's death is a trajedy for his family and friends, whether he caused it or not. Harry's original post on this topic is nothing less than laughable though. Heath Ledger was A FUCKING ACTOR!!! Nothing more. He stood in front of a camera and pretended to be other people. He didn't die for his country. He didn't die saving someone from a burning building. Aside from what he was to his friends and family, he wasn't anything special to the world. This celebrity worship in our society really has to stop. You can't walk down a supermarket checkout line without seeing at least 5 different magazines with covers exclaiming nothing more than what color shit Suri Cruise took last week. Then there are the countless televised award shows where show business people congratulate each other about how great they are. As the great Bill Shatner once said, "People, you really need to get a life." Especially you, Harry.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 11:44 p.m. CST

    by PFFFFT

    you stupid fat cunt harry. worrying about what's going to happen to the films.. "ooh what's gonna happen to the new Gilliam? ooh...". The guy is DEAD you stupid fat fuck.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 11:44 p.m. CST

    people with zero sympathy...

    by BurgerKing

    make me sick. I know there are a lot of morbid and cynical fucks on these TBs but I didn't think some were this low. The guy never murdered or raped anyone, he has only been reported to be a good, friendly person. And you have no sympathy because he may OR MAY NOT have taken over-the-counter pills without any knowledge of why he may have been taking them. So with this little knowledge you instantly have no sympathy? <p> Allowing fans to give their thanks and blessings to Heath and his family is one of the reasons why the internet is so great, however, the sick, heartless loners who trashtalk a dead human who can not defend themselves, make the internet a shitty place to be.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 11:45 p.m. CST

    people with zero sympathy...

    by BurgerKing

    make me sick. I know there are a lot of morbid and cynical fucks on these TBs but I didn't think some were this low. The guy never murdered or raped anyone, he has only been reported to be a good, friendly person. And you have no sympathy because he may OR MAY NOT have taken over-the-counter pills without any knowledge of why he may have been taking them. So with this little knowledge you instantly have no sympathy? <p> Allowing fans to give their thanks and blessings to Heath and his family is one of the reasons why the internet is so great, however, the sick, heartless loners who trashtalk a dead human who can not defend themselves, make the internet a shitty place to be.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Hey Demode

    by King_In_Yellow

    Go fuck yourself. He was more than an actor? Pray tell just what more was he? Did he shit gold bars? Piss the elixir to cure cancer? Get over myself? Point out in my post where I boosted myself above anyone else? Again, for the dense assholes: CONDOLENCES TO THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF HEATH LEDGER. And to those of you who are acting like the savior of humanity just died, GET A LIFE. Oh, and fuck you again, Demode.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Oh my hell!

    by Cereal Killa

    This is such shocking news. I really loved Heath. I can't believe he would die and in such a scandalous fashion. He's the last person I would have expected to die from a OD. Truly sad. RIP and prayers out to Michele and their child.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Rest In Peace

    by thesnake

    I just created an account to comment on this tragedy hoping the people that know and love this guy will see my comment among the hundreds paying respect. I loved Brokeback Mountain, but when Heath was cast as The Joker I really thought it was a mistake at first. But then I saw the trailers for The Dark Night online and in those brief seconds I was totally rocked by his portrayal. I saw I Am Legend in theatres, and was lucky enough to see an extended scene from The Dark Knight featuring The Joker pulling a bank robbery, and was completely blown away. It was the most awesome thing I've seen in a long time. I saw the promotional photo of him in full Joker regalia, green vest and purple coat with buttons everywhere, sleeves open, Heath looking over his shoulder and was sold. Its a sad such a gifted person won't be able to entertain us anymore, but its a tragedy for his friends and family. I just hope they know how much we think of him professionally since that is the only way we know him, and we are sorry for their loss personally since that is the infinitely more important.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 11:52 p.m. CST

    King_In_Yellow you may be misunderstanding

    by BurgerKing

    I can see your point of celebrity worship, but it's pretty misguided here. This is quite different than a typical tabloid magazine about who's getting fat this week, the reason it's shocking with Heath is because like any other big name actor, he is someone we recognize because he entertained us, we enjoyed seeing him and watching him for two hours a time. He was someone hundreds of people looked up to as an inspiration for their future perhaps, or just someone they admired. <p> I don't think that it's all about celebrity worship. Harry might be more affected because he actually met the man, and I can bet that Heath was someone that Harry looked up to. People can be upset because he was a talented, good natured person who had a bright future, it's not just about the headlines or because he was a god. It's because he went too soon and he's someone who shouldn't have. <p> Celebrity worship is when you mimic Paris Hilton's wardrobe or know who Jessica Simpson is dating this week. Mourning a talented actors death is not worship. And he was more than an actor, that's just what you and I saw from him. He was a person above that, and you shouldn't ignore that fact.

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 11:56 p.m. CST

    you goddamn nerds

    by happyboy

    this is a MOVIE appreciation site. heath ledger was a good actor taken before his time. that's ENOUGH for talkbackers to be very sad at his passing. it has nothing to do with savior of mankind you 300 lb nerd. that you would even take it there proves you've never kissed a girl in your life. the point is THIS IS A MOVIE SITE. people are discussing an actor if you dont like it GTFO

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:01 a.m. CST

    BurgerKing

    by King_In_Yellow

    Reread Harry's original post and tell me he isn't a celebrity worshipper. I can clearly visualize Harry committing self-flagellation and ululating like a grieving middle eastern woman when I read that.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:05 a.m. CST

    King_In_Yellow

    by BurgerKing

    You could say he goes overboard, could say he really, really liked Heath. But we shouldn't really be surprised that Harry goes overboard in his posts, considering it's almost his trademark. chocolate pussy juice anyone?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:07 a.m. CST

    10 Things I Hate About You

    by darthbinks1220

    That '99 film was the first time I saw him on the silver screen. As the male lead, he had good chemistry with Julia Stiles. During an interview, the actress stated how she always wanted to work with him again. God bless Heath and his family.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:11 a.m. CST

    No more arguing

    by BrightEyes

    The mean spirited people are the one's who hate their lifes and hate how they have no people skills. let them say bad things. No more responding back to their nastiness it makes them feel good about themselves. There is no normal good hearted person in the world who would insult someone's deathand mock them. The people who do are miserable, let them live their life miserable, the'll never find love or success or most of all hapiness. Let them spew their hatred and don't acknowledge it. They need the attention so don't give it to them. We lost a great actor today. Though he'll never be forgotten. Goodnight and God bless all of you.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:11 a.m. CST

    10 Things I Hate About You

    by darthbinks1220

    That '99 film was the first time I saw him on the silver screen. As the male lead, he had good chemistry with Julia Stiles. During an interview, the actress stated how she always wanted to work with him again. God bless Heath and his family.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:16 a.m. CST

    AAAAAARRRRGH

    by Kragmose

    No Joker in Batman 3 then, dammit! And what if Nolan was speaking the truth, that Joker was really the center of the third movie, not TDK. OMFG

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:16 a.m. CST

    10 Things I Hate About You

    by darthbinks1220

    That '99 film was the first time I saw him on the silver screen. As the male lead, he had good chemistry with Julia Stiles. During an interview, the actress stated how she always wanted to work with him again. God bless Heath and his family.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Wow Happy Boy

    by King_In_Yellow

    Do you ever have me figured out. Not. Shut the fuck up, douchebag. Just because you want to suck the cock of every person who makes a living by playing pretend doesn't mean everyone does. Now go jack off to the latest issue of People or Us.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:18 a.m. CST

    No more arguing

    by BrightEyes

    The mean spirited people are the one's who hate their lifes and hate how they have no people skills. let them say bad things. No more responding back to their nastiness it makes them feel good about themselves. There is no normal good hearted person in the world who would insult someone's deathand mock them. The people who do are miserable, let them live their life miserable, the'll never find love or success or most of all hapiness. Let them spew their hatred and don't acknowledge it. They need the attention so don't give it to them. We lost a great actor today. Though he'll never be forgotten. Goodnight and God bless all of you.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:23 a.m. CST

    There's gotta be a good joke in here, somewhere...

    by Zeke25:17

    ...but I can't think of a goddamn thing. The Dark Knight was primed to be blockbuster entertainment; and it may still be...but now it'll be sad as hell (ironically) every time we see the Joker yukking it up onscreen. The closest comparison to this, I think, would be Brandon Lee's senseless and accidental death before the release of The Crow.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:28 a.m. CST

    And instead of Heath dying, why couldn't it have been...

    by Zeke25:17

    Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan, Dr. Phil, Judge Judy, or anyone who is involved with movies like Step Up 2: The Next Flight or How She Move Best Be Better Than How She Talk?!?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:32 a.m. CST

    I called this in the Brad Renfro obituary

    by Bobo_Vision

    In the Brad Renfro obituary, Bobo_Vision wrote: "Sad, sure; preventable, maybe; inevitable, possibly; will happen again, definitely." <p> Celebrities strung out on drugs and the invincibility of the limelight are doomed. Next up, Britney Spears, the Olsen twins, Bijou Phillips, Robert Downey Jr, Lindsay Lohan, and many, many more. I'm a prophet.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:35 a.m. CST

    This couldn't possibly be true

    by SpencerTrilby

    I just can't believe it's fucking true. I was already pissed for Brad Renfro, and this adds to the sadness. The guy seemed really grounded as you said and this is as shocking and surprising as it is devastating for his work and more than anything his family and young child. This is the ultimate joke upon us, and I hate that. RIP mate.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:37 a.m. CST

    I don't want to be a dick...

    by Stevie Grant

    but it doesn't look like his death was a random act of God. I'm only saying because it seems mean-spirited and callous to wish his death was magically transplanted to another person who had nothing to do with him. That being said, I always liked the guy since I first saw him in that high-school Taming of the Shrew adaptation (can't remember the name, and hope the writer didn't claim the plot as him own). He had a great screen presence and was damn good at his job. RIP Heath

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:42 a.m. CST

    This ain't fucking viral marketing, KingInYellow!

    by SpencerTrilby

    can you please show some respect to <p> A/ the man's passing and <p> B/ the genuine sadness displayed here, whether it's motivated by fandom, empathy or utter digust for the guy's fate?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:44 a.m. CST

    OMG

    by rost

    Just read about Heath death (its early in the morning over here)and I can't fucking believe it! Sad day for the movieworld and especially his family. RIP Heath.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Brad Renfro and Heath Ledger

    by the podosphere

    RIP young men.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:46 a.m. CST

    There's an old saw in Hollywood that

    by the podosphere

    these things come in threes. Or is it a curse? <p> Here's hoping that's wrong, and we don't find yet another great young actor dead in his apartment, drugs or no.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:47 a.m. CST

    a sad day for everyone who loves good acting

    by moviemaniac-7

    RIP.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:48 a.m. CST

    amen podosphere

    by Stevie Grant

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Here's hoping Britney is next

    by tme2nsb

    You bet your sweet fucking ass I wish that bitch was dead instead of someone who cares about their family.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1 a.m. CST

    This is the worst fucking news

    by the_scream

    There is a lot of loss here: Heath and his blossoming career. All his, and the cast and crew of Dark Knight who will be gutted. The Batman franchise may not recover from this. This whole thing just absolutely sickens me. I had to work all day around people who didn't give a shit. It was just "selfish people who don't appreciate what they have". Who cares why it happened. It happened and it sucks in any shape or form.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1 a.m. CST

    He faked his death!

    by tme2nsb

    No, not really. Just flambaiting.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:05 a.m. CST

    your co-workers suck the_scream

    by SpencerTrilby

    "selfish people who don't appreciate what they have"... that so called "coward's way out" talking always makes me sick. No offense to you, but fuck them and anyone who thinks that way.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:10 a.m. CST

    tme2nsb

    by Stevie Grant

    I want to make it very clear that I don't care about the former Mrs K-Fed. Frankly, when K-Fed becomes a better parent than any person in question, seppuku should follow. My point was, a very good actor that seemed to only get better with age died. While a tragedy, it doesn't sit well with me to immediately wish other people dead.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:10 a.m. CST

    I think if you are sad

    by the_scream

    Then be sad. There is no law of nature that determines when you should grieve. Whether it is for Heath the actor or Heath the man, then grieve. People who tell others they can't be sad are tools.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:13 a.m. CST

    This truly sucks...

    by IndianaJonesin

    Who knows why people do what they do. He was obviously pretty troubled if he was stressed and couldn't sleep. That could definitely take a toll. He had so much promise. Very, very sad. His friends and family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:24 a.m. CST

    I don't want to sound like a senseless fangoy here

    by SpencerTrilby

    but I truly hope they didn't pull a comic book "baddie faking his death" ending for TDK. That would be tasteless and the studio would probably butcher it to not upset some people. I imagine it's too late to change anything. Same doesn't apply to the Gilliam flick (as someone said before, the guy is cursed) but the toughest part will be to find an equally talented actor in replacement.