Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Gone Too Soon

On the day the nominees for the 80th Academy Awards were announced, actor Heath Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment. The apparent cause of death was a sleeping pill overdose. Ledger, who was nominated for an Oscar for his riveting portrayal of the tortured Ennis del Mar in Academy-award winning film Brokeback Mountain, is reported to have been sick with pneumonia.

Ledger recently wrapped the latest Batman installment, The Dark Knight, where he recreated the character of The Joker opposite Christian Bale. Ledger was filming Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus with Christopher Plummer when he passed away. He was the father of a 2-year old girl, Matilda, for whom he shared parenting responsibilities with actress Michelle Williams. The couple recently were recently separated following an engagement to be married.

As with the death of River Phoenix , James Dean and others who leave us too soon, I am profoundly saddened and shocked by this sudden and terrible loss to the entertainment community.

1 comment:

Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

I was stunned by this sad news. May he rest in peace.