Sad, sad news today concerning the death of actor Heath Ledger. The 28 year old was found unresponsive at mid-afternoon by a housekeeper in a New York apartment building. Although some details are sketchy, early speculation by the media seems to suggest that the cause is either accidental overdose of over-the-counter sleeping pills or possibly suicide.
It was particularly disturbing to hear media outlets pointing a finger to Ledger's recent role as the Joker in the yet-to-be-released Batman sequel, The Dark Knight, which is due out this summer.
Ledger separated from his fiance, Michelle Williams late last year, but the two were parents of a young daughter
Ledger starred in or was a featured player in a string of successful films including The Patriot, Monster's Ball, A Knight's Tale and Brokeback Mountain (for which he received an Academy Award nomination). Early indications are that the actor really gives a tour de force performance as Batman's arch nemesis in the upcoming film.
Condolences go out to his family, friends and his many fans - of whom I am gladly one.