Heath Ledger is dead.
NEW YORK – Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday at a downtown Manhattan residence in a possible drug-related death, police said. He was 28.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Ledger had an appointment for a massage at the Manhattan apartment believed to be his home. The housekeeper who went to let Ledger know the masseuse was there found him dead at 3:26 p.m.
The Australian-born actor was an Oscar nominee for his role in "Brokeback Mountain" and has numerous other screen credits.
I love those "maybe" news stories. Yes, his death was possibly drug related. I could say it was a possible unicorn-related death and it’d be just as true. Kind of. But I know the New York Post will have a classy headline to go with this one and that’s the important thing. It’s always so much more shocking when it’s not a fat guy.
UPDATE: Okay, they used the same one I did, sorry Post. They add, "His apartment was strewn with pills, sources said. It was unclear if it was an intentional or accidental death."
UPDATE 2: Police officials have said that the apartment was owned by the actress Mary-Kate Olsen. They said they believed Ms. Olsen, 21, was in California and that Mr. Ledger had been living in her apartment. Ms. Olsen attended the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, for the premiere of “The Wackness,” a film in which she stars with the actor Ben Kingsley. It was not clear where she went after the film screening. A representative of Ms. Olsen said this afternoon that the apartment did not belong to the actress. "
Translation: Someone from the Times called Olsen’s publicist for confirmation. The publicist wiped the coke off her nose and was like, "Wha?? No." Calling a publicist to check facts is like calling a platypus for Chinese take out. Or something. I’m not really good with analogies.