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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Heath Ledger Found Dead in His NY Apartment

posted by on January 22 at 13:55 PM


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Posted by exelizabeth | January 22, 2008 2:01 PM

how depressing is it that fucking TMZ gets to break this sad news

Posted by damn | January 22, 2008 2:01 PM


I wasn't ready for this one.

Posted by David Schmader | January 22, 2008 2:03 PM

huh? wha?

Posted by infrequent | January 22, 2008 2:04 PM

Damn you, Batman!

Posted by Jessica | January 22, 2008 2:06 PM

Kids, don't do smack. have a drink, smoke a doobie, but don't spike your veins

Posted by wisepunk | January 22, 2008 2:07 PM

I thought you were kidding or something. Really sad.

Posted by Yeek | January 22, 2008 2:07 PM

Any word on if this will delay the new Batman movie?

Posted by Gitai | January 22, 2008 2:08 PM

This is a James Dean situation, in every aspect. Ledger was a talented actor and he will be missed.

Posted by Ari Spool | January 22, 2008 2:09 PM

Holy shit!

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 22, 2008 2:09 PM

Wow...I'm so ashamed of myself that my first thought was: "Does this mean The Dark Knight is going to be delayed?!"

But really, this is tragic news.

Posted by Jaymes | January 22, 2008 2:09 PM

Pills. Just as deadly as smack.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | January 22, 2008 2:10 PM

I don't think anyone saw that coming.

How sad.

Posted by dkstar | January 22, 2008 2:11 PM

Such a tragedy. I would never have expected it.

Posted by arduous | January 22, 2008 2:11 PM

I'm not going to be able to watch the new Batman movie without sobbing...

Posted by Courtney | January 22, 2008 2:12 PM

@11: Me too. Damn.

Posted by Gloria | January 22, 2008 2:12 PM

Fucking heroin. All these young kids are doing it and it's killing them.

Posted by Yeek | January 22, 2008 2:13 PM

"The actor Heath Ledger was found dead this afternoon in an apartment in Manhattan owned by the actress Mary-Kate Olsen, according to the New York City police."

Why was he in Mary-Kate Olsen's apartment?! Were they dating?

Posted by arduous | January 22, 2008 2:15 PM

fuck you people. heath ledger vs. the economy. you fucks care more about heath fucking, can't act worth two shits, ledger than the economy. i suppose this is the circuses part that you vote for.

btw, anyone have them in their pool?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | January 22, 2008 2:15 PM

Oh sorry. That quote is from the NY Times.

Posted by arduous | January 22, 2008 2:16 PM

Oh Heath. I wish I knew how to quit you.

Posted by Smegmalicious | January 22, 2008 2:17 PM

I think all the Batman filming was complete but not sure.

Posted by monkey | January 22, 2008 2:20 PM

@19.... i don't see anything on here about people not caring about the economy. it is possible to care about more then one thing at any given moment. at least for people with a grain of intelligence. go to another post if you want to bitch about how your overpriced condo is going to lose value. you're an asshole.

Posted by kkl327 | January 22, 2008 2:20 PM

btw, anyone have them in their pool?


Posted by infrequent | January 22, 2008 2:20 PM

This is not happening. I was haveing a decent morning until this headline. Actors seem like a part of our family sometimes.
I am still going to enjoy his potrayal of the Joker. No matter the reality, I am going to pretend he is still with us all. Man I hate this kind of tragedy.
He is a great artist of his trade.
a recent interview about him.

Posted by North Beach | January 22, 2008 2:21 PM

Wow, this one really caught me off guard. I think I'll watch Brokeback Mountain when I get home.

To all those worried about The Dark Knight, I think it's safe to say it'll still come out on time. He was already in the middle of filming his next movie, Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (side note: Gilliam is quite possibly the most cursed of all filmmakers).

Posted by T | January 22, 2008 2:24 PM

so strange... but it's always like that. amy winehouse and britney spears are gonna live till fucking 95... and heath ledger dies at 28.

what i really wanna know is where was that troll mary-kate?

Posted by Judith | January 22, 2008 2:24 PM

Would it be gay to have anal sex with your girlfriend during Brokeback Mountain as a tribute to him?

Posted by Smegmalicious | January 22, 2008 2:26 PM

R.I.P. Ennis del Mar, we hardly knew ye.

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | January 22, 2008 2:28 PM

Weep, oh mine eyes, and cease not. Quelle tragédie.

Posted by Spoogie | January 22, 2008 2:30 PM

I was hoping it was Matthew McConahey hey hey.

Posted by yearning | January 22, 2008 2:31 PM

What an awful, sad waste of an immensely talented artist. He was one of those people who could elevate even occasional dreck (Knight's Tale? Cassanova? anyone?) to interesting places.

I am still excited to see him in Dark Knight, I think it will be a landmark performance, but it will also sadly punctuate the loss of a truly fine actor.

Posted by Billy Nilly | January 22, 2008 2:32 PM

He had a child too. I am so sad for Michelle Williams and the kid =/

Posted by Smon | January 22, 2008 2:32 PM

Awful. Just so sad. How long before the jesus freaks start saying their vengeful God killed him for daring to portray homosexuality in a positive light? In 5...4...3...2..

Posted by city kitty | January 22, 2008 2:33 PM

Looks like suicide.

Posted by kid icarus | January 22, 2008 2:35 PM

Holy shit. So sad.

His performance in Brokeback Mountain is one of the greatest I've ever, Falconetti in "The Passion of St. Joan" good, I'm not kidding.

Posted by David | January 22, 2008 2:37 PM

I am stunned.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | January 22, 2008 2:41 PM

yeah newest NY Times update says it looks like suicide.

Posted by gnossos | January 22, 2008 2:44 PM

Did he still get the massage? Ok. That's sick.

But really- Mary-Kate??? The UGLY one?

Posted by catnextdoor in albuquerque | January 22, 2008 2:45 PM

I think he's been "dating" the Olson thing...which might explain what he was doing in her apartment...or maybe he was subletting.

really, really fucked up. he WAS a good actor.

and, discussions about the economy and discussions about politics AND discussions about dead artists can all occupy the same sphere of doesn't preclude the other. And a dead actor DOES effect the economy. If he wasn't done with the Batman movie, that causes a financial impact to a multi million dollar project AND his death is very likely to add to the gross of a multi million dollar project...

everything IS money.

besides, I don't understand people who don't approve of certain threads, but then continue to lurk around and comment on them. If you don't like a thread, then don't read it.

Posted by michael strangeways | January 22, 2008 2:45 PM

Holy crap. I don't know why this was so shocking to me, but it was.

infrequent @24 -- the "dead pool". The list of the famous people you think are most likely to die next.

And @34, you're probably right, but god I hope not.

Posted by Julie | January 22, 2008 2:47 PM

If anyone needs me I will be watching A Knight's Tale and eating large amounts of chocolate...

Posted by Courtney | January 22, 2008 2:49 PM

oic... thanks.

Posted by infrequent | January 22, 2008 2:49 PM

Could he just be in a coma. With all those sleeping pills maybe he is appearing dead and unresponsive. I know it is far fetched and all, but there are cases of people who awake from these situations that are pronounced dead at the scene. Why does doctors always jump the gun and start autopsy cutting before ultimately, checking out the science behind unconciousness. It could be possible to revive someone like this. adrenalin shots something.
I am saddened and anxious by all this so I guess I am just hoping beyond hope for a miracle like the story of the guy who grabbed the nurse who was pronounced dead.

Posted by North Beach | January 22, 2008 2:49 PM

if it IS suicide, that's a pretty grand guignal gesture to off yourself on Academy Award nominations day...

he will be a legend...or at least another chapter in Hollywood Babylon.

Posted by michael strangeways | January 22, 2008 2:53 PM

in other news that actually impacts your life in real ways...

bernanke lowered rates by 3/4ths of a point today.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | January 22, 2008 2:54 PM
Posted by Bellevue Ave | January 22, 2008 2:57 PM

Wow, this is too bad.

The dude was looking rough yesterday:

Posted by Brad | January 22, 2008 2:57 PM

It's absolutely tasteless right now to speculate about what's happened here, but I have to say: I just don't buy suicide.

His career had never been better...He was 5 months away from the release of the biggest movie of his career, and was in the middle of filming with Gilliam, who he'd worked with before (Brothers Grimm) and thus presumably liked. He had a 2-year-old daughter and a seemingly grounded life in Manhattan, if such a thing is possible for a film star. He was about to get a massage, at a friend/girlfriend's house, and he chooses this exact moment to off himself?

Either it was accidental, or foul play was involved. Regardless, I loved his work and my heart goes out to his family and friends.

Posted by Matthew | January 22, 2008 3:00 PM


Who didn't already know that? Don't be so mean-spirited.

Posted by duh | January 22, 2008 3:01 PM

oh sweet jesus--i leave to get a haircut, and...
i will never get my hair cut again. i promise. this is too awful to be real. are we sure he's not just kidding?

Posted by adrian | January 22, 2008 3:01 PM

Judith @27, exactly what I thought. Britney and Amy just make me sick at this point. I wish they'd just be committed and be done with it. Things like this, and Brad Renfro dying last week are really shocking and awful.

Posted by spencer | January 22, 2008 3:01 PM

@ 18...

I think she owned the building... I don't think he was at her specific apartment... at least I hope not.

This is such a tragic loss!

Posted by sdizzle | January 22, 2008 3:03 PM


Posted by Bellevue Ave | January 22, 2008 3:06 PM

The only thing tragic is feeling some sense of loss of a celebrity who you didnt know, and could have been anyone really.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | January 22, 2008 3:11 PM

Bellevue Ave - are you really that horrible of a human being? The man is dead at 28 years old. That is a tragedy in anyone's book. Show some fucking class or shut the fuck up. I hope your condo ends up with a horrible case of toxic mold and loses all its value.

Show some respect, man.

Posted by maxine | January 22, 2008 3:13 PM

fuck you maxine. the fact is, the death of one celeb gets more fucking play than bernanke cutting rates, and thats sick. Ledger died because he had problems, but i don't pity a person who dies from killing themselves.

also, it shows what you define as class when you wish ill will upon me and my non existent condo. thats really classy, wishing financial and physical harm on someone because they don't feel any sympathy for a fucking actor that had no fucking relevance to ones daily life.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | January 22, 2008 3:18 PM

Bellevue Ave, I, too, wish you ill will. I hope you die before getting to tell your mom that you love her. While waiting for a delicious pizza that you never get to eat. In filthy underwear.

Posted by sniggles | January 22, 2008 3:24 PM

Some of you probably already know that Heath shot scenes in Seattle.

10 Things I Hate About You locations

scroll down on that page to see him in a pedal boat!

Posted by stinkbug | January 22, 2008 3:24 PM

Bellevue, here's some advice:

if you do not like what we are doing here, honoring a man's memory, then you don't have to read it, you don't have to comment on it, and you don't have to stay here and harass the rest of us. No one is forcing you to read this! You can leave now, and please do!

Posted by Courtney | January 22, 2008 3:24 PM

Bellevue Ave's douchebaggery aside, Ledger was a father, not just an actor. Just like I am sure that B.A. is a dipshit not just an asshole blogger. I would love to hear B.A. explain to his two-year old that interest rates are more important than her daddy.


Posted by maxine | January 22, 2008 3:28 PM

You know, Bellevue, you're gonna want that delicious pizza...

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 22, 2008 3:31 PM

Bellevue Ave isn't just some dipshit blogger. He has been around here forever and this is probably one of the only dipshitty things he's ever said.

And personal attachment to Brokeback Mountain aside fags, he's kinda right.

If not...entirely right.

Posted by Lake | January 22, 2008 3:32 PM

@ 61 - a tragic, yet excellent point

Posted by Courtney | January 22, 2008 3:33 PM


This is fucking SLOG at the Stranger, it covers ALL sorts of crap but tends to dwell a lot on local shit, and pop culture...if this was a blog on Business Week and a bunch of nimrods started posting stuff about dead actors, and hairless twinks and the size of presidential candidate's wive's hooters, then you'd have every right to rant and rave...

but it's not, and you don't, so quit being a dumbass troll.

what a tool...

Posted by michael strangeways | January 22, 2008 3:33 PM

Either an OD or he was really really depressed about not getting any Oscar nominations ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 22, 2008 3:39 PM

damn them aussies like dying a la james dean. ac dc's lead singer, the guy from INXS, and now this guy..

Posted by SeMe | January 22, 2008 3:44 PM


Read EVERYTHING obsessively on Slog! Comment obsessively on Slog! Suck up obsessively to Stranger staffers! Rip everything off from Slog and post it in your own blog!

Get a life, sucker.

Posted by Lake | January 22, 2008 3:44 PM

bell-ave @ 57 -- like shit-tons of others have said, many of us are able to pay attention to more than one thing at the same time. both ledger's death and the rate cuts are news, and both are paid attention to. ledger's death is of course sexier than a fed rate cut, but no less newsworthy. i know about ledger's death, but also think the .75 rate cut is economic suicide for this stupid country cuz it'll weaken the dollar, encourage more credit/spending and fuck us over in terms of inflation, oil-prices and everything shitty thing that comes with them. oh yeah -- and ledger's dead. that sucks. get off your high horse and be nice.

Posted by Judith | January 22, 2008 3:52 PM

I pray that Lake dies by auto erotic asphyxiation. And is found by the guy who was coming to deliver the best dim sum in Seattle.

Posted by sniggles | January 22, 2008 3:53 PM

uh, whatever,'re on here as often as I am...

And Schmader and I had a huge ass fight last year and just recently rebonded over our love of Nashville...

And the only things I post on MY blog that I take from the Stranger are MY comments.

Posted by michael strangeways | January 22, 2008 3:54 PM

@68 HERO OF THE BEACH! Strangeways: owned and silverbacked. You had it coming, sheezis man relax your perm. Don't you have work to do? Oh wait, I remember....

Posted by Commander McBragg | January 22, 2008 3:58 PM

gee, it's fun to attack people while hiding under different pseudonyms! But I guess I should get back to work, too, instead of criticizing other people for not working hard!

Posted by commander mcbragg or whatever the hell name im currently lurking under... | January 22, 2008 4:02 PM

strangeways, its a fucking blog so i feel compelled to point out what a bunch of idiots you all are for feeling bad about this.

maxine, was heath ledger your dad? was he the dad of your friend? See maxine, the problem with your argument is that I should feel just as bad as his family does, despite not knowing his family nor being part of it. the whole strawman of me explaining to his daughter the fact he was a pill popping actor is stupid. i'm sorry you never matured past the point of J-14 and BOP and idolize people who don't even give two fucks who you are and wouldn't mourn your death.

If this was a personal death to me I would feel sad about it like when my friend's dad died at 57 despite appearing reasonably healthy. but then again you wouldn't feel sad about that because he wasnt a celeb, he wasnt attractive, and you wouldnt recognize him. but he was the head pharmacist of S.F. General and he saved more fucking lives than Heath Ledger. thousands of meaningful people die every day, they just don't happen to be meaningful in the most vapid and removed way possible; celebrity status.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | January 22, 2008 4:02 PM

Why is always the young, hot, talented ones that go. Why not any or all of those Hollywood trolls like Britney, Paris, etc. It's events such as these (and all the other 9,999,999 reasons) that confirm to me there is no god!

Posted by Queen_of_Sleaze | January 22, 2008 4:12 PM

Yeah, like when Anna Nicole Smith died -- now THAT was a tragedy. Only the good die young.

Or not.

Posted by Fnarf | January 22, 2008 4:17 PM

It is funny how people that post on here alot criticize other people for posting alot. Is it a case of Posting Envy?

Posted by Ironic Observer | January 22, 2008 4:17 PM


What the hell? I do?

And No.

Posted by Lake | January 22, 2008 4:22 PM

Bellevue Ave, we're commenting on a news item. You might not like the news item, or think it worthy of comment, but that's YOUR opinion. I wouldn't dream of going on a thread YOU were posting on and accusing you of being an idiot for posting on it. That's dumb.

Life goes on, whether or not an interest rate has changed or an actor dies. The interest rate is going to go up and down a thousand times before you die, and a thousand famous people are going to die. It's all just words on a computer monitor.

Posted by michael strangeways | January 22, 2008 4:23 PM

What has more impact on your life strangeways? heath ledgers death or interest rates?

i think people are dumb for a. putting out seemingly heartfelt emotions for someone that they don't really know, and only because he is famous. b. for getting on my ass for pointing our how shallow that expression is. its a shallow, hollow gesture to mourn for a celebrity. if you don't do it you're an asshole, but if you do it only to not seem like an asshole then you're making hollow gestures. even if the gesture is genuine it is shallow because you didn't really know who he was and you don't make similar gestures to other people who die around you all the time.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | January 22, 2008 4:33 PM

Adrian... you're going to look very strange if you never cut your hair again. I liked Ledger's work, but let's not sacrifice our own good looks just because he's gone.

Posted by M | January 22, 2008 5:16 PM

Bellevue Ave - Did a celebrity run over your foot or kill your puppy? What is wrong about feeling bad that someone who was a well-known actor who was in films that many of us here enjoyed died at such a young age? Mourning is taking it a bit too far, I agree, but feeling genuine sympathy for his friends and family and also feeling a sense of loss that we won't get to see him really become the talent that I believe he was. Like River Phoenix, or Brad Renfro, or Kurt Cobain. It is called being a human being. It is sad when someone who has reached a certain level of success dies too young or by their own hand because it makes our toil in the muck that much more sad. How many of you have thought that if you were a rich and famous movie or rock star that your life would be perfect. Apparently, it isn't.

I think mourning loss of potential makes me deep, not shallow. I think you are overlooking the bigger picture.

Now shut up.

Posted by maxine | January 22, 2008 5:22 PM

Bellevue Ave is just jealous that he never gets invited to Mary Kate's house.

Posted by Gurldoggie | January 22, 2008 5:39 PM

...or to any other parties for that matter, because he drones on and on and on about things like interest rates. BOR-ing. No wonder he has so much time to hang around the Slog.

Posted by Gurldoggie | January 22, 2008 5:41 PM

@ 61 this is totally off topic but - Yay Nashville!!

but more to the point, it's kinda sad that this had degenerated from mourning, honoring, and remembrance of a human being to arguing about things that don't even belong here...

Posted by Courtney | January 22, 2008 6:31 PM

Bellevue Ave obviously doesn't understand the concept of compartmentalization. Personally, I can care about, oh i dunno, 20 different things a day, giving each thing the degree of attention or concern its worth to me. My list of things to give a shit about can range from #1 the economy to #8 Heath Ledger dying.

Call it personalismo, but it's perfectly normal for people to relate to or sympathize with celebrities they happen to like. If Pacino or Daniel Day-Lewis died, a lot of people who claim to not give a shit about Ledger or celebrities in general, would be crying crocodile tears. And yes, people can even empathize with second rate actors.

Posted by Jay | January 22, 2008 6:40 PM

I feel ashamed for having read all this shit.

Posted by RM | January 22, 2008 6:45 PM

ANYWAY, as we were saying: Heath Ledger died. Sad, young guy, lotta talent. Why let the thread be hijacked by some bleating ninny who tries turn the subject of every other post on here to something about himself? Hello! Yoo-hooie! Did you know I have a blog? I'm friends with "Schmader" too? Proof! I call him "Schmader" just like all his close friends do.

Oh fuggit, now I've caught the disease.

Very shocked about Heath Ledger though; this stuff usually doesn't happen to people at the peak of their career. Or in his case, he had years to go before he peaked. I was looking forward to seeing the kind of guy he'd be in his 40s. Damn, he had all the makings...

Posted by Full Nelson Reilly | January 22, 2008 6:49 PM

Jay, i am familiar with compartimentalization but this goes beyond that. the media coverage will focus on ledger ad nauseum. visit yahoo, msnbc, cnn, fox news (the worst of the whole bunch in this.) this is what is passing for pressing news. why is the standard so low?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | January 22, 2008 7:30 PM

gurldoggie, i'm happy not being invited to parties when the interests don't cater to me. are you still in high school?

i have so much time because my job is easy, im good at it, and i like hearing myself drone on about things i find important.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | January 22, 2008 7:33 PM

Heath Ledger was someone we could relate to bellevue ave, even if he was a movie star. see he did something he loved to do and got to where he was. That why some of us like those success stories. They actors are sometimes innovating. And art is just as important in our lives as the economy. Sorry about that if that frightens you.
The man was someone who is in our lives, and yes that could seem like family. He on peoples walls as posters, on our dvds, actor and film schools talk about guys like him, and there rolls have some impact on life as well.
what is with you Bellevue ave and lake and your superioity complex.
You feel as if in our mourning or being upset about death outside of our family as something Hollow? WTF?
Relax. Let people feel something deep about somebody, even if he was no mother teresa. I cannot stand it when folks get all pissy and mean when others mourn an artists death, especially actors. You act as if Politics and economy and are some god given choice for us and we have to brush aside our 'false idol' for your sanctimoniuos bullshit about the economy.
And another thing is, yes Heath Ledger was a great interesting human being of camera and on. I could argue on those points and get philisophical and all about we may not have really known him personally, but we do not know you either. O.K. I will. Heath put in hard work to entertain us and make stories into life believable. He had a name as well, just like us. He had a life. and we got to sort of share that experience.
You on the other hand will always just be Bellevue ave. Or Lake. Who the hell are you. Do you really care about the economy? Is this what you were born in life for, to attack us and help us from mourning a rockstar or actor hero. The economy going crqazy. the skys falling. so what. Half the people in Africa are dying to and that is getting no front page to your economic woes.

RIP Heath ,oh and to make Bellevue and Lake feel better RIP American Dollar.

Posted by Erik number one billion | January 22, 2008 7:40 PM

Cocaine rules!

Posted by Sherm shreds! | January 22, 2008 8:04 PM

I totally care more about Heath Ledger than the interest rate. This would be true even if he were not dead. The importance of the interest rate is ambiguous at best; no one knows if we're going into a recession, and even if we are, it's just a normal part of the business cycle. It's like getting excited and surprised the sun is coming up again. Yeah, it really sucks for some people who need to be cashing out as the market crashes. But why should I care more about them than a celebrity death?

I enjoy watching people who are good at their craft. Heath Ledger was excellent at his craft, and watching him gave me great enjoyment. And I value enjoyment in my life.

That is why Heath Ledger is more important than the interest rate cut.

Posted by exelizabeth | January 22, 2008 8:15 PM

listen. when some non-famous person dies you people are all over it with the snark. now you're all high and mighty with your "mourning" over Heath Ledger? I mean, I'm sorry he died - i liked him- but BA has a point. True, he got a little pissy about it, but he has a point.

Posted by sorry to say it | January 22, 2008 10:07 PM

Bellevue Avenue, for hogging the spotlight on three separate threads for the last 18 hours!

The morale of the story: don't invite BA to a wake 'cause he WILL have to be the center of attention.

Posted by and the winner is: | January 23, 2008 9:26 AM

Don't invite me to a wake unless there is booze.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | January 23, 2008 9:51 AM

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