Heath Ledger, dad to Matilda Rose, 2, was found dead at his New York residence on Tuesday, a police spokesman confirmed to the Associated Press.
The NYPD spokesman tells AP that Heath, 28, had a massage appointment at his Manhattan apartment yesterday afternoon. When the housekeeper went to alert Ledger the masseuse was there, she found him dead at around 3:26 p.m.
The Australian actor, 28, was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in 2005 for “Brokeback Mountain.” It was on this set that he met and, according to friends, fell “in love at first sight,” with actress Michelle Williams.
Together, they welcomed baby Matilda on Oct. 28, 2005. Heath and Michelle split in 2007.
American women, myself included, fell head over heels for Heath when he starred in the teen romance “10 Things I Hate About You” in 1998. On a personal note, he was my first celebrity interview, when I worked at Daily Variety, my first writing job, and was very kind to me even though I was very obviously nervous.
More details to come on the cause of Heath’s death. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.