Brokeback Mountain Star Heath Ledger Found Dead; INTERNATIONAL

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Brokeback Mountain Star Heath Ledger Found Dead; INTERNATIONAL


Byline: By Christine Kearney

Actor Heath Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment last night, possibly of a drug overdose, New York City police said.

The Australian-born Ledger, aged 28, who was nominated for an Oscar last year for Brokeback Mountain, was found dead by a housekeeper at his apartment in the trendy Soho suburb, police spokesman Paul Browne said.

"We are investigating the possibility of an overdose," Officer Browne said. The housekeeper found Ledger at 8.30pm GMT and tried to wake him for his appointment to have a massage, Officer Browne said. As far as he knew, only Ledger and the housekeeper were in the apartment.

"There were pills within the vicinity of the bed," he said.

Ledger was nominated as best lead actor for his role as a gay cowboy in Brokeback Mountain, but the award went to Philip Seymour Hoffman for his role as Truman Capote.

The handsome star was reported last year to have broken up with his longtime companion, actress Michelle Williams, who played his wife in Brokeback and was the real-life mother of the actor's young daughter, Matilda. …

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