Woke up late today. Watched a couple of TV episodes. Choked down barely edible breakfast. At 2pm, stumbled out of the apartment, half starved, to the gym. At the gym after an unhealthy lunch, while chugging on unenthusiastically on a elliptical trainer, I saw on CNN this headline: “Life cut short”. And a series of pictures of a blonde dude. Oh, some celebrity died.
I couldn’t see who it was; I squinted – I was a good 3m away from the screen – then the picture of The Joker from The Dark Knight flashed on the screen and I nearly fell off the machine. What?? Heath Ledger dead???
According to the BBC:
Hollywood actor Heath Ledger has been found dead at his home in Manhattan.
“He was found unconscious at the apartment and pronounced dead,” the New York Police Department said, adding that pills were found near the body.
Police are reportedly investigating if the Australian actor – nominated for an Oscar for Brokeback Mountain – died of an overdose of prescription pills.
I still have a hard time believing that it happened. I felt very sad too because Ledger was about to make it really, really big thanks to his awesome performance as The Joker in the Dark Knight trailer. He was already big, but after The Dark Knight, he was going to be box office material. The news about drugs being involved really took me by surprise because we didn’t hear anything about drug use in his life.
It’s going to be so, so strange to watch The Dark Knight during the summer season, knowing that Ledger is no longer around … it will be like watching a ghost onscreen ….
Goodbye Heath … you were gone far too soon.
The news clip about his death: