NEW YORK -- Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday at a downtown Manhattan residence, and police said drugs may have been a factor. 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 him know the masseuse had arrived found him dead at 3:26 p.m.
The Australian-born actor
was nominated for an Oscar
for Brokeback Mountain
where he met his wife, actress Michelle Williams, in 2005. Ledger and Williams had lived in Brooklyn and had a daughter, Matilda, until they split up last year.
Ledger was to appear as the Joker this year in The Dark Night
, a sequel to 2005’s Batman Begins
. He’s had starring roles in A Knight’s Tale
and The Patriot
and played the suicidal son of Billy Bob Thornton in Monster’s Ball