Academy Award nominated actor Heath Ledger died today of a possible drug overdose involving sleeping pills in New York, police have confirmed. Ledger was taking sleeping pills after completing I'm Not There, in which he played one of the many incarnations of singer Bob Dylan.
The Australian actor had generated considerable positive buzz for his turn as the Joker in the upcoming fanboy wet dream The Dark Knight, but his filmography includes such varied pics as A Knight's Tale, Monster's Ball, The Patriot , 10 Things I Hate About You, and Brokeback Mountain, for which he got the Oscar nomination.
Ledger revealed to The New York Times in a November interview that he "stressed out a little too much'' during the Dylan film, and had trouble sleeping while portraying the Joker , whom he called a "psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy"."Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night," Ledger told the Times."I couldn't stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going."He said he took two Ambien pills, which only worked for an hour", the paper said.
"We are all deeply saddened and shocked by this accident,'' Ledger's publicist, Mara Buxbaum, said in a statement tonight.
condolences go out to his family, friends and fans of this promising young actor.