Heath Ledger Found Dead
Pills discovered near body of Brokeback Mountain star: NY cops
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2008 4:06 PM CST
Australian actor Heath Ledger arrives for the screening of his latest movie "I'm Not There" in competition at the 64th Venice Film Festival, in Venice, Italy, in this Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007 file photo....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Actor Heath Ledger was found dead today in his home in downtown Manhattan, the AP reports. The Australian native, an Academy Award nominee for his performance in Brokeback Mountain, was 28. Police said pills were "scattered around the room," WCBS-TV in New York reported, and the death may have been drug-related.

Ledger had an appointment for a massage, and his housekeeper found him dead at 3:26pm. Ledger split last year from actress Michelle Williams, the mother of his daughter, who was born in 2005. He most recently starred in I'm Not There as one of six incarnations of Bob Dylan and was to appear in the next Batman movie as the villain, the Joker.