Celebrity gossip site TMZ is reporting that The Dark Knight star Heath Ledger has died. He was found in bed. Prescription pill bottles were in the room. No other information has been released. We’ll have updates as they are released.
The MovieSnobs staff would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends, and coworkers. We are fans of Ledger’s work and have been anxiously anticipating his turn as the Joker in this year’s The Dark Knight.
UPDATE: Warner Bros. (the production company behind The Dark Knight) has released a statement:
The studio is stunned and devastated by this tragic news. The entertainment community has lost an enormous talent. Heath was a brilliant actor and an exceptional person. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.
Rumors are flying about the circumstances surrounding Heath’s death, but the MovieSnobs staff will be holding off sharing any information with our readers until it has been confirmed out of respect for the talented young actor.
UPDATE (1/28/08): The results of the autopsy were inconclusive and more tests are being run. While the press runs with the tabloid angle on his death, fans all over the world have been memorializing Heath and his career.
UPDATE (2/6/08): Heath’s death has been ruled accidental.
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