Heath Ledger 1979 - 2008
Author: Daniel Crichton-Rouse
Wednesday, 23 January 2008
It's a terrible loss to the film world, both Australian and international - Ledger died right at the prime of his career, and at such a young age.
After appearing in a handful of local TV shows early in his career, Ledger made his mark on the silver screen in 1999's Ten Things I Hate About You (including his memorable on-screen rendition of Can't Take My Eyes Off You). A string of successful roles followed, in films such as Two Hands, The Patriot, Monster's Ball and A Knight's Tale, before his role in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. The next year he gave us The Brothers Grimm and then the gritty local hit, Candy.
His cause of death is unconfirmed at going to print, although the actor had been suffering pneumonia and was taking prescribed sleeping pills. Foul play was ruled out almost immediately.
He leaves behind his two-year-old daughter, Matilda Rose.