Heath Ledger is dead

Heath Ledger was unresponsive when a housekeeper found him in a Manhattan apartment Tuesday.
Heath Ledger was unresponsive when a housekeeper found him in a Manhattan apartment Tuesday.
A crowd gathers in front of the New York building where Heath Ledger died Tuesday.
A crowd gathers in front of the New York building where Heath Ledger died Tuesday.

Updated: An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday as family and colleagues mourned the death of Academy Award-nominated actor Heath Ledger.

Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday of a possible drug overdose in a Lower Manhattan apartment, the New York Police Department said. Ledger was 28.

His former girlfriend, actress Michelle Williams, who was shooting a movie in Sweden, was informed of his death late Tuesday night, a movie production company spokesman said.

Williams left early Wednesday morning with 2-year-old daughter Matilda Rose, the spokesman said. Ledger was the child's father.

Ledger was found by a housekeeper trying to wake him for an appointment with a masseuse, said police spokesman Paul Browne.

"Pills were found in the vicinity of the bed," he told CNN.

"This is being looked at as a possible overdose, but that is not confirmed yet," Browne said.

Browne later told reporters some prescription medications were found in the room, including sleeping pills.

He said the pills were not "scattered around," and he stressed that police have made no determination of the cause of Ledger's death.

No note was found and there was no indication of foul play, Browne said. Ledger was found at about 3 p.m., and was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency personnel about 3:30 p.m.

An autopsy would be conducted on Wednesday, said Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner's office.

Ledger's family on Wednesday called his death "very tragic, untimely and accidental."

"Heath has touched so many people on so many different levels during his short life, but few had the pleasure of truly knowing him," Ledger's father, Kim Ledger, told reporters while standing with the actor's mother and sister in Perth, Australia.

"He was a down-to-earth, generous, kindhearted, life-loving, unselfish individual extremely inspirational to many."

Previously: According to TMZ, Academy Award nominee Heath Ledger has died in New York.

He was found dead in his bed in one of his residences in Soho by his housekeeper at 3:35 PM ET Tuesday. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ they believe it was not a crime.

The 28-year-old has a 2-year-old daughter with former fiancee Michelle Williams.

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