By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 22, 2008 at 4:53AM
NEW YORK (AP) ‚Äî Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday at a downtown Manhattan residence in a possible drug-related death, police said. He was 28.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Ledger had an appointment for a massage at the Manhattan apartment believed to be his home. The housekeeper who went to let Ledger know the masseuse was there found him dead at 3:26 p.m.
The Australian-born actor was an Oscar nominee for his role in "Brokeback Mountain" and has numerous other screen credits.
How horrible. Sad. Regrettable. Ledger was just moving into the height of his powers. His work in the trailer to Dark Knight looks creepy and good. His Oscar-nominated performance in Brokeback Mountain revealed a deep sadness that must have been inside him. It's a terrible waste of a major talent who should have had a long career ahead of him. He had broken up with Michelle Williams, with whom he had a daughter. I've always been fond of this paparazzi shot from happier days.
[Originally appeared on Variety.com]