As you must surely know by now, actor Heath Ledger was found dead in a New York apartment yesterday afternoon. (I assume it was his, but I saw one report that claimed the apartment belonged to the actress Mary Kate Olsen.) Police are investigating at this time, but it will indeed be a tragedy if his death is ruled a suicide. On the outside it seemed he had so much going for him: an Oscar nomination a couple years ago for Brokeback Mountain, critical buzz for the recent I'm Not There, and his upcoming role as devious psychopath The Joker in The Dark Knight.
Like numerous actors before him (James Dean, River Phoenix, and the recently deceased Brad Renfro come to mind), he is gone seemingly too soon.