From the New York Times:
The actor Heath Ledger was found dead this afternoon apartment in Manhattan owned by the actress Mary-Kate Olsen, according to the New York City police. Signs pointed to a suicide, police sources said. Mr. Ledger was 28.
At 3:31 p.m., a masseuse arrived at Apartment 5A in the building, at 421 Broome Street in SoHo, for an appointment with Mr. Ledger, the police said. The masseuse was let in to the home by a housekeeper, who then knocked on the door of Mr. Ledger’s bedroom. When no one answered, the housekeeper and the masseuse opened the bedroom and found Mr. Ledger naked and unconscious on a bed, with pills scattered around his body. They shook him, but he did not respond. They immediately called the authorities.
The police said they did not suspect foul play. The police said they believed Ms. Olsen, 21, was in California and said it was not clear why Mr. Ledger was in her apartment.
[Ed note: We hear from a reliable source that Ledger was despondent over the breakup of his relationship with Michelle Williams, whom he’d been unable to reach since before Christmas. He’d been looking forward to spending more time with their infant daughter Matilda Rose, and had even dropped out of Terry Gilliam’s new film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, to clear his schedule for Matilda.]