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Requiscat In Pace, Heath.

Ladies and gentleman, I have terrible news. Heath Ledger has been found dead in NYC.

Don't let your mind run away with you. He wasn't found in a gutter like Edgar Allan Poe or anything. Respectable news sources are not speculating about the cause of death, but that's why we have trashy blogs like TMZ, who are willing to dish on the dead as well as the living.

I'm was really shocked when I heard the news on NPR. He was only 28, and had really begun to diversify and show his range. He's become so versatile. I never knew what was coming next, and it was the best possible kind of anticipation. I was really looking forward to watching him in Dark Knight. I still am, but it'll be... different.

I've reveled in his progression as an actor. I loved him in 10 Things I Hate About You. It's actually the first DVD I ever bought. I really enjoyed the cheeky "period" style of A Knight's Tale. He blew my mind in Brokeback Mountain. After I saw him in that film I was totally in awe of him as an actor. I wanted more, and in different genres. I still want more. I'm... really not okay with him being dead.

So, in memory of Heath Ledger, I'm going to watch 10 Things I Hate About You. Wanna come? You should watch a Heath movie in it too, as an in memoriam. Which one are you putting in the player?

ETA: I have a full page of WTF HEATH posts on my f-list. :(
ETA2: TMZ had video footage of them removing his body. That's absolutely disgusting.
ETA3: I'm also really not okay with this "drug" coverage. It's just absolutely unacceptable to defame the dead.
ETA4: I really don't think he killed himself either. He was mid-filming, and I know he was troubled by his role as the Joker, but no.
ETA5: He had pneumonia, for fuck's sake! But no, it was totally just drugs. Ugh. Some days I hate journalists.

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Jan. 23rd, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Such a horrid loss. I had to keep myself from crying at work when I read about it. It's unreal.
Jan. 23rd, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
I know. I feel awful, because I realize that I'm mostly upset for all the wrong reasons. i know it's selfish, but I'm sad because I can't watch him grow as an actor anymore. He was so talented.

I feel so sorry for his family too, but mostly it's all about the movies.
Jan. 23rd, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
I hated that my post about his death was first linked to TMZ. I hate them, but they were the first site that was working and covering his death. I've since updated it.

In other news, I'm totally watching 10 Things I Hate About You.
Jan. 30th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
We totally have to go see Dark Knight together, and then weep like small children.
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