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I'm In Shock

This is already all over my Friends List, but actor Heath Ledger was found dead this afternoon. MSNBC is being more vague, but The NY Times is stating it may be a suicide. (Though it seems accidental overdose is more likely.) Even though I wasn't a huge fan, I did enjoy much of his work and I'm left thinking he leaves behind a very young daughter and a career that was set to take off after the release of the next Batman film. If he accidentally overdosed, it's far too reminiscent of River Phoenix, if he did commit suicide, it shows that talent, wealth, and fame doesn't mean happiness and more people need to look our culture of celebrity worship.

ETA: CNN Headline News has, apparently, devoted the last half hour news block to Heath Ledger's death and are waiting for his body to be brought out. I am absolutely sickened. Not just because they are acting as sleazy as the tabloids, but that, as tragic as this event is, there is more important news going on in the world. I haven't watched much CNN in the past couple years, but I'm definitely through watching this 'news' channel in the future.
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Oh God, I am so sad about this. I really really liked Heath, from back when I saw him in The Patriot. He is just not one of those celebs that I expected to die. Poor little Matilda. :(
He's one of those actors you didn't hear much about, probably because he opted to live in New York rather than LA and only went to Hollywood events when he had to. I hate to say it, but if Britney Spears were found dead no one would really be shocked at this point.

I love the film A Knight's Tale and was looking forward to his turn as The Joker. I just feel like this is River Phoenix all over again.
NBC News opened with the economy, presidential debates, and world news. I was torn between wanting to know more about Heath, and being glad those were their priorities.
ABC News opened with the economy, shrinking 401ks, and the debate last night. After all that, they did a very nice tribute to Heath. It is certainly news, but it's not THE news.
Oh, man, someone was not thinking. My local radio station announced that Fred Thompson had dropped out of the presidential race, which I already knew, and then said something about "and this just in". Then I almost felt sorry for Fred who couldn't even score decent press dropping out of the race.

If it were a drive-off-the-road-breaking-news-story-from-New-York, they wouldn't have gone to commercial.

OK, my bad. I don't know why I ever gave thought to granting the media an ounce of intelligence.

I'm really hating this Headline News guy who keeps talking about interviewing Heath recently and how he seemed jittery and he hadn't showered and his hair was greasy. As if that's a complete explanation of his death. Ugh, shut up man!
Sigh. And none of that could be because he just rolled out of bed and had no coffee yet. CNN is going on the list with FOX News as networks to skip over.
This is Headline News though. CNN Original Recipe is handling things much better than this!
I had a dream once that Heath and I were roommates once. It wasn't exactly the central theme of the dream, more like a random cameo, but he seemed like a really nice roommate to have, kindly and unobtrusive. Your LJ is the first I've heard about this.
CNN Headline News has, apparently, devoted the last half hour news block to Heath Ledger's death and are waiting for his body to be brought out. I am absolutely sickened.

Seriously. Brings me back to when River Phoenix died and someone took pics of him in the fucking casket. I once accidentally stumbled across it. I seriously wish I could unsee that.