The film industry is mourning the death of one of its brightest young talents. Heath Ledger, the Oscar-nominated star of the vanguard film "Brokeback Mountain," was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Tuesday.
Police say sleeping pills were found next to him.
The 28-year-old actor was found by his housekeeper who had gone to Ledger's bedroom to let him know his masseuse had arrived for an appointment, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told The Associated Press. Reports indicate that Ledger was unconscious and the housekeeper and masseuse shook him and called for help when he did not respond. An autopsy is planned for Wednesday.