A New York Police Department spokesman said Tuesday that actor Heath Ledger has been found dead at a downtown Manhattan residence.
Police told The Associated Press that drugs may have been a factor.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told The Associated Press that Ledger had an appointment for a massage at the Manhattan apartment that is believed to be his home. A housekeeper went to let Ledger know the masseuse was there, and found him dead at 3:26 p.m, Browne said. Ledger’s roles included the suicidal son of Billy Bob Thornton in “Monster’s Ball” and he had starring roles in “A Knight’s Tale” and “The Patriot.” He was to appear as the Joker this year in “The Dark Knight,” a sequel to 2005′s “Batman Begins.”