Photo: Dima Gavrysh/AP

I woke up particularly early this morning, around 8AM Melbourne time (4PM NYC time). Normally, the first thing I do when I wake up is check my email. It’s a habit that I don’t really mind doing.

Anyway, the first thing that stared back at me when I opened my inbox was an email from Yelena, simply saying “OMG” and then a link to this article.

I then proceeded to read the article and soon found out that Heath Ledger had died around 3:30PM NYC time. I couldn’t believe it, really. An actor here one day, and then gone the next. I was really looking forward to his impersonation of The Joker in the next installment of the new Batman movies, The Dark Knight.

The Dark Knight was the last film he completed. He was currently filming The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Who knows what’s going to happen with that film’s production now…

Photo: David Karp/AP

This photo of Heath Ledger being transported on a stretcher out of his SoHo apartment is haunting. I can’t get this image out of my head.

Heath Ledger’s IMDB profile has been updated with his date of death. And you can bet that the Wikipedia entry on him is buzzing with activity. Thanks to everybody who sent me the news and photos throughout the day.