From the Guardian:
The actor Heath Ledger has been found dead at a residence in downtown Manhattan, according to a New York police spokesman. He was 28.
Police spokesman Paul Browne said Ledger had an appointment for a massage at the Manhattan apartment believed to be his home.
The housekeeper who went to let Ledger know the masseuse was there found the actor dead at 3:26 pm local time.
"We are investigating the possibility of an overdose," Browne said. "There were pills within the vicinity of the bed."