January 22, 2008, Ledger was found dead in his fourth-floor apartment at 421 Broome Street in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Police said they found prescription medication in the bathroom and that there were "no obvious signs" of suicide, nor did they suspect foul play.
An initial autopsy on January 23 proved inconclusive at determining Ledger's cause of death. The medical examiner's office stated it will take about 10 days to complete the investigation. Early reports state that it appears that Ledger died from an accidental overdose of prescription medications.
With his death the marketing campaign for The Dark Knight will be adversely affected by it but definitely as it begins to show in July if it will be finally released... it will be a sure hit. It will be his last movie and movie goers around the world will not miss a chance to see him perform as The Joker.
Ledge was also seen in various movies but what made him a star of his kind was his role in Brokerback Mountain. It was a role which earned him a nomination and an award for best actor.
In Yahoo searches, the fate of the film and the look of Ledger's bruised bad guy have electrified searchers. After news broke of Ledger's shocking death, queries for "heath ledger" catapulted upwards. The next most sought-out search was "heath ledger joker." Since his death, demand for the actor's portrayal of the criminal mastermind has surged nearly 3,600%.
Over the past week, there were massive spikes in terms like "batman the dark knight joker," "heath ledger joker pictures," and "heath ledger as the new joker." General queries, such as "dark knight movie" and "batman the dark knight trailer," have skyrocketed.
Ledger's death is also a reminder to all of us that life is too short and one day you are alive and jolly and the next day you are just a pigment of memory.
Farewell Heath Ledger!