Actor Ledger found dead

US film actor Heath Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment, naked in bed with sleeping pills nearby, police said. He was 28.

US film actor Heath Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment, naked in bed with sleeping pills nearby, police said. He was 28.

Police said on Tuesday there was no indication of suicide.

The Australian-born Ledger had an appointment for a massage at his residence in the upscale SoHo neighbourhood, New York police spokesman Paul Browne said. A housekeeper who went to tell him the massage therapist had arrived found him dead on Tuesday afternoon.

A crowd of paparazzi and onlookers gathered outside the building, where several police officers guarded the door. The medical examiner's office planned to conduct an autopsy yesterday.

Ledger moved to the US at 19, turned away from teen films and built a career on more challenging roles.

That led to an Oscar nomination in 2006 for his performance in Brokeback Mountain, where he met Michelle Williams, with whom he had a daughter, Matilda. - Sapa-AP

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