Hollywood reeling after Heath Ledger dies at 28

January 23rd, 2008 - 12:22 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Nicole Kidman

Melbourne, Jan 23 (ANI): Hollywood has been left in a state of shock after the death of Aussie actor Heath Ledger at the age of 28. Stars like Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett expressed their disbelief over the news.

Gibson told Entertainment Tonight website of his grief over the news.

“I had such great hope for him. He was just taking off and to lose his life at such a young age is a tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family,” News.com.au quoted the actor, as telling the site.

Oscar winner Cate Blanchett said in a statement: I am shocked and very saddened by the news. I deeply respect Heaths work and always admired his continuing development as an artist.

My thoughts are with his family and close friends.

Actress Nicole Kidman, who is best pals with Ledgers ex Naomi Watts said: What a tragedy. My heart goes out to his family.

James Schamus, CEO of Focus Features and the the producer of Brokeback Mountain was equally saddened at the news, stating: “Heath Ledger was a courageous actor, and a great soul. He gave us the gift of sharing his fearless and beautiful love of his craft, and of all who worked with him for which all of us will be eternally grateful.”

In a statement issued by Warner Bros., which is producing Ledgers last movie The Dark Night, Alan Horn, president and chief operating officer of Warner Bros., and Jeff Robinov, president of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, said: “The studio is stunned and devastated by this tragic news. The entertainment community has lost an enormous talent. Heath was a brilliant actor and an exceptional person. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.”

Ledger was found dead in a New York apartment in the trendy Manhattan area of SoHo on Tuesday, Jan 22. (ANI)

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