I thought you lot were kidding me! Heath died thrapping over me Heath Ledger is found dead in US Brokeback Mountain earned Ledger numerous award nominations Hollywood actor Heath Ledger has been found dead at a downtown Manhattan residence, a New York Police Department spokesman has said. "He was found unconscious at the apartment and pronounced dead," a police spokeswoman said. It is not yet clear how the 28-year-old Australian actor, who earned an Oscar nomination as a gay cowboy in 2005 film Brokeback Mountain, died. He was found dead in the SoHo apartment at around 1530 (2030 GMT). Police said he had been due to have a massage at the flat. The housekeeper went to tell him the masseuse had arrived and found him dead on Tuesday afternoon, police spokesman Paul Browne told Associated Press news agency. Police said they did not suspect foul play in the death of the Perth-born actor. In September he split from his girlfriend Michelle Williams, with whom he has a two-year-old daughter, Matilda. He plays the Joker in the soon-to-be-released Batman film, The Dark Knight. I'd still stroke his barely warm corpse.