#16 Heath Ledger
Born: April 4th, 1979
Died: January 22nd, 2008
Age at death: 28
Cause of death: Acute combined drug intoxication
One of the most popular celebs who died young was Heath Ledger. On the afternoon of January 22nd, 2008, the actor was found unconscious in his bed by his housekeeper, Teresa Solomon, and his masseuse, Diana Wolozin, in his loft in Manhattan, New York. When paramedics and emergency medical technicians arrived at the scene, Ledger was pronounced dead.
According to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York, Ledger died “as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine.” The manner of death was ruled to accidental due to the abuse of prescribed medications.
Ledger played the role of Joker in the 2008 Batman film The Dark Knight, which was released six months after his death. His performance in the Christopher Nolan-directed movie earned him a supporting-actor Academy Award. Ledger also received numerous acting recognitions for his portrayal of Ennis Del Mar in the 2005 movie Brokeback Mountain, including an Oscar nod.