Heath Ledger, 5 Years After His Death

Lindsay Lohan 'Remembers' Heath Ledger

Lindsay Lohan has paid tribute to late actor Heath Ledger on the fifth anniversary of his death. The Brokeback Mountain star was found dead in his New York apartment on 22 January, 2008 following a prescription drug overdose, leaving behind a daughter, Matilda, with his former girlfriend Michelle Williams. Lohan, who was once romantically linked to Ledger, took to her Twitter page on Tuesday to remember his passing.

She tweeted, "Rip Hl (Heath Ledger) forever in mine and 'Matty's' (Matilda's) hearts... xx L."


Heath Ledger's Death: 'Dark Knight' Actor Remembered 5 Years Later

It's hard to believe that Heath Ledger died five years ago today, at age 28, having overdosed accidentally on a cocktail of prescription drugs in his apartment in Manhattan's SoHo.

The Australian talent had only reached the cusp of what looked to be a startlingly promising career, with breakthrough performances in "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Dark Knight." They were performances that compelle Daniel Day-Lewis to commemorate his life on Oprah nd Christian Bale to break down onstage as recently as last year when remembering his co-star.

Ledger left behind daughter Matilda, now 7, with ex-girlfriend Michelle Williams, and a bevy of bittersweet memories. “I cut it for the one straight man who has ever liked short hair and I wear it in memorial of somebody who really loved it,&rdquo Williams explained n 2011 about her close-cropped hairdo, in reference to Ledger. And old flame Naomi Watts, who dated Ledger from 2002 to 2004, opened up a bit more: "He was a man who was completely full of joy, and there was a lot of laughing and affection," he told More magazine. "He was really a very special soul and made a great impact on my life -- and a great actor, but I know there was so much more to come. And it's a tragedy for his little daughter."

Heath Ledger: 10 Best Film Roles

Ennis Del Mar – Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Ledger gives a powerful, emotive performance as Ennis Del Mar, one half of a rugged Midwest cowboy duo – Jake Gyllenhall is the other – who engage in an illicit homosexual affair behind their wives’ backs. Ang Lee’s film was nominated for eight Oscars, and won three, though Ledger missed out on the Best Actor award, a fate he also suffered at the BAFTAs and Golden Globes. As a consolation, Brokeback Mountain reaffirmed Ledger’s credentials as a Hollywood leading man – though he would only go on to make four more movies.

Dan – Candy (2006)
A neglected film outside its native Australia, Neil Armfield's harrowing drug-abuse drama from 2007 is a well-kept secret: it contains Ledger's very finest work. When he's giving into the bliss of a pure heroin high, or slumps whimpering in the shower while his entire frame screams at him to fuel the addiction, the mixture of emotions that plays out on his face is extraordinarily frank and complicated. It's hard not to be curious about what well of personal experience he may, or must, have tapped in this performance. But it's even harder to deny, having seen it, that Ledger was an amazing actor.

Bob Dylan – I'm Not There (2007)
Todd Haynes's 2007 biopic about Bob Dylan featured several famous faces portraying the American singer-songwriter in different guises. Ledger played Robbie Clark, a character who represented Dylan experiencing a very painful break-up with his wife Sara during the mid-Seventies. Clark is a bottle of anger and heartache, a man who has rocketed to fame and is struggling to connect his personal, family life with his very public life. It's perhaps not Ledger’s finest role, but it is an admirably convincing performance.

The Joker – The Dark Knight (2008)
There has never been a performance quite like Ledger’s as the Joker. From the second he lopes into view, greasy hair swept back with a careless hand, he dominates every scene in which he appears, exhibiting a ferocious energy and a genuinely terrifying sense of threat. “Why so serious?” he snarls, his sad, scarred face filling the screen. It’s acting on a highwire, and absolutely compelling.

Tony – The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
Heath Ledger died a third of the way through the filming of Terry Gilliam's 2009 fantasy, forcing the director to radically rethink the rest of the movie. Ledger plays the mysterious Tony, an amnesiac philanthropist, who is found hanging from a tree by a troupe of actors. After Ledger's death, Gilliam decided to morph the character into different bodies, played by Jonny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell, who all stepped in at the last minute. Ledger's Tony is a confused, charming, seductive and wayward soul, with some obvious parallels to the Australian actor himself.

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RIP Heathus.