Heath Ledger: April 4, 1979 - January 22, 2008

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One year ago today, fangirls everywhere began building shrines to Heath Ledger, who passed away at the age of 28 due to an accidental drug overdose. Just a few months before his death Heath had finished filming what would become his Golden Globe winning portrayal of The Joker, the youngest actor ever in that role.

An upcoming Nick Drake tribute album is set to feature "Black Eyed Dog" covered by Heath, and it seems almost certain that the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor this year will go to him for The Dark Knight. It really is too bad he hasn't been around, these past few months would have been non-stop parties and fun.

Peace out, Heath Ledger. Don't worry, your Heathus Christ followers will no doubt sell out theaters when The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is released. (Johnny Depp being in that certainly doesn't hurt.) Rest in peace, wherever you are.

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