Gone Too Soon: Looking Back On Heath Ledger's Life On What Would've Been His 33rd Birthday (PHOTOS)

It's hard to believe that it's already been four years since the world lost one of the acting greats. Heath Ledger passed away on January 22, 2008 after his housekeeper found him unconscious in his bed. The actor was 28.

Today, April 4, Heath would be 33 years old. Known for his roles in A Knight's Tale, Brokeback Mountain and Dark Knight, the actor's legacy lives on in his movies and through his six-year-old little girl Matilda Ledger

Heath's ex and mother to his daughter Michelle Williams recently commented on the late star's tragic and sudden passing.

She told GQ's January issue of morning the Oscar winner's death: 

"It was making me crazy. I felt like I was going crazy. It was too much -- trying to deal with what had happened and trying to deal with what was at our doorstep. I just felt trapped. And it's not just me -- there's somebody else who I'm trying to protect, and I can't. I can't make it stop, I can't make it go away. Trying to find ways to explain it or shield her from it. It's like you're trying to go about your life, and make dinner...but the roof is off of your house, and the walls are falling down."
In 2009, Heath won an Academy Award for his role as the Joker in Dark Knight, a part some speculate caused him to gain insomnia and possible drug use. "This award tonight .... validated Heath's quiet determination to be truly accepted accepted by you all here, his peers, in an industry that he so loved," Ledger's father, Kim, said, accepting the Oscar on his son's behalf with Ledger's mother, Sally Bell, and the actor's sister, Kate Ledger. "We have been truly overwhelmed by the honor and respect bestowed on him with this award," Sally Bell said.



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  • may

    FYI I think you meant mourning, not morning... just a little difference.

  • lolo

    Why do you have to bring up Michelle Williams if this is a "what would've been" article about Heath Ledger? Or if you're just looking back then why mention only her and none of his other famous exes too - Lisa Zane, Heather Graham, Naomi Watts, Gemma Ward etc? If you didn't know Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams were broken up when he died and he was in a relationship with aussie model Gemma Ward. I'm getting sick of the media treating Michelle Williams like a widow. Can't read an article about Heath Ledger without her name attached to it. Normally I wouldn't care so much but they were broken up for some time, not at all on good terms, AND he had moved on with his life before he died You should've posted a picture of Heath and his little daughter Matilda instead.

  • RobN

    28 and looked 48. He's lucky he lasted as long as he did.

  • caring1

    Heath will never be forgotten, he is a legend!!!