Closing Credits: Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger, playing the Joker in the upcoming Batman Begins sequel The Dark Knight, has been found dead.
He was found unconscious in an apartment in Manhattan at about 20:30 GMT/UTC, 15:30 local time, and police say that his death may be drug related.
I'm truly shocked by the news from the Associated Press through the BBC and when I was told I had to ask them to repeat the name.
Heath Ledger was at the peak of his career and a superb actor. He won an Oscar for his role in Brokeback Mountain and film fans are eagerly awaiting his appearance in the upcoming Batman film The Dark Knight.
He'll be sorely missed by film fans and our thoughts are with his family.