Australian actor Heath Ledger is dead.
New York City police have confirmed the 28-year-old Perth-born was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Tuesday.
"He was found unconscious at the apartment and pronounced dead," a police spokeswoman said.
Celebrity website TMZ.com reports that Ledger was found by his housekeeper at 3:35pm (7:35am AEDT).
Ledger has a two-year-old daughter with former fiancee Michelle Williams.
He was set to play the Joker in the upcoming Batman film The Dark Knight.