Very sad news indeed, a very young actor (29) and it looked as though his role as "The Joker" in the upcoming "The Dark Knight" could have been his best yet!
Source: SKY News
"A spokesman said Ledger had an appointment for a massage at the apartment in the trendy SoHo neighbourhood.
The housekeeper went to tell Ledger the masseuse had arrived and found him dead.
The 28-year-old Australian-born actor received an Oscar nomination for the hit film Brokeback Mountain.
Ledger met his wife, actress Michelle Williams, on the set in 2005.
They lived in Brooklyn and had a daughter, Matilda, but split up last year.
A crowd of paparazzi and onlookers gathered outside the building on Tuesday evening, where several police officers guarded the door.
Ledger played the suicidal son of Billy Bob Thornton in Monster's Ball and had starring roles in A Knight's Tale and The Patriot.
He was to appear as the Joker this year in the latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight, a sequel to 2005's Batman Begins.
Sky's entertainment correspondent Matt Smith said: "He was not someone who troubled the headlines - he and his partner kept out of the limelight."