It's been ten years since Heath Ledger died of an accidental prescription overdose, and fans are remembering him in the best way.
Heathcliff 'Heath' Ledger was born in Perth, Australia in 1979 and had his feature film debut aged just 18 in Aussie-flick Blackrock. He shot to fame in America after his turn as 'bad boy with a heart of gold' Patrick Verona in teen-comedy Ten Things I Hate About You, and quickly became a mainstay of American cinema. In 2001, he won a ShoWest Award as "Male Star of Tomorrow" and his career-defining performance as Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain led him to receive his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in 2005. Ledger was just 26 at the time, making him the ninth-youngest nominee for a Best Actor Oscar ever.
It's been 10 years since we lost the beautiful, immensely talented Heath Ledger. You will forever be missed. pic.twitter.com/YkYzjSOu7k— femme fatale (@eliesaaab) January 22, 2018
Heath was said to have suffered from insomnia and had a constantly racing mind, always needing to be stimulated with work. He was a method actor who lived and breathed his roles, and fans wondered if his incredible turn as The Joker in Christopher Nolan's 2008 Batman film The Dark Knight might have left him troubled and played a part in his tragic death. For his work on The Dark Knight, Ledger posthumously won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor with his family accepting it on his behalf, as well as numerous other posthumous awards, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, which Christopher Nolan accepted for him.
it's been ten years since the world lost this beautiful soul. rest in peace heath ledger. we miss you. pic.twitter.com/jux9lRSTOw— 🔪 (@bleuvaIentine) January 22, 2018
Die-hard fans have been remembering the talented actor with thoughtful tweets, and the mother of Ledger's child Michelle Williams, a four-times Oscar nominated actress in her own right, has been supported by her best friend actress Busy Phillips who flew out to spend the difficult period with her. Heath's ex, Naomi Watts, also posted a moving tribute to him on Instagram, calling him a "beautiful soul" and a "true original". Heath will forever be remembered for his gift and by his scene-stealing roles in every single one of the films he left us with. His loss is not only a terrible tragedy for his close-knit family, but leaves every one of us worse off because we'll never get to see what else he could have created as a performer.