24 January 2008

Heath Ledger 1979-2008

Heath Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008)

It's hard not to miss all the media coverage of Heath Ledger. I was quite stunned hearing it on the news yesterday (Wednesday) morning before I left for work. It was on the front page of every Australian newspaper this morning.

I remember Heath Ledger in the 1996 series Sweat. He was actually quite good. One could tell that he and Martin Henderson would be rising stars.

Of course, he will probably be best remembered for his 2005 role in Brokeback Mountain.

One of my favourites is the under-rated 2003 film, The Order (released as The Sin Eater in Australia)

Even the Australian Prime Minister issued a statement

Heath Ledger

23 January 2008

It was with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of Heath Ledger.

It is tragic that we have lost one of our nation’s finest actors in the prime of his life.

Heath Ledger’s diverse and challenging roles will be remembered as some of the great performances by an Australian actor.

Our thoughts are with Heath’s family and close friends, especially his two-year old daughter Matilda.

Media contact: 02 6277 7744

Extensive coverage in
- Sydney Morning Herald
- People
- New York Times
- news.com.au (Murdoch Australian press)
which had to index their collection of articles etc

Rest in Peace.

As far as excitement goes, at work, today was one of those days. The departmental secretary presented awards this morning, which was followed by a free barbeque lunch. A cheap lunch of sausages and bread (in Australia, called a 'sausage sizzle'). As if a free lunch wasn't enough for one day, our boss also had her birthday today so her section heads put on an afternoon tea.

Aside from all the food, a rather complex issue dating back to 1994 reared its ugly head again. Argh! This could get messy. But as far as work goes, it is a bit of excitement.

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