They found actor Heath Ledger dead in his Manhattan apartment today. A drug overdose is suspected, because they found prescription and non-prescription pill bottles around him. The guy was only 28, and has a 2-year-old daughter. He was so talented, and it makes me ponder what gets a person to this point.
The contrast between Ledger and Britney Spears is worth noting, I think. Here's an extremely talented actor, with little to no press about his partying, depression, or any bad behavior (there may have been incidents, but nothing like the antics of Spears). Most of us are shocked at this, because we'd heard nothing that would lead us to think he was at risk of suicide (whether intentional or unintentional). On the other hand, Spears is growing increasingly bizarre and irrational in her behavior. I'm no psychologist, but that tells me that she is ASKING for this attention and actually wants help. Ledger's quiet spiral into the depths of depression is even more sad to me, because he was unable to get help when he needed it.
I always find it sad when someone with so much talent, or anyone else, for that matter, ends up destroying themselves. Maybe this will help people see that no one is immune from depression, and there's nothing wrong or embarrassing about seeking help. It could save your life!