Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Shocking and sad news

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!  

7 comments:

shrbrisc said...

they are saying on fox news that it was a accidental death but sad all the same
hugs
Sherry

luvrte66 said...

I think we have to wonder, Sherry, just how accidental it was....

Beth

queeniemart said...

yes, this is awful.....i feel badly for his ex girlfriend and his family and that sweet little girl of his...this was a shock. Last week i read that AP has already written out Spears obit....well, i want to write about her sometime because i think it is a shame what she has turned into. All i ever think about is WHAT ABOUT YOUR SONS, Britney?!
lisa

luvrte66 said...

From what I've heard, Lisa, every celebrity already has their obit written. Pre-death prep, I guess? Just another reason to NOT be a celebrity...I don't want my obituary written until it's needed!

Beth

deshelestraci said...

This and Fred dropping out all in the same day?!  Not good!
Traci

rdautumnsage said...

I was saddened to hear this news. I always thought he was a talented actor. It was one of those things were you knew if he was going to be in the film it would be worth watching....So young too....

For whatever reasons if it wasn't accidental, or was because of all the prescriptions, it's so not worth taking those chances with your life to please the majority. A single life is worth far more than the notiety. (Hugs) Indigo

luvrte66 said...

Agreed, Indigo.

Beth