Tragic. Untimely. Shocking. The death of 28-year-old actor Heath Ledger last Tuesday was all of those things, but it also was—and still is—mysterious. A look at some of the unanswered questions:
1. How did he die?
Police found six prescription drugs—including anti-anxiety and sleeping pills—in his rented Manhattan bedroom, but the initial autopsy could not determine a cause of death. They also found a rolled-up $20 bill, but it tested negative for any illegal substance.
2. What kind of masseuse did he hire?
Diana Wolozin arrived at 2:45 p.m. on Jan. 22 to give Ledger a massage, and it was she (and a maid) who discovered his body a few minutes later. But Wolozin is not licensed as a massage therapist in New York, and the first phone call she made after finding the body was to actress Mary-Kate Olsen, who was in Los Angeles. In fact, Wolozin called Olsen three times before calling 911, and once afterward.
3. What is the Mary-Kate connection?
Wolozin used Ledger's phone to call Olsen—she was on his speed dial—and the actress in turn called her personal bodyguards in New York and ordered them to Ledger's apartment. Why? In a brief statement released late last week, Olsen said that Ledger was a "friend."
4. How will Ledger's death affect his current movie projects?
Ledger plays the Joker in the "Batman" movie out this summer, and Warner Bros. must decide what to do with the posters that show his character scribbling "Why so serious?" in blood. Ledger was still shooting the Terry Gilliam film "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus." Gilliam will either have to somehow recast his part or fold the production.
5. What in the world is wrong with John Gibson?
On his radio show, the Fox News flamethrower called Ledger a "weirdo" and used the "I wish I knew how to quit you" quote from "Brokeback Mountain" in the most tasteless way imaginable.