Australian actor Heath Ledger has been found dead in New York, according to US police.
Ledger, 28, was found dead at a residence in Broome St, SoHo, by his housekeeper and a masseuse at 3.31pm local time.
The New York Post reports that Ledger died of a drug overdose.
His apartment was strewn with pills, the paper reported. It was unclear if it was an intentional or accidental death.
Ledger split last year from his fiancee Michelle Williams, with whom he has a two-year-old daughter, Matilda.
He dropped out of school at 16 and moved from Perth to Sydney and then to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.
Ledger received an Academy Award nomination for his role in Brokeback Mountain. He has recently been romantically linked to model Gemma Ward.