There was no obvious indication of suicide, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Ledger had committed suicide. He had an appointment for a massage at the residence in the tony neighborhood of SoHo, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said. A housekeeper who went to let him know the massage therapist had arrived and found him unconscious at 3:26 p.m.
Ledger was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Brokeback Mountain in 2006. He was in the midst of filming The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. The actor recently wrapped filming the Batman Returns sequel titled The Dark Knight, in which he played The Joker. That film is currently in post-production.