Thursday, 24 January 2008

Heath Ledger only Latest in Young Hollywood Tragedies

A postmortem on the system of actor Heath Ledger proved equivocal on Wednesday, a day after the Brokeback Mountain superstar was establish asleep inside his Manhattan flat. Toxicology reports won't be accessible for at least 10 days. Prescription sleeping pills and anti-anxiety pills were establish in the house, and police said the death appeared to be inadvertent. Ledger's premature death at 28 is drawing ghoulish comparisons to new actors who died in their 20s. Among them, James Dean, who died at 24 on Sept. 30, 1955, after an automobile wreck near Paso Robles, Calif. , and almost newly, player Brad Renfro, 25, who died Jan. 15, after reportedly spending the night before drinking with friends.

The following are some new Hollywood twenty somethings who went before their moment.

• Sharon Tate, 26, was nine months pregnant when she was murdered Aug. 9, 1969, by followers of Charles Manson in Los Angeles. The "Valley of the Dolls" superstar would get turned 65 today.

• Freddie Prinze, 22, died Jan. 29, 1977, after shooting himself in Los Angeles. His boy, player Freddie Prinze Jr. , was 10 months older at the moment.

• Jon-Erik Hexum, 26, died Oct. 18, 1984, after shooting himself with a prop artillery in Los Angeles during filming of the TV series Cover Up. He was at the moment considered to be Hollywood's Next Big Thing.

• Rebecca Schaeffer, 21, who co-starred with Pam Dawber (Mork and Mindy) on the sitcom My Sister Sam, was murdered July 18, 1989, by a stalker in L. A. , prompting the country of California to enact anti-stalking laws.

• Brandon Lee, 28, died March 31, 1993, after unintentionally being shot with a prop artillery on the lot of The Crow in Wilmington, N. C. He was the boy of martial arts superstar Bruce Lee.

• River Phoenix, 23, died Oct. 31, 1993, from a drug overdose outside a club in Los Angeles.

• Jonathan Brandis, 27, who starred in Steven Spielberg's TV series SeaQuest DSV, died Nov. 12, 2003, after hanging himself in Los Angeles.

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