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Heath Ledger was an Australian actor and director. After performing roles in several Australian television and film productions during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to further develop his film career. His work comprised nineteen films, including 10 Things I Hate About You, The Patriot, A Knight’s Tale, Monster’s Ball, Lollipop Chain Saw, Brokeback Mountain, and The Dark Knight. He also produced and directed music videos and aspired to be a film director. For his portrayal of Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain, Ledger won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and the Best International Actor Award from the Australian Film Institute; he was posthumously awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor, in recognition of his performance in The Dark Knight. -Wiki
Carrie Fisher, an actress best known for her starring role as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” films, died at age 60 on Tuesday, December 27, 2016.
Fisher suffered a medical emergency on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday, December 23. She was rushed to the hospital after the plane landed and was reportedly in critical condition.
It is not yet known what caused Fisher’s death. However, her condition had been well-publicized in recent years as she battled mental illness and addiction.
Fisher leaves behind a daughter, Billie Lourd, who is also an actress.
On August 11, 2014, the world lost a truly remarkable talent when actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his California home. The cause of death was later determined to be suicide by asphyxiation.
Williams was born in Chicago in 1951, the son of an automobile executive father and a former fashion model mother. He grew up in the suburbs, attending Redwood High School in Marin County, California. After graduation, he enrolled at Claremont Men’s College (now Claremont McKenna College) but left after one semester to pursue his dream of becoming a professional actor.
Williams’ acting career began with a starring role in the sitcom “Mork & Mindy,” which ran from 1978 to 1982. He quickly became known for his zany improvisational style and his facility for voices and impersonations. He went on to star in such films as “Good Morning, Vietnam” (1987), “Dead Poet’s Society” (1989), “Awakenings” (1990), “Aladdin” (1992), and “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993). He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1997 film “Good Will Hunting.”
In addition to his successful acting career, Williams was also well-known for his philanthropic work. He was a regular contributor to Comic Relief, an annual telethon fundraiser for children’s charities; he also participated in USO shows for American troops stationed abroad.
Williams is survived by his wife, Susan Schneider Williams, and three children from previous marriages: Zachary Pym Williams, Zelda Rae Williams and Cody Alan Williams. He will be sorely missed by fans around the world.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman was an American actor, director, and producer. He was considered one of the finest actors of his generation and won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005 for his portrayal of Truman Capote in Capote. Hoffman received three more Oscar nominations for his work in Charlie Wilson’s War, Doubt, and The Master.
On June 19, 2013, actor James Gandolfini died suddenly at the age of 51. The star of HBO’s “The Sopranos” was in Italy at the time of his death, reportedly to attend the Taormina Film Festival. Gandolfini’s cause of death was reported to be a heart attack.
Gandolfini’s film credits include “Get Shorty,” “True Romance” and ” Zero Dark Thirty.” He also appeared on Broadway, appearing in a revival of “God of Carnage” in 2009.
The actor is survived by his wife, Deborah Lin, and their daughter, Liliana Ruth. He also has a son from his previous marriage to Marcy Wudarski.
Brittany Murphy, an American actress and singer, died on December 20, 2009, at the age of 32. The cause of death was pneumonia, with secondary factors of iron deficiency and multiple drug intoxication.
Paul Walker, who gained fame for his role in “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, died Saturday in a single-car crash and explosion in California, law enforcement officials said. He was 40.
Walker was a passenger in a red Porsche GT drive by professional driver Roger Rodas when the vehicle crashed into a tree and exploded in Santa Clarita, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Heath Ledger was an Australian actor and director. After performing roles in several Australian television and film productions during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to develop his film career. His work comprised nineteen films, including 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), The Patriot (2000), A Knight’s Tale (2001), Monster’s Ball (2001), Lords of Dogtown (2005), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Casanova (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009). He also produced and directed music videos and aspired to be a film director. For his portrayal of Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain, Ledger won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and the Best International Actor Award from the Melbourne Film Festival. posthumously. He shared the “Best Actor” award with co-star Jake Gyllenhaal at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival
Ledger was found unconscious at his loft apartment in Manhattan’s SoHo district by his housekeeper, Teresa Solomon, and his masseuse, Diana Wolozin,  on 22 January 2008.  paramedics arrived eight minutes later but could not revive him.  On 4 February 2008, it was announced that Ledger had died of an accidental prescription drug overdose.  At 3:33 pm EST on 8 January 2008 Ledger had reportedly taken dozens of pills which included oxycodone , diazepam , temazepam , and unisom , amongst others;   later toxicology reports revealed that he overdosed on oxycodone by accidentally swallowing sleeping pills that he had placed next to him on his nightstand .
Carrie Fisher, who is best known for her role as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” movies, died today at the age of 60. Fisher had been in the hospital since December 23rd, after suffering a cardiac event on a flight from London to Los Angeles.
Fisher was born in Burbank, California, and is the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher. She made her film debut in 1975 in “Shampoo,” and earned an Academy Award nomination for her role as a nun in “The Blues Brothers.” But it was her role as Princess Leia in 1977’s “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” that made her an international star.
Fisher appeared in all three of the original “Star Wars” trilogy films, and reprised her role as Leia in 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” She also appeared in such films as “The Empire Strikes Back,” “When Harry Met Sally…,” “Soapdish,” and “The Women.”
On television, Fisher had starring roles on the sitcoms “Family Guy” and “Catastrophe.” She was also the author of several bestselling books, including 1987’s “Postcards From The Edge,” which was made into a film starring Meryl Streep.
On August 11, 2014, the world was shocked by the news that beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams had died. The 63-year-old star was found dead in his home in Tiburon, California, of an apparent suicide by asphyxia.
Williams started his career as a stand-up comedian before moving on to television and film. He rose to fame in the 1970s with his starring role in the sitcom “Mork & Mindy” and went on to appear in a string of hit movies, including “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “Awakenings,” “Dead Poet’s Society” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.” For his work in “Good Morning, Vietnam,” Williams won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. He also received Academy Award nominations for his roles in “Awakenings” and “Good Will Hunting,” winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for the latter.
In addition to his successful career, Williams was known for his generosity and kindness. He was active in many charities and was a supporter of numerous causes, including animal rights and human rights. Williams also fought addiction throughout his life; he struggled with alcohol and cocaine abuse in the early 1980s but eventually got sober. He later disclosed that he had also been dealing with depression.
Williams’ sudden death came as a shock to fans around the world. Tributes poured in from fellow celebrities, politicians and ordinary people who had been touched by his work. President Barack Obama called Williams “one of a kind” and said that he had brought joy to millions of people.