So, I saw it in the subject line on a message board I frequent, and my first thought was to hit up Snopes, to find out that it was just another of the biweekly "celebrity dies in car crash" hoax-scares.
Ten seconds and a Wikipedia headline later, and I find out that Heath Ledger died.
I've always liked Mr. Ledger's work. I dug "10 Things I Hate About You," I liked "A Knight's Tale" (though I've never cared for the soundtrack)--heck, I was a fan of "Roar" in its first run. I haven't yet seen "Brokeback Mountain," but I probably will soon, given recent events.
When the newest "Dark Knight" trailer hit, I said excitedly that any fears I'd had about Ledger as the Joker had been totally assuaged. While I'm still excited to see his performance, I wish it would be under less morbid circumstances. Finding out that he was working on a project with Terry Gilliam only adds to the tragedy of his untimely demise.
My condolences go out to Mr. Ledger's family and friends.