I was shocked when this popped up on CNN. I'm a film buff and I loved him in "Brokeback Mountain." I was also looking forward to his turn as the Joker in the Batman sequel. Gosh. I'm just saddened and bummed by that more than I expected.
So far all I've seen about it is a terse AP release and the brief announcement on CNN. He was apparently found dead in a downtown Manhattan residence.