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Heath Ledger, 28

The Brooklyn Paper

Actor Heath Ledger’s former Boerum Hill neighbors streamed to the Dean Street home he once shared with actress Michelle Williams in the hours after the star’s sudden death in Manhattan on Tuesday at age 28.

In addition to candles (pictured, top), one mourner left a teddy bear and a note for Williams that read, in part, “I know thing [sic] are tough right now, but god doesn’t give us nothing we can’t handle. Stay strong ’cause your baby needs you more than ever. Just remember he loved you and your baby very much. God bless you!!”

On Wednesday, Williams’s mother, Carla (bottom), walked past the gathered media crews and into the house to await her daughter’s arrival later that night — with baby Matilda — from a film set in Sweden.

Though Ledger’s death brought to mind the loss of fabled young Hollywood icons of the past, his decision to move to Boerum Hill at the peak of his fame, and thoroughly embrace the normalities of Brownstone Brooklyn life, will forever set him apart.

Ledger’s eternal status as a Brooklynite was suggested by Borough President Markowitz, who issued a statement on Tuesday that spoke for grieving fans:

“The sudden and tragic death of former Brooklynite Heath Ledger is sad news to his fans and movie lovers in Brooklyn,” Markowitz said. “My condolences go out to Mr. Ledger’s loved ones as we mourn the passing of this huge talent taken from us far too soon.”

Heath speaks! Read our interview with Ledger from 2006.

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nesconset from J Lazzaro says:
sending coldolences to Ledger family... Deepest sympathy to Ledger family, his ex- girlfriend, their daughter.. You're in my prayers... JL Nesconset
Feb. 4, 2008, 10:40 am
Gisele from Staten island says:
This hole pill —— sucks y dose the goverment stop putting —— out there like this it's like" here go kill yourselves we don't care as long as we get are money " that's how it feel to me anyway. Love gisele
Aug. 4, 2012, 10:08 am
Gisele from Staten island says:
Wat is it going to take for the DEA to realize that these xanax ambines and Roxys and oxycotins r killing ppl cuz the high is nice and once it wares off u just keep taking more and more to try and keep the high going Heath we miss and love you may u rest in peace and I hope heaven is as good as god says it is so smile down on us and remember that we will always love and miss you take care up there till the day u see your family again Love GISELE
Aug. 4, 2012, 2:37 pm

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