I don't know who had Heath Ledger on their death watch list for this year, but he was found dead in his apartment today of an apparent drug overdose.
I don't know how this effects the new Batman movie. He was cast as the Joker. I don't know if they have started filming yet, or if they have finished, or if they are in the middle. I guess if they are in the middle of filming, at least he was the Joker, so they can slap enough make up on some other actor and get away with it.
Anyway, it's a shame to see someone throw their life away at such a young age.