01/23/2008 at 11:00 AM EST
Supermodel Helena Christensen is another who is distraught over the untimely death
of her friend Heath Ledger.
"He was such a special and genuine person, so extraordinarily talented because he was so raw and honest with his feelings," Christensen, 39, tells Women's Wear Daily
. "He was so full of life, so electric."
Ledger, she says, was "a sweet, smart and talented young man and had many friends. My heart goes out to his family. I am just beyond sad at this point, and shocked."
She also says that she was about to see the 28-year-old actor when she heard of his death. "I was on my way over to pay him a visit when I found out," she says. "I had just left him a message and heard his voice on the machine."
After his split
last September from Michelle Williams, the actor was spotted out with Christensen, prompting speculation that they were dating. Not so, the supermodel told PEOPLE,
explaining they were just friends.
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