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Published: Monday March 17, 2014 13:30 PM EDT

2014

HEATH LEDGER, 28

The rising star and devoted dad was only 28 when he was found dead of an accidental overdose in his Manhattan residence on Jan. 22, 2008. The Australia native left behind his young daughter Matilda (with ex-girlfriend Michelle Williams) and a groundbreaking performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight, for which he won a posthumous Academy Award.