Best of 2008

Gone Too Soon: Stars We Lost in 2008

PEOPLE.com says goodbye to the celebs who left an indelible mark. By Cara Lynn Shultz

HEATH LEDGER

The Oscar nominee and devoted dad was only 28 when he was found dead of an accidental overdose in his Manhattan residence on Jan. 22. The acclaimed actor left behind his daughter Matilda (with ex-girlfriend Michelle Williams), and a groundbreaking performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight, which has many in Hollywood calling for a posthumous Oscar award.