Turns Out Most Aussies Have A Very Vivid Memory Of Where They Were When Heath Ledger Died

Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You

I remember where I was when I found out that Heath Ledger had died. It was January 2008, which means I had just started Year Ten, and I still had a big celeb crush on Heath, one that had started when I first saw 10 Things I Hate About You at the age of 12.

Because we weren’t cool teenagers who drank (yet), my best friends and I had a sleepover on January 21 and we had a Heath Ledger movie marathon Candy, Two Hands and, I think, a pirated copy of The Brothers Grimm

The next morning, my older brother came downstairs and he said, “What did you girls watch last night?” and we told him, and he said that Heath Ledger was dead. I thought he was lying to upset me, but turning on the TV I had confirmation that it was true. He was dead. And I was devastated.

He died in New York, at just 28 years old (God, I’m now 28 years old), of acute combined drug intoxication, an accidental prescription drug overdose.

Heath won a posthumous Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his turn as the Joker in The Dark Knight in 2009, after being nominated for Best Actor for Brokeback Mountain in 2006.

Last night, Twitter users started reminiscing about where they were when they found out that Heath Ledger had died, thanks to a tweet from Business Insider reporter, Cameron Wilson. It’s not the anniversary of his death – that was Friday. It’s a bit late, sorry.

But it is still interesting, isn’t it, that 13 years later a certain generation of young Australians have vivid memories of where they were and how they found out about his passing. 

Some people were on holiday, or coming back from one:

And some people were far abroad when they heard the news:

This is as good an excuse as any for me to start back up my Heath Ledger marathon sleepovers. First up: 10 Things I Hate About You. Who’s coming?