Whenever a celebrity dies, there is more often than not a huge outpouring of grief as their fans come to terms with the loss of their idol. Social media will become inundated with memorials, photos and videos of the star as the fans collectively grieve together.
The fact that we are bombarded with every detail of our favourite celebrities lives leads us to believe we have an intimate connection with them. Therefore, when we finally lose them, we feel like we’ve lost a tiny part of us, which is associated with a certain time in our lives.
As most celebrities are never too far away from a camera lens, you are now able to timestamp the very last moments of any celebrity.
On January 22nd, 2008, Ledger’s masseuse arrived at his apartment to find him unresponsive. Sadly, the 28-year-old had died of an accidental overdose of painkillers, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medication and other prescription drugs.
The above photo was taken while he was shooting scenes for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus just days before his death.