Even after 11 years of Heath Ledger’s death, the wound still remains fresh for all the Joker fans. Not only was the film, The Dark Knight a turning-point of perception for comic book movies, but the actor's performance also went on to become a defining iteration of the DC Comics villain, which ultimately earned him a posthumous Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on January 22, 2008, months before the world saw one of the most-loved villain there ever has been-the Joker.
Remembering Ledger 11 years after his death, fans took to social media to share emotional posts and the ground-breaking characters Ledger gave us in his short lifetime.
One fan tweeted,“On the 22nd of January of 2008, we not only lost an outstanding actor but also a beautiful soul. Rest in peace, we love you and you’ll never be forgotten. All of your work is still very present in the film industry and in our hearts,”
On #OscarNoms day, we remember Heath Ledger who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as The #Joker in 2008’s #Batman film The Dark Knight.— Darknight Archivist ✌🏼💙🦇 (@HistoftheBatman) January 22, 2019
Ledger passed away on this day in 2008. Learn about his legacy to the Joker figure https://t.co/hOrobWMmGF pic.twitter.com/u8M7Mat7LH
Another rwote, On #OscarNoms day, we remember Heath Ledger who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as The #Joker in 2008’s #Batman film The Dark Knight.
Another also shared a quote of Ledger himself, the quote read, “Never give up on the things in life that make you smile,” another person tweeted, quoting Ledger.
“Never give up on the things in life that make you smile”— harman. (@woIgang) January 22, 2019
(April 4, 1979 - January 22, 2008) pic.twitter.com/884Bt2vW3Z
When Ledger died, speculations travelled around the internet that blamed his deep dive into the Joker character as having contributed to his death, this claim has been dismissed by one of Ledger’s co-stars in The Dark Knight. The actor's official cause of death still remains uncertain.