Heath Ledger was a handsome, talented star hailing from Australia. From The Patriot to The Joker in the forthcoming The Dark Knight, this...

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The death of Robin Williams shocked fans the world this week, but sadly, he is but one of many stars to have passed away many years too soon.

For all the joy he brought to millions of lives, the actor battled substance abuse and severe depression at various points in a life cut short by his own choice.

He is far from alone. Be it from severe illness, addiction or other tragic circumstances, some of the stars who shone the brightest also met untimely ends.

Paul Walker
Paul Walker died in a car accident on November 30, 2013. He left behind a daughter and a burgeoning film career.

From Robin Williams' suicide to Philip Seymour Hoffman's overdose, Paul Walker's car crash and others that remain cloaked in mystery, it's not a short list.

Their respective careers, however, remain etched in history. They may be gone from the world we inhabit, but their legacies live on, each and every day.

Robin, Philip and so many others who tragically passed on have left their marks on this world, and having touched us all, will always have a place in our hearts.

Scroll through our list of 23 shocking celebrity deaths above as we look back on some of the famous and talented individuals who we lost far too early.

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Paul Walker and Philip Seymour Hoffman's untimely deaths left voids in their unfinished projects.

While the Fast & Furious franchise opted to use Walker's real-life, non-acting brother to finish up, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay​ will go on with a computer-generated image of Plutarch Heavensbee in Hoffman's place. 

None of that would matter had those men had their very own celebrity doppelgänger. 

And after creating this celebrity look-alike gallery, we're sort of shocked no one tapped Joseph Gordon-Levitt to fill in for Heath Ledger. (Just wait until you get to #7 and see what we mean.)

Prepare to have your mind blown, ladies and THGers. These 19 celebrity look-alikes are so similar you won't believe they aren't related. (They aren't. We checked.)

Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel looks more like Katy Perry than she does her own sister. No Bones about it.

For more doppelgänger-y goodness, you can always watch The Vampire Diaries online

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Valentine's Day is upon us once again. The chocolates! The over priced flowers! The dinner reservations that have to be made a year in advance if there's any hope that you'll be able to eat that night!

The 14 best romantic movies of all time! OF ALL TIME!!!!

Maybe you love every single cheesy part of this Hallmark holiday and can think of nothing more romantic than curling up with your significant other and watching a movie to cap off the night.

(Seriously? You can't think of anything more romantic than this??)

The Notebook
There's not another love story like the one in The Notebook. There just isn't.

Or maybe you hate everything about this day of love yet are somewhat of a masochist and really just want to torture yourself by watching fictional characters find love and have a good, cathartic cry to get over your loneliness and despair.

(Not that I've ever been there or anything. Ahem. I'm gonna go watch Love Actually online.)

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Five years ago today, Hollywood lost one of its most talented young actors, as Heath Ledger died at the age of 28 in Manhattan.

According to the official autopsy, Ledger passed away from "acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine." The death was ruled an accident.

The star would go on to collect a posthumous Oscar for his incredible portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight, but it's impossible not to wonder what else could have been.

He also left behind daughter Matilda, who is being raised by mother Michelle Williams.

Below, on the occasion of this sad anniversary, we honor Ledger with a photo montage:

  • Heath Ledger as The Joker
  • Heath Ledger Facial Hair

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Michelle Williams is still struggling to find meaning in the passing of ex-husband Heath Ledger.

In an interview with Nightline that aired last night, the Blue Valentine star said: "I can find meanings in things and people and relationships that have sprung up and friendships that have strengthened. I found a lot of meaning in that... but not in ‘why.’”

Williams battled back tears at many points in the discussion, touching on a range of subjects that included the months that followed Ledger's death, as well as the state of the couple's child, Matilda.

Excerpts are below.

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In the latest leaked phone tape involving the insane Lohan family, Lindsay's awful mom Dina says Lindsay was dating Heath Ledger when he died in January 2008.

His death devastated her, according to Dina. This was among the more explosive revelations in the leaked phone conversation between Dina and Michael Lohan.

"She was dating Heath when he died," Dina reveals. "I don't know if you know that, but I know 'cause I would drop her off. They were friends. Very, very close, OK?"

She said that the actor's death "really f----d her up."

For what it's worth, it's unclear what the extent of the celebs' relationship was, but Lindsay Lohan and Heath Ledger were romantically linked in December 2007.

Dina feared for Lindsay's life, too: "Because when she's drunk or takes an Adderall with it she will do something like Heath did in a second without thinking."

Gettin' Lo-Han

Were Lindsay in Heath really in a relationship?

In the 2008 call, Dina discusses how desperate the situation was for her daughter. "She cannot be alone," Dina tells Michael. "When she sleeps here she sleeps with me... she has fears from being little and what you did to us."

Dina also defends Lindsay's former assistant Jenni Muro, who yesterday threatened legal action against Michael, telling him that Muro was going to save Lindsay.

Lindsay's mother was also worried about her relationship with Samantha Ronson, telling Michael she thought Lindsay should walk away, but it wasn't that easy.

"It's [not that easy] for an irrational person who has a problem with her DNA and alcohol and Adderall and asthma and every other things she's got wrong with her."

So true. Click to listen to Dina's phone call to Michael ...

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The investigation into Heath Ledger's death is officially case closed - the high-profile probe was closed abruptly without no charges being filed.

Mary-Kate Olsen had just been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury, but her attorney had been in negotiations with federal authorities since.

The actress was expected to be a part of a DEA investigation into Ledger's death earlier this year - after Ledger's masseuse found his dead body, she used the star's cell phone to dial MK three times before hitting up 911.

But with the case officially closed, Olsen's now off the hook. She must be so relieved. She'll probably start eating regularly now. Oh wait ...

On a related note, sources connected with the Heath Ledger investigation say the Drug Enforcement Administration set a new low with its conduct.

How's this for starters ... no one connected with the case can point to a single other DEA case where a massive investigation was launched over an accidental death in which no criminality was evident - or even hinted at.

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Anorexic actress Mary-Kate Olsen has refused to be interviewed by the FBI, which is probing the accidental drug death of her close friend Heath Ledger unless she receives immunity from prosecution, reports say.

According to the New York Post, the actress' lawyer has repeatedly rebuffed attempts by the feds to question Olsen - the first person called after her masseuse discovered Heath Ledger's lifeless body in his SoHo apartment.

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Frustrated officials may go so far as to obtain a grand-jury subpoena to compel the fashion-challenged actress to talk about The Dark Knight star's behavior, his alleged drug use and the events of that fateful morning in January.

Officials have been interviewing everyone connected to Heath Ledger and his death, including doctors, the masseuse, bodyguards, maids, business associates and even the mother of his 2-year-old daughter, Matilda, Michelle Williams.

"Ms. Williams was extremely nice and cooperative," a source said. "In fact, everyone has been very eager to help, saying what a great guy Heath Ledger was, everyone except Mary-Kate Olsen, who has refused to speak."

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A lawsuit filed Friday alleges that two celebrity news photographers set up Heath Ledger, who died of a lethal combination of drugs this winter, at a 2006 SAG after party, plying him with cocaine, then secretly videotaping him.

In the suit, the plaintiff, Jane Doe (a pseudonym), who was working as a freelance reporter for People magazine at the time, and recounts events that she says took place at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles.

She alleges that she and her boyfriend at the time, Darren Banks, one of the pair of photographers for celebrity photo agency Splash News named in the lawsuit, met Heath Ledger on the grounds of the hotel.

Her story is that Banks brought him, along with Splash photographer Eric Munn, to a room Doe booked for the evening assignment. Munn gave Ledger cocaine and the actor already had some of his own. Munn then left the room.

From the balcony, Munn secretly recorded everything. Doe claims she didn't know that she was starring in a celebrity video at the time. Once Ledger saw a camera, he demanded the tape be destroyed and the photographers agreed.

However, after his death, the tape somehow sold to Entertainment Tonight for $200,000. Entertainment Tonight and The Insider were hit with a storm of criticism after promoting their video exclusive about Heath's drug use.

The shows ultimately did not air the segment and issued an apology. This is one of several rumors that have followed Ledger's passing and cast a pall over the actor's legacy. He is also rumored to have fathered a second child out of wedlock.

Heath Ledger died January 22 alone in his New York apartment. He would have turned 29 this April 4, the same birthday as Jamie Lynn Spears.

The handsome, talented actor will be starring, posthumously, in his final movie role in The Dark Knight, scheduled for a July 2008 release.

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The family of Heath Ledger believes that the late actor may have fathered a secret love child, according to Australia's Daily Telegraph.

Ledger was a 17-year-old when he had an affair with an older woman who is thought to have discovered she was pregnant after the relationship ended.

The woman was living with another man at the time of the alleged affair.

Yesterday, Heath Ledger's uncle, Hadyn Ledger, told the newspaper: "There is a very real possibility that Heath was the father."

If it is confirmed that Ledger is indeed the girl's biological father, it could split his estate between his two-year-old daughter, Matilda Rose, whose mother is Hollywood actress Michelle Williams, and his secret love child.

Heath Ledger, who will star, posthumously, in The Dark Knight, died alone in January in his N.Y. apartment from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.

The Brokeback Mountain star drew up his will prior to his mysterious death, obviously, and long before the birth of Matilda, on whom Heath doted.

The April 2003 will created by the actor lists only $145,000 in assets and names the late actor's father, Kim Ledger, mother Sally Bell, sister Kate Ledger and half sisters Olivia Ledger and Ashleigh Bell as the only beneficiaries.

The New York documents following his death also acknowledge Matilda Rose, as Heath Ledger's only known child, as an interested party.

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