Heath Ledger + Nick Drake

Pitchfork has a post today http://tinyurl.com/2cpyya about the dark connection between recently deceased Aussie actor Heath Ledger and the late musician Nick Drake, who died in 1974 at the age of 26 from an apparent overdose of the antidepressant amitriptyline:

"I was obsessed with an artist by the name of Nick Drake," Ledger explained at a September 2007 Venice Film Festival press conference.

In line with Ledger’s so-called obsession with Drake is a black-and-white video clip created by Ledger and shown at a pair of exhibits devoted to Drake last year, according to MTV.com and Billboard.com reports.

As the MTV.com report explains, "A representative for Drake’s estate described the ‘gorgeous’ and ‘extremely moving’ clip as a stark black-and-white composition, consisting mainly of the director turning the camera on himself. In the end, Ledger is seen drowning himself in a bathtub."

The song playing during this is Drake’s "Black Eyed Dog", purportedly the last song the English singer ever wrote and allegedly a reference to Winston Churchill’s description of depression.

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