rex_726388m.jpgLike many, we were shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Aussie actor Heath Ledger overnight. As the tributes poured in for him today, some of fashion's biggest names also paid their respects, including close friend Helena Christensen.

"I am just beyond sad at this point, and shocked... I was on my way over to pay him a visit when I found out. I had just left him a message and heard his voice on the machine...," she told WWD.

"He was such a special and genuine person, so extraordinarily talented because he was so raw and honest with his feelings. He was so full of life, so electric....This is immensely sad."

The 28-year-old actor was found dead in his New York apartment yesterday afternoon from a suspected overdose. He leaves behind a two-year-old daughter Matilda, whom he shares with Dawson's Creek star Michelle Williams. A post-mortem to discover the real cause of death is expected to take place shortly.

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