In all the chatter this afternoon and evening about the tragedy of actor Heath Ledger's death, the rumor has bounced around --and then been debunked --that Ledger was found dead in an apartment in Manhattan's SoHo area that is owned by Mary-Kate Olsen.
So, we want to separate fact from fiction and discuss the building where Ledger died. In short, public records confirm that the entire, 37,349-square-foot building at 419-421 Broome Street in SoHo where Ledger died is owned by one owner: an entity called Red Tulip, LLC. It's unclear who is behind Red Tulip LLC, but it's pretty clear that it isn't either of the Olsen twins, since city property records and New York state incorporation records show that 1) Red Tulip, LLC was incorporated in 1999, when Mary-Kate was all of 13 years old; 2) Red Tulip, LLC purchased the property in 1999 (for $4,800,000), again, when Mary-Kate was all of 13 years old; and 3) Mary-Kate historically has purchased property through her Lola Bella Trust or through her Dualstar Entertainment Group, and *not* through any LLCs.
Built in 1920, the building at 419-421 Broome Street in SoHo has either five stories, according to photos of it, or six stories, according to public records.
As for the other properties that Ledger had owned at the time of his death, we provided an extensive run-down on March 17 (in a post about Tony Kanal) of all of Ledger's properties. Since that time, nothing had substantially changed; Ledger had continued to own the 3,600-square-foot house at 126 Hoyt Street in Brooklyn, N.Y. that he and his subsequently estranged actress wife Michelle Williams had purchased in December 2005 for $3,600,000 through his Thank You for The Trust Trust (and which Williams had continued to occupy).
And, the actor also had continued to own the 1,861-square-foot, post-and-beam house at 8010 Woodrow Wilson Drive in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills that his Thank You For the Trust Trust had purchased in June 2006 for $2,300,000. (Ellen DeGeneres at one time had owned the Woodrow Wilson Drive house, which has been known as "The Treehouse.') Just this past Sunday, in fact, our pals over at the Real Estalker had reported that Ledger was quietly shopping the Woodrow Wilson Drive house. Expect to see that house officially hit the market in the next few months.
Ledger's passing is sad news indeed.