Reports of the death started circulating the internet via Twitter a few hours ago and they were recently confirmed by Crowe's publicist. Although the cause of death was not mentioned it is suspected that drugs were involved. What is known at this point is that at approximately 6:40 EST a family member checked him into Palo Alto Memorial Hospital of an apparent overdose, and the former actor died a few hours later. The death has come as a surprise to many who were unaware of his ongoing battle with drugs, which was kept well hidden from the media.
Russell Crowe washing his beautiful mane of hair under a stainless steel tap
Russell Crowe came to international attention for his role as Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in the 2000 historical epic film Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor, an Empire Award for Best Actor and a London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and ten further nominations for Best Actor. Crowe's work has earned him several accolades, including a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Academy Award nominations in a row (1999-2001), one Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, one BAFTA, and an Academy Award. Due to his success and character variety, critics have often called him a "virtuoso" actor. He was also co-owner of South Sydney Rabbitohs, an Australian National Rugby League team.
Russell Crowe was loved by many fans around the world, he will be remembered as one of the most incredible actors of the last century. Thousands of fans have expressed their shock and grief on social networking websites such as Twitter, with famous people contributing and offering support to the friends and family as well. Lifelong friend DMX Tweeted 'I can't believe he is really gone...the world is poorer for it'. Russell Crowe was 47 years old.