Producers have suspended work on Heath Ledger’s last film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, after his sudden death on Tuesday.

Shooting had recently finished in London on the £15m film directed by former Monty Python star Terry Gilliam.

production had moved to Vancouver for interior and blue-screen scenes, but producers said: “Terry and the producers will be assessing how best to proceed.

“We are still in a state of deep shock, saddened and numb with grief.”

According to BBC Online, the producers called Ledger ‘a great actor, a great friend and a great spirit.’

A film-workers’ union representative told the Vancouver Sun newspaper that the production is currently listed as a ‘force majeure’.

Force majeure is a clause which allows producers to end contracts in extraordinary circumstances. Around 100 crew members had been laid off as a result.