At dinner tonight, we got on the subject of the new movie "The Dark Knight" (new batman movie), and it was mentioned that the person playing the joker (Heath Ledger) had killed himself. This brought on a series of questions and serious concern from Draven that we attempted to explain. We explained that it was an accident and that he had taken too much medicine...you see where this is going. Anyway, we went on to explain that we are very careful about medicine and that what happened to Mr. Ledger would not happen to him. We also tried to explain that it was the person playing the Joker, which can also be confusing to a child.
Our question is, has this type of topic come up with your child and how did you go about explaining it to them? Draven is 5 now and is very curious about everything and how things work. Any comments or recommendations?