Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in New York

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday. He was 46.

Law enforcement officials said Hoffman died at his apartment in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. No cause of death has been determined but officials suspect the actor may have overdosed on drugs. Law enforcement officials said the actor was found with a needle in his arm.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the actor was found in his bathroom around 11:15 a.m. by a screenwriter, who called 911, the official said.

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Hoffman, who won the best actor Oscar for “Capote” in 2005, most recently appeared at the Sundance Film Festival to promote his new films “God’s Pocket” and Anton Corbin’s “A Most Wanted Man.”

He was also shooting the “Hunger Games” follow-ups “Mockingjay Part 1” and “Part 2” in Atlanta, reprising his role as Plutarch Heavensbee from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

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Last year, the actor completed a 10-day substance abuse program for heroin. Hoffman later revealed that he had been addicted to the drug when he was younger but had been clean for over 20 years.

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone,” his family said in a statement. “This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving.  Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”

With a devilish grin and rotund physique, Hoffman most frequently shone in supporting roles that made good use of his rumpled appearance and intense characterizations. He worked frequently with director Paul Thomas Anderson, appearing in films including “Hard Eight,” “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia,” “Punch-Drunk Love” and “The Master,” for which he received a supporting actor nomination.

He also received supporting actor nominations for “Doubt” and “Charlie Wilson’s War,” as well as two Tony nominations for his work on the stage in “True West” and “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.”

He was deeply involved in the New York theater world, serving as co-artistic director of the LAByrinth Theater Company, where he directed several plays including “Our Lade of 121st Street.” Some of his New York stage roles include a role in Mike Nichols’ production of “The Seagull,” “Defying Gravity” and “The Merchant of Venice.”

Hoffman made an impression in indie roles such as Todd Solondz’s “Happiness,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Almost Famous” and “State and Main.” In studio features, he had roles in “Red Dragon,” “Cold Mountain” and “Mission Impossible III.”

He had critically acclaimed roles in “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” in which he played an addict who kills a heroin dealer; “The Savages”; “Moneyball” and “The Ides of March.” Usually a strong supporting player, he had a rare starring role in 2001’s “Love Liza,” co-written by his brother Gordy Hoffman, in which he hauntingly plays a man who huffs gasoline to deal with his grief.

Hoffman made his film directing debut with 2010’s “Jack Goes Boating,” though it failed to garner much recognition.

Born in the Rochester, N.Y. suburb of Fairport, Hoffman graduated with a drama degree from NYU and made his film debut in “Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole,” followed by a role in “My New Gun.”

After appearing on “Law & Order” in 1991, he made an impression the next year in “Scent of a Woman.” Over the next few years he appeared in films including “Nobody’s Fool,” “The Getaway” and “Twister.”

He is survived by a his longtime partner, costume designer Mimi O’Donnell, with whom he has a son and two daughters.

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  1. Jimmy perini says:

    This is just horrible
    This is freakin sad

  2. One of the greats. If he was in a film, I wanted to see it. Didn’t need to know what it was about. Just his presence signifies quality. Can’t say that about too many. I happen to have “Synecdoche, NY” sitting here waiting for me to rewatch it. It was an overwhelming experience in the theater and I didn’t know what to make of it at the time, but knew I would need to see it again. It’s hard, but a worthwhile experience.

  3. Anupam Ray says:

    What’s gonna happen to Hunger Games?

  4. Andrew Ewasiuk says:

    This is one of the biggest and shocking shames to read of-such a raw talent,wasted!

  5. Suzy Hall says:

    I don’t know why anyone would want “fame & fortune”! It certainly doesn’t seem to bring peace or happiness.

    • Luluinhollywood says:

      Addiction can happen to ANYONE. And I highly doubt Philip Seymour Hoffman was an actor because he was after “fame & fortune”.

      However, it should be noted- famous or destitute, creative people in general tend to have higher rates of depression, manifesting addiction, etc… someone wrote a book recently, I can’t remember title at moment. But many MANY of the people who have made the biggest impact on this world- in arts, sciences, philosophy, you name it- throughout the ages- have battled and/or succumbed to addiction. Fame & fortune doesn’t cause addiction. Even this article alludes to the fact he had a problem before all his success, & was clean for most of it.

  6. D says:

    Now thats a real hard one to accept. What a shock. Please tell me this is not true ! PLEASE !!

  7. sharron wies says:

    dam I am tired of the dam drugs can people , actors get smart and be thankful for he life they live and so many have chickened out on life its disgusting

  8. E says:

    Jesus. A great actor is dead. Shaddup.

  9. Sam says:

    Im in tears here…Mr. Hoffman delivered the most fantastic acting ever..cant believe hes gone. Way too early…such a loss for us all. Such a great great actor…cant believe it.

  10. Philip was a great actor! Prayers out to his family and friends #herbiesocal #californiarealtor

  11. Ruth says:

    I am deeply saddened by this news. He was an outstanding actor and will be missed by so many people. Condolences to his family. R.I.P

  12. TJG says:

    I’ve never seen him do a bad job.

  13. Dennis Spalla Morris says:

    This is very sad news, of a most talented actor.

  14. Deborah says:

    What a great loss for us all one of my most favorite actors.

  15. BriteBlonde1 says:

    Patrick, you are a very sad, sick man. SEek help.

  16. Tom says:

    Oh this one hurts a lot. R.I.P. Mr. Hoffman. Loved having you here.

  17. What a brilliant actor, I feel like I’ve lost a member of my family, my deepest sympathies to his
    immediate family and friends, a shocking loss. R.I.P. Phillip.

  18. TravelGal says:

    Patrick, your comment is really unkind.

  19. cripsy13 says:

    How incredibly sad – one of the best actors of this generation.

  20. Nick Turner says:

    If true, we have lost one of the greats of his or any other generation. So sad. Nick

  21. Hazelita says:

    I can’t believe this talented actor is gone. 46is much too young.

  22. Bill says:

    If true, this one really hurts. :(

  23. Qué pérdida tan lamentable, fue un actor increíble… Creo que siempre lo recordaré como el enfermero en “Magnolia” y amedrentando por teléfono a Adam Sandler en “Punch-Drunk Love”.

  24. Sam Cornwell says:

    Genuinely gutted about Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He was one of the greatest actors of our time. Every scene he played was impeccable.

  25. Contessa46 says:

    A sad day indeed. A wonderful actor who brought thoughtful and stunning characters to life.

  26. To die from addiction when you have such a good life should tell you how powerful it is.

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