Hollywood ‘Devastated’: Industry Reacts to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death

Philip Seymour Hoffman
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Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment Sunday morning, according to the New York Police Department. The 46-year-old Hoffman, an Oscar winning actor, is survived by three children. Hollywood has been rocked by the news of his death, and an outpouring across the Twitterverse and beyond has begun. Read some of their tweets and feelings below. How do you feel about Hoffman’s passing? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

“I’m very, very saddened by the passing of Phil,” said Robert de Niro. “He was a wonderful actor. This is one of those times where you say, ‘This just shouldn’t be. He was so young and gifted and had so much going, so much to live for’. My family and I send our deepest condolences to his family.”

“There are no words,” said George Clooney. “It’s just terrible.”

“It was a revelation for me to have Phillip Seymour Hoffman bless us with his performance in ’25th Hour,'” said Spike Lee. “This morning I spoke to Edward Norton, Barry Pepper and Rosario Dawson. And all of us were in shock. His God given talent will be missed. Prayers and blessings to his family.”

“He was an extraordinary actor with tremendous range and the gift of fully and deeply realizing his amazing characters in films from ‘Magnolia’ and ‘Capote’ to ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ and Doubt,'” SAG-AFTRA said in a statement. “He was such a great talent and his loss is just deeply sad. On behalf of his fellow actors and all members of SAG-AFTRA, our condolences go out to his family and friends.”

“Hearing that Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away came as much as a shock to me as to anyone else I’d imagine,” said Anton Cordijn, director of “A Most Wanted Man. “We spent some time together only 2 weeks ago and he seemed in a good place despite some issues he had to deal with. He was not only the most gifted actor i ever worked with (and judging by the legacy he leaves behind I am certain I share this with most if not all directors who were fortunate enough to work with him), he had also become an incredibly inspiring and supportive friend. I am so terribly sad as I find it impossible to comprehend what happened today and to collect my thoughts properly. I have to think about Mimi and the children and I wish them much strength coping with the loss of this truly great man as a father and partner.”

“Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now,” said a statement from Francis Lawrence, Suzanne Collins, Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik and Jennifer Lawrence on behalf of the “Hunger Games” cast and crew. “Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family.”

“Exclusive Media is deeply saddened to learn the shocking news of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s passing,” commented Exclusive Media. “He was a truly gifted actor and director who not only inspired his fellow colleagues, but audiences around the world and he will be greatly missed.  We give our sincere condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.”


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  1. allen993 says:

    I Heard The Sad News That Philip Seymour Hoffman Passed Away And He Was Just A Great Actor And
    A Best Clever Talented Performer And A Sweet Father And Husband To His Wife And Daughter And His
    Son Too And It Was Very Sad To Hear That Philip Passed Away And Always Remembering Him Because
    We’re His Family And Fans And Especially Those Who Don’t Him But Still In Respect And Remembrance
    Of Hoffman And His Life Is Never Forgotten! RIP.

    PS Philip Seymour Hoffman Was A Brave Young Talented Actor And A Best Performer In His Life
    In Films And Television And Now That He’s Gone We Remember Hoffman As A Best Support
    ing Actor! Thank You! We Miss You, Dear Hoffman! Goodbye?

  2. hugh says:

    I had the pleasure of seeing Hoffman as Willy Lohan in Death of a Salesman in 2012 and i couldn’t stop thinking about the play and his performance for the longest time after. Thanks Phil.

  3. dragynwynd says:

    Peace and guidance to the family, goddess bless PSH.. no drugs will ever harm him again. Such an unfortunate tragedy… My 8 yr clean will be in April, and I see myself in him…. He will be missed… RIP..

  4. Morgs says:

    PSH’s movie performances made me believe we are all in this complicated shit heap together. His gift of subtly and his courageous choices to take himself into dark and uncomfortable emotional terrain where inspiring. Watching his characters transcend make-believe let me in on the real magic of movies – every man has the capacity to understand one another. Just add context.

    I’m as far removed from Hollywood as one can get, yet I still feel a genuine sense of loss with this news. I’ll be watching his catalog all over again in the coming weeks, being stunned by the enigma that’s was Truman Capote, and laughing my ass off as he desperately passively tries to stop the Dude from touching Lowboski’s wall of awards.

    Thank you Philip Seymour Hoffman.

  5. wks9370 says:

    Zaria, do you think this was the best time to say all of that and turn this tribute into something about you… you’re not telling the whole truth about your predicament I am sure. What put you and and your family in your present situation? We all have addictions… The devil just wants you to think that its all about drugs and alcohol… not even close, Heart disease kills more people than all substance abuse deaths combined.

  6. Liza says:

    Zaria, I would suggest you seek help for yourself and your family members. This is not the correct forum for you to vent your problems.
    You clearly don’t understand that addiction is a disease and not a choice. What you don’t know about humanity could fill volumes!! In this case you should “just say no” to posting your offense rants!

  7. aperson says:

    you sound like you completely lack compassion for people.

  8. Lightnin Joe says:

    Sad to see the cunning, baffling and powerful disease take another soul.

    • Liza says:

      Sad in deed. For those of you suffering with addiction turn to family and friends for support and find a system that works to keep you clean. Stay strong! Heart felt condolences to the family of PSH!!

  9. Such a loss & way -2- Soon! Loving-talented Soul-As an Actor myself I got to meet Philip Seymour Hoffman-several times & he was always kind & giving! My heart goes out to family-friends & fans! We lost a wonderful-Magnificent talented Actor in our business! Hope to see U again on the other side Philip-(-;)(

  10. Liza says:

    A brilliantly talented man, in pain. How can we learn to reach out to these sensitive soul’s before it’s too late? You gave us so much; you will be greatly missed, we weep over the lack of your presence on this earth. RIP Philip.

  11. I worked as an extra in IDES OF MARCH and he was friendly and charming to everyone. Very serious on camera. A great actor who will be missed. Condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

  12. Carl White says:

    My first thought when anyone, famous and talented or not, dies from drugs is FU. FU for their family and friends and everyone that loved them and wanted to help them.
    I then reflect on my own life and realize we all have addictions, healthy or not, whether we recognize them or not, that we all lean on to get through life and my anger turns to sympathy.
    I did not know Philip, my only connection was my love for his talent, in fact, one of my bucket list items was to see him perform on stage only knowing him and his talent from his movies.
    So, and I say this with all respect and with condolences to his family and friends and anyone that loved him, FU Philip Seymour Hoffman, you and your talent will be missed.

  13. susan weinstock M.D. says:

    I am always deeply saddened by news of yet another opioid overdose death. The addiction treatment medication suboxone drastically reduces relapse risk and overdose. Without medication, likelihood of relapse is estimated to be 80% or higher. Don’t believe me? Visit the National Institute of Drug Abuse website. Condolences to the Hoffman family and the thousands of others who have lost loved ones.

  14. Jackie Brosnihan says:

    This heroine addiction is getting way out of control. People going to rehab are supposed to have the tools to battle their addiction. Is anyone in their expensive rehab centers out there telling them the real deal about risking death if they use right after rehab? Giving them a contact person if they feel they are getting in a place of danger? Rehab centers are supposed to be supportive. SO far they are failing these folks. Robert Downey Jr should give them lessons.

  15. Str8shooter says:

    Devastating. So much talent gone way too soon. He will be sadly missed

  16. Charlene Gorzela says:

    RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. The disease of Addiction claims so, so many lives… I would have rather seen you carrying the message, rather than being the message of how destructive addiction can be.
    Bravo on the brilliance of your talent and how you shined while you were here! You will be missed!
    Peace & many Blessings to your family & friends…

  17. Tommy Bull says:

    Wonderful Actor and fellow NYU Film School we shared. So Sad to Hear this News. Heart Broken.
    Tommy Bull
    High Kick Productions Inc.

  18. I am grief stricken and have been in shock at the passing of my dear friend Philip Seymour Hoffman. My prayers go out to his entire family and friends and a fans. A talented gifted soul that has given the world so much to contemplate and be proud of – and for an an ever so brief moment in the scheme of the universe…made this world a better place.
    See you on the other side dear friend. M

    May I humbly add that we must all honor his contribution to our world and give continued love and support to Mimi and is 3 beautiful children and extended family. He will be missed.

  19. We at SyndicatedNews.NET whom knew Philip Hoffman personally from Fairport, New York are heartbroken and devastated. We remember his intense talent and humor. This is the saddest news ever. Our wishes, hugs and love go quietly to his relatives in Fairport.

  20. DebDegDev says:

    This us such a stupid senseless death. I’m furious that he thought he could best science. What a tragic waste of talent.

  21. cindy says:

    Why is it the ones that have it all, end it all?

  22. Nick Peper says:

    Allmighty, this news makes me feel so sad, sad and angry. He was so great, a true artist and a wonderful, exciting craftsman;just a beautiful, powerful, fragile, profound and subtle actor. Damn, I was hoping to see him grace the screen till in my own old age. RIP

  23. Linda says:

    This is a tremendous loss to all of us who enjoy great acting. Drugs has claimed another talent shame on those who sell this stuff. Is there a way to reach and keep an eye on those who are addicted. My heart goes out to the family and especially to his partner and their children.

  24. cadavra says:

    He’s gone to Heaven. You will not.

    • cadavra says:

      If you can’t tell the difference between negativity and a hateful cheap shot then, yes, there’s nothing more need be said.

  25. Tim says:

    You clearly know nothing about addiction. Or empathy. Or humanity.

  26. Steve Suskie says:

    What a loss. He was magnificent in “Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead”. He would have given us decades of superb performances.

  27. mhrzad says:

    one of the best actors of his generation no doubt.R.I.P.Philip

  28. Phil was a sweet, playful, salt o the earth, unassuming guy, who just happened to be a Titan of an actor. God Bless the artist n the man!!

  29. Philip Seymour Hoffman will be missed as I am truly saddened by this horrendous news. He will always be considered one of my favorite actors of all time.

    I had the pleasure of meeting Philip last year in a restaurant and we had such a great genuine conversation about life.

    Rest in Peace my friend.

  30. Relly Friedman says:

    As a fellow Rochesterian actor, I am devistated. RIP Phillip. Thanks for the memories. Prayers for his survivors.

  31. Alexis Kiley says:

    …..Philip Seymore Hoffman…..
    Philip was such a fine fine actor and gent in the film industry, and most definitely gone too soon.
    I loved Philip in all his roles simply because there was never a performance that he wasn’t able to hide his true class no matter how delved into character he was, nor was he willing to accept a role beneath what he deemed unworthy of what an actor must give to his audience.
    The intellect, humor and good breeding both on and off camera were absolutely the main reasons why I loved this gent.
    Farewell, Philip, you leave behind some extraordinary film work for the world to reflect upon.
    I give you my final…. “Brava!!!”
    Adieu, sweet soul, adieu-
    Alexis Kiley
    SAG member

  32. Darko says:

    Didn’t see much of this man but he was brilliant in march of ides sad to see such a great actor go.

  33. Alex says:

    Truly sad, there was so much more for him to do.

  34. Everyone’s crying, but compare his story to that of John Cazale.

  35. Sonia Kitt says:



  37. Loretta K. Maxey says:

    Sad…..What a talent….RIP….

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