Phillip Seymour Hoffman Overdoses Aged 46

pshIn a very sad start to the week, Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday in his New York City apartment of an apparent drug overdose. He was 46.

A law enforcement official told the Wall Street Journal that Hoffman was discovered in the bathroom of his fourth floor apartment with a needle in his arm.

Hoffman, who spent 10 days in rehab last May for heroin abuse, was set to star in the new Showtime dramedy Happyish, playing an ad man who is sent adrift when his ad agency is taken over. The project – had been described as a “blistering attack on our youth-obsessed culture and a darkly comic examination of what it means to matter. Or matter not.”

Hoffman earned four Oscar nominations in his career, winning in 2006 for playing iconic author Truman Capote in Capote. Additional credits included Boogie Nights, Almost Famous, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Mission Impossible III and Moneyball. He appeared in last summer’s blockbuster The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. He was in the midst of shooting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.

He is survived by his partner, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children, daughters Willa and Tallulah, and son Cooper.

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone,” said his family 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.”

On Twitter, Aaron Paul wrote, “We lost one of the greats today,” while Mia Farrow tweeted that Hoffman was a “truly kind, wonderful man and one of our greatest actors.” Entourage creator Doug Ellin tweeted he was “literally devastated” by Hoffman’s death and called him a “true genius.”

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  • Clint

    He was an addict who didn’t want help. After his stint in rehab he was back into heroin. He was seen in a park just a couple of months ago, shooting up – this, according to a tabloid that had the exclusive pics.
    People need to stop glamorising drugs and wake up to the damage they can do.
    And they need to stop saying ‘Oh, poor Phillip / Cory – the drugs got them in the end’ – these people had choices and they made the wrong ones. They had access to help but chose not to accept it. Don’t blame the drugs; blame the people and their poor choices, and stop idolising them – death as a result of addiction is shameful, not something to feel sorry for them over.

    • Maggie

      I agree with what you’re saying, Clint – there’s nothing glamorous in dying from a drug overdose / addiction. I hope this doesn’t start a spate of copycat suicides among his fans, as so often happens.

    • Tania

      I’m with you on this. Can’t understand all the people saying ‘you don’t choose to be an addict. No, but you can choose not to take drugs in the first place. Everyone has addictions of some description – be it shopping, chocolate, coffee, exercise … but he made the choice to dabble in drugs.
      I’ve been reading in tabloids for months now that he was back on heroin, so it’s not like people weren’t aware.
      Apparently the drugs he took were laced with a cancer drug which is what all the hoo-haa is about and why the cops are trying to find his dealer/s, because there have been heaps of other related deaths on the east coast.

  • I never heard of the guy until now.

    • Tania

      He was in quite a few things – I remember him most for The Talented Mr Ripley and Boogie Nights.

  • Deb

    I liked him in “The Talented Mr Ripley”. I’m not sure I saw him in anything else. RIP.