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Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead At 46

The sad news has broken that Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who has been in many movies including CapoteThe Master, The Big Lebowski, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Almost Famous, and Moneyball, was found dead today on his bathroom floor in New York.  Hoffman was only 46 years old.  As he was found with a needle in his arm and with heroin nearby, it’s currently assumed to be an overdose.  Hoffman had battled addiction and went to rehab just last year.

Hoffman’s body was discovered by his friend, screenwriter David Katz.  Details are still being released, but according to an official the New York Times spoke with, “Investigators found a syringe in his left forearm, at least two plastic envelopes with what appeared to be heroin nearby, and five empty plastic envelopes in a trash bin.” In May of 2013, Hoffman had entered rehab after using heroin for “only a week” saying he wanted to get ahead of the problem as he’d battled substance abuse in the past.  When he entered rehab last year, he’d been clean for 23 years.

An actor who was widely respected, Hoffman won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005 for his role as Truman Capote in the movie Capote. He was also nominated for Oscars for supporting roles in The Master, Charlie Wilson’s War, and Doubt.  Most fans of the Hunger Games trilogy were delighted to have him playing the role of Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire given his reputation as an actor – and were not disappointed. His death is definitely a great loss and yet another actor taken far too soon by addiction.

Hoffman leaves behind a wife, Mimi O’Donnell, and three children.  His family released this statement today:

We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. 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.

Our hearts go out to them and Hoffman’s other loved ones.

(via ABCNews)

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  • Tomb Svalborg

    Damnit, he was so good in Catching fire. :/

  • Lady Commentariat

    Such an amazing actor. If you haven’t seen the sweet, funny, and sad movie, Mary & Max, find it! Watch it! He voices one of the two main characters. It used to be streaming on Netflix; might still be?

  • Anonymous

    This is the first time I can think of that I have actually cried over the death of a celebrity. So sad to hear.

  • Anonymous

    Also died Australian oscar winning actor Maximilian Schell (natural causes) and the brazilian god-tier documentarist director Eduardo Coutinho (killed by his own son)

  • Austin Wildcatter

    I am a fan of Hoffman’s and could not be more devastated to hear about this today. What makes this even sadder – he knew he had a problem with addiction, way back when he was only 22 and quit alcohol for fear of what it would do to him. He was public about his struggle, for all that someone as private as PSH tended to be. He entered rehab *willingly* and on his own power. And yet. His death is already being politicized, and being used to denigrate Hollywood and culture, and that sucks. We need to be much more willing to talk about addiction, which isn’t a Hollywood problem, it’s a people problem.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, so sad to hear about Coutinho… is the son still a “prime suspect” or do they actually have evidence?

  • Anonymous

    I think hordes of Heath Ledger fans feel the same way about The Dark Knight…

  • Anonymous

    It appears that the son killed Eduardo, hurt his mother and trtyed to killed himself but failed.

    The son and Eduardo’s wife are still at the hospital in observation

  • Infophile

    Ugh, I know. This just illustrates how tough addiction is to handle. Even with the knowledge of its risks, and even going into rehab voluntarily, the addiction was too much for him. He obviously had the willpower to fight it, but sadly that’s not a battle that every can win. Those of us who are lucky enough not to be prone to addictions just don’t have a reference point for what it’s like (like with many mental illnesses).

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  • Alexa

    It was so weird I watched his Oscar win online, and that was the year Heath Ledger was nominated along with him for Brokeback Mountain. Its so sad that two very talented actors died in their prime. Miss you Mr. Hoffman, you were truly talented and deserved everyone’s respect.

  • Anonymous

    What a sad sad day. He will be missed

  • PJK

    I think you mean Austrian actor Maximilian Schell, though actually he was Austrian-Swiss. Australia and Austria are quite far apart.

  • Cad Wallader

    Not in the dictionary.

  • Cad Wallader

    I measure his ability by the total dedication he gave to his paycheck movies. Mission Impossible 3, Twister, Along Came Polly and The Boar That rocked were all light popcorn stuff, but his characters got the whole damn treatment from him anyways. Hell of an actor, not sure I’ll ever be able to watch him again without feeling myself shrink a bit, but terribly glad for the body of amazing work we got. Unique, in the strictest sense of the word. Impossible to replace.

  • Anonymous

    A real great loss of great actor! He will be missed!