Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46!
The 46-year-old actor reportedly died of an apparent drug overdose at his New York apartment on Sunday.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the best actor Oscar for playing Truman Capote, has died at age 46, a law enforcement officer confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
At the scene of the actor’s West Village apartment in New York, crowds of people and camera crews formed a semicircle outside the building until police instructed them to go across the street. Police later closed off the entire block, only letting residents through.
Police found Hoffman dead on the floor of the bathroom in the apartment with a needle sticking out of his left arm and envelopes allegedly containing heroin nearby. “There were eight empty glassine envelopes that had allegedly contained heroin, and two bags that still allegedly contained heroin,” a representative for the New York Police Department told. “They were found in various locations around the apartment.”
A friend of Hoffman’s called 911 at 11:30 a.m. after the actor didn’t show up to pick up his kids.
Hoffman had undergone treatment for drug addiction in the past and said last year that he had been clean for 23 years before “falling off the wagon” in 2012. In May, Hoffman entered a detox facility and completed a 10-day program for his use of prescription drugs and heroin.
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone,” read a statement from Hoffman’s family. “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.”
Survivors include his young children, Tallulah, Cooper and Willa, whom he had with his longtime partner, costume designer Mimi O’Donnell. He also had two sisters, Jill and Emily, and a brother, Gordy Hoffman, who scripted the 2002 film Love Liza, in which Philip starred.
Considered one of the finest actors of his generation, Hoffman also was Oscar nominated for his supporting work in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Doubt (2008) and The Master (2012). He received Tony Award noms for True West (2000), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2003) and, as Willy Loman, in Death of a Salesman (2012).
“There are no words. It’s just terrible,” stated George Clooney, who starred with Hoffman in Ides of March (2011), via the actor’s rep. He was one of many in Hollywood mourning Hoffman’s death on Sunday.
Outside Hoffman’s West Village apartment building, many neighbors were mourning the actor’s death as well. Several said they often saw him in the area, but it seemed like few knew the private man. One local resident, Patrice, who at one point seemed to be on the verge of tears, said she would see Hoffman walking around the neighborhood and that he seemed like a nice guy. Her neighbor said he died, so she came over. She noted that the news ruined her day, a sentiment likely shared by many.
“And then you hear drugs and you think c’mon? Really?” she said. Indeed, as reports of Hoffman’s heroin use at the time of his death began to circulate, many people on the scene were saying things like “Don’t do drugs” and “Don’t do heroin.”
Another group of neighbors said they often saw Hoffman at a nearby French restaurant. Another woman, who lived one street over, said she didn’t know he lived nearby but that her kids were fans of his and would see him in plays and at a nearby grocery store.
After police closed off the block, onlookers and the media continued to crowd around either end, but nearby streets in the West Village were almost empty, creating an eerie scene.
Hoffman appeared as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) and continued in the series with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, now in postproduction. “Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation,” read a Lionsgate statement. “We’re very fortunate that he graced our Hunger Games family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Philip’s family.”
The actor attended Sundance last month and was seen in the festival entries God’s Pocket, directed by Mad Men’s John Slattery, and A Most Wanted Man, a spy thriller that also stars Rachel McAdams.