Early morning Sunday January 2, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found in his New York apartment bathroom dead from a drug overdose, according to police officials. Fans, celebrities, friends, and family alike were all shocked to hear the news of this acclaimed actors death. According to The New York Times the police official who gave this statement preferred to be kept anonymous due to the fact he was unaware on whether or not Hoffman’s family had been informed of the death. Hoffman, age 46, was found at 11:30 a.m. in his West Village apartment by a concerned friend that went over to his apartment after being unable to reach him.
The New York Times reported upon finding Hoffman investigators found a syringe and an envelope in the hands of the actor. The substance within the envelope is said to be heroin. When asked if officials believed the cause of death was due to a drug overdose or not, they stated it was pretty clear that it was in fact a drug overdose since upon finding Hoffman dead investigators had found the syringe in his arm.
According to USA Today, in May of last year Hoffman had went through and completed a 10-day rehab program for a current drug problem he was experiencing. The actor had struggled with substance abuse in his prior years, but is said to have been clean for the past 23 years. As related in a 60 Minutes 2006 interview his substance abuse was not just in relation with heroin rather the actor struggled with most substances stating it was whatever he could get his hands on. As reported by The New York Times, in recent interviews the actor had expressed this past year he had been “falling off the wagon.” When press associates had called Hoffman’s New York Production company, a woman who answered the phones stated at this time there was no comment to be made about the situation.
Hoffman won an Academy Award for best actor back in 2006 for his role in Capote. Where he portrayed the writer Truman Capote. The actor had been up for nomination for an Academy Award for four other roles. The most recent roles Hoffman starred in were as Plutarch Heavensbee in the blockbuster hit Hunger Games: Catching Fire which released this last summer. Hoffman is said to also star in the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, but it is unsure at this time who will replace him in Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 which is currently being filmed. According to CNN News, Hoffman attended the Sundance Film Festival last month where his movie God’s Pocket had premiered. Along with these film’s Hoffman also starred in such film as: Charlie Wilson’s War, Boogie Nights, A Man Most Wanted and Almost Famous.
The actor has left behind his three children, Willa age 5, Tallulah age 7 and Cooper age 10, whom he had with Mimi O’Donnell, a costume designer. Hoffman was a man of many talents not only was he an acclaimed actor he was also a Broadway actor, and violinist who was married to a fellow violinist, Catherine Keener. Upon finding Hoffman dead this Sunday morning one thing is for sure the actor was loved by many and will be missed by those he left behind.
By Sarah Widger