Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead Of Apparent Overdose - UPDATED

By Sean O'Connell 2014-02-02 12:24:15discussion comments
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Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, has been found dead in his Manhattan apartment.

The Latest: The actor's family released a statement, saying:
"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."

Update: Several outlets are reporting that Hoffman has died of a drug overdose. The New York Times has gone on the record to report such a fact, but notes that a woman answering the phone at Hoffman’s production company declined to comment, saying, "I don’t have a comment at this time on that, thank you."

The NY Post, meanwhile, runs a report that Hoffman "was found dead of an apparent drug overdose — in the bathroom with a hypodermic needle still in his arm — inside a Greenwich Village home on Sunday morning."

More details as they emerge. Read some of the reactions from Hollywood here.

From Earlier: The Wall Street Journal states that The New York Police Department "is investigating," and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is working at the moment to "determine exact cause of death." Officials said Hoffman was found dead at his apartment at the West Village neighborhood of New York City.

We are digging for more details, and will post them as they emerge. Hoffman, of course, won the Oscar for playing Truman Capote in Bennett Miller’s 2005 drama Capote.



The speech is beautiful. I love the way he honors his hard-working mother. The speech is almost as beautiful and compassionate as the performance that got him on the stage on Oscar night. Here is Hoffman in Capote.



Hoffman was involved with a massive franchise of late, having played Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The character was expected to be a major part of the two Mockingjay movies, though it's unclear how much filming Hoffman had left to do on the sequels.

Hoffman most recently was at the Sundance Film Festival promoting his next picture, Anton Corbijn's adaptation of John Le Carre's A Most Wanted Man with Rachel McAdams. We have a clip from that film below.

Hoffman is survived by three children -- a son and two daughters -- that he had with costume designer Mimi O'Donnell.


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