Oscar-Winning Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in His Apartment

philip seymour hoffmanI was just watching him in the movie Late Quartet a few weeks ago; I am tremendously saddened that such a dazzling performer is gone. Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead at home in Greenwich Village today. A friend found him in his apartment at 11:30 a.m. Police believe he died of a drug overdose and are investigating right now. The 46-year-old was the father of three children.

Hoffman struggled with drug addiction in his 20s, was sober for 23 years, and began using drugs again in 2012. Last May he checked himself into rehab because he feared he was on the verge of returning to his heroin addiction. An unnamed police source says he was found with a syringe in his arm and 2 packets of heroin nearby. Hoffman's substance abuse issues no doubt come as a surprise to many of his fans. He dealt with his demons quietly.

A concerned friend went to Hoffman's apartment when he failed to pick up his children at 9:00 a.m. this morning as planned.

Hoffman won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for the title role in Capote -- among many other awards and nominations. His death is a huge loss to film and theater, but nothing compared to the loss suffered by his longtime partner, Mimi O'Donnell, and children. 

Did you know Hoffman was dealing with heroin addiction?

 

Image via Pacific Coast News

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MRL84 MRL84

No I didn't know that. He was a great actor. RIP.

bills... billsfan1104

I didn't know he won those awards.

Coles... Coles_mom

One of my favorites. So very sad.

Pam Donnelly Duerkes

No one deals with their demons quietly. Sounds all Hollywood to say that garbage. He had children, family that all knew to well what he was up to. Until you have an addict in the family will you realize the havoc they cause because of their addiction. As losing a great actor..who cares an addict is an addict is an addict. Now the children losing a father my heart goes out to them. If Hollywood would treat their addicts like we treat our run of the mill addict as a bum, waste of money, deserved it, and stopped glamorizing it, maybe just maybe addiction could be handled more seriously.

nonmember avatar flabbergasted

Wow Pam really? Because addicts deserve to die? My father died at 38 behind drugs, but that doesn't mean he deserved it and he was most certainly not a bum. People deal with their own demons their way. You nor I have the right to judge anyone. Shame on you

nonmember avatar SNOWSCAS81

@Pam, and I wish that this country would stop treating people who have drug addictions and/or mental illness like they are worthless garbage. There's such a stigma attached to it. People who suffer from these illnesses are usually ashamed. Why do you think that no one knew about Mr. Hoffman's addiction until his death. He tried so hard to hide it and undoubtedly suffered. Yes, my heart goes out to his children and partner. But I am also saddned that someone who was so talented and also a good person was destroyed by drugs.

nonmember avatar Kristi

Sad that we lose another to drugs. A senseless loss to say the least.

Frost... FrostyMelted

Wow, Pam, when you could have written something articulate and intelligent, you opted for that nonsense. Interesting choice.

00NoW... 00NoWay00

I always enjoyed his movies.   I never really knew his name, but always referred to him as "Dusty" (from Twister) because that's the first movie I saw him in.  I liked a lot of the "B" movies... Patch Adams, Flatliners ... RIP Mr. Hoffman (Dusty).

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