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Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Was Found Dead In His Apartment This Afternoon [UPDATED]

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[UPDATE: Philip Seymour Hoffman's family has released an official statement following the actor's untimely death:

“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."

At this time, it is being reported that investigators at the scene found a syringe in his arm and an envelope containing what is believed to be heroin.]

In incredibly tragic news that we’re just hearing from The Wall Street Journal, award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his NYC apartment on Sunday afternoon. The official cause is currently unknown, but the NY Post alleges that it may have been a drug overdose. Last year the actor reportedly checked himself into rehab for a drug abuse problem that apparently had resurfaced after several years. If he did indeed die of a drug overdose, it’s important to note that he was aware that he had a problem and he attempted to get help for it. But like so many people struggling from a drug addiction, he was ultimately unable to beat it.

While Hoffman acted in several films throughout his long career, he’ll best be remembered for his work in Capote – a role that earned him an Academy Award for best actor. In addition to that award, he also earned two Academy Awards for best supporting actor for Charlie Wilson’s War and Doubt. And perhaps, most relevant to Crushable readers, he recently played Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire.

He leaves behind his longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three young children. So rather than speculate any further on the cause for his death, let’s all keep his family in our thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time.

(Photo: DLM Press, PacificCoastNews.com )

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  • elle

    Um…Wow. my jaw dropped. Tragic news. He was an extraordinarily talented man.

    • Jenni

      I know…I can’t believe it. I kept refreshing WSJ to make sure I was reading it right.

    • elle

      I was genuinely hoping it was a hoax.

  • Stacey Judith

    RIP, what a talented actor! But you know what? Something definitely seems spooky here. 2 days or a day before Paul Walker died, there was a rumour doing the rounds that he was dead and now apparently a day or two ago there was a rumour that Philip Seymour Hoffman had died. I heard the same with Corey Monteith too but I never personally read anything of the sort. Am I the only one to find this weird or am I just over-thinking this??

    • Kelly17

      Maybe someone lied to you.

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  • Danica

    I still can’t believe it’s true… god, so sad.

  • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

    A loss to the world and a wake up call to a world headed for destruction making it too unbearable for sensitive,successful people who have what everyone wants and now knows it isn’t enuf.

    • Kelly17

      I believe it was Judd Apatow that mentioned how Hollywood can’t keep turning their backs to this, so maybe people will start taking it a lot more seriously.

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      I just loved him so much. I rode by Death of a Salesman theater when in NYC 2 years ago and wanted to jump out of the taxi, ignore why I was there and see him in it. I love Willy Loman. I saw Michey Shaunessey as Willy Loman in the mid 1950′s an old vaudvillian Atlantic City has been and he was wonderful also.

    • Kelly17

      I don’t even like seeing his name/picture let alone click on articles. It’s just so shockng and depressing.

      23 years of sobriety is pretty fantastic, it makes me think of Robert Downey Jr.

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      He was just so aware a person.

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      He just had to see the dark side of what’s going on.

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      It’s not just Hollywood. It is everywhere.Actors are in a dangerous profession.They trade on their emotions and depth of character and his was deep and great indeed.

  • Elizabeth Aspen

    Wow, the description of his death is eerily similar to his final scene in ‘Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead’ – one of his best roles. Such a great actor and good man.

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