Philip Seymour Hoffman has died. According to People, the 46-year-old was found lying on the bathroom floor of his New York City apartment shortly after 11:30am yesterday of an apparent drug overdose.
A police source said that Seymour-Hoffman had a syringe in his arm, and two clear envelops of what appeared to be heroin were found nearby. Further investigation turned up eight more empty envelopes.
Philip went to rehab last May for snorting heroin. He told TMZ that he’d relapsed in 2012 after being sober for 23 years. He abused prescription drugs before moving back to his drug of choice.
Seymour Hoffman earned praise throughout his 23-year career for portraying quirky and sometimes ruthless characters in films like “Boogie Nights,” “Almost Famous,” and “Magnolia.” He won a Best Actor Oscar for playing Truman Capote in “Capote.” He was also nominated for three Oscars for his work in “The Master,” “Doubt,” and “Charlie Wilson’s War.”
Philip was also an accomplished stage actor as well. He earned three Tony nominations for his work in “True West,” “Death of a Salesman,” and “Long Day’s Journey into Night.”
Seymour Hoffman’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.”
Philip is survived by his longtime partner, Mimi O'Donnell, and their three children – ten-year-old Cooper, and seven-year-old Talluluah, and five-year-old Willa.
Celebrity reaction to Philip’s death came quickly. Here’s a look at what the people are saying:
- George Clooney – “There are no words. It's just terrible.”
- Russell Crowe – "I have just heard about Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of natures Gentlemen . Rest in peace . Love and respect."
- Ellen DeGeneres – "Philip Seymour Hoffman was a brilliant, talented man. The news this morning is shocking and sad. My heart goes out to his loved ones."
- Lena Dunham – "Beautiful, beautiful man. We have lost so much joy to something so joyless. RIP PSH."
- James Franco – "Philip Seymour Hoffman -- he was the best of the best -- seems impossible that he's gone."
- Tom Hanks – "This is a horrible day for those who worked with Philip. He was a giant talent. Our hearts are open for his family."
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