This is the definition of the worst and I don’t even know how to properly do this, so bear with me. One of my absolute favorite actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment today. Some of you may remember that back in May of last year, the actor opened up about his problems with addiction. I was shocked when we learned that he had checked out of a rehab facility and I am shocked to learn now that he has passed away at the age of 46. Click inside for more.
Variety has some details:
Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday.
He was 46.
Law enforcement officials said Hoffman died at his apartment in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. No cause of death has been determined but officials suspect the actor may have overdosed on drugs.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the actor was found in his bathroom around 11:15 a.m. by a screenwriter, who called 911, the official said.
Hoffman, who won the best actor Oscar for “Capote” in 2005, most recently appeared at the Sundance Film Festival to promote his new films “God’s Pocket” and Anton Corbin’s “A Most Wanted Man.”
He was also shooting the “Hunger Games” follow-ups “Mockingjay Part 1″ and “Part 2″ in Atlanta.
Last year, the actor completed a 10-day substance abuse program for heroin. The actor later revealed that he had been addicted to the drug when he was younger but had been clean for over 20 years.
Hoffman broke through in 1997′s “Boogie Nights” and made an impression in indie and major studio roles such as Todd Solondz’s “Happiness,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Magnolia,” “Almost Famous” and “State and Main.” In addition to supporting actor nominations for “The Master,” “Doubt” and “Charlie Wilson’s War,” he received two Tony nominations for his work on the stage in “True West” and “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.”
Born in the Rochester, N.Y. suburb of Fairport, he graduated with a drama degree from NYU and made his film debut in “Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole,” followed by a role in “My New Gun.”
I’ve read in a few other articles that a source claimed he was found with a needle in his arm. I know we’re not supposed to be surprised when something like this happens. I know celebrities– even our favorites– our not infallible by any means. It’s just so hard to understand that someone so amazingly talented (and he always just seemed like the nicest guy, right?), could have been struggling with such demons.
Right now I just hate this. I hate this whole thing. All I can do is try to send as many positive thoughts as I can out to his family and friends.