As we all still reel from the news that Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead at the age of 46 earlier today in his NYC home, we learn now that Hoffman‘s family has issued an official statement regarding his death. As much as so many of us are still processing the loss of such an talented and accomplished actor, it’s unfathomable what Hoffman‘s family must be going through right now. Philip is survived by his longtime partner Mimi O’Donnell and their three young children Tallulah, Cooper and Willa. The statement below has been made available by the Hollywood Reporter and also includes a poignant obituary of the late actor.
“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.”
Survivors include his young children, Tallulah, Cooper and Willa, whom he had with his longtime partner, costume designer Mimi O’Donnell. Considered one of the finest actors of his generation, Hoffman also was Oscar nominated for his supporting work in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Doubt (2008) and The Master (2012). He received Tony Award noms for True West (2000), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2003) and, as Willy Loman, in Death of a Salesman (2012). Hoffman appeared as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) and continued in the series with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, now in postproduction. “Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation,” read a Lionsgate statement. “We’re very fortunate that he graced our Hunger Games family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Philip’s family.” The actor attended Sundance last month and was seen in the festival entries God’s Pocket, directed by Mad Men’s John Slattery, and A Most Wanted Man, a spy thriller that also stars Rachel McAdams. Showtime recently picked up his series Happyish (formerly Trending Down) in which he stars as a 42-year-old whose new bosses are half his age.”Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of our generation’s finest and most brilliant actors. He was also a gifted comedic talent. It was a great privilege and pleasure to work with him and we are all absolutely devastated by this sudden loss. Our thoughts go out to his family at this very difficult time,” read a statement from Showtime … Born on July 23, 1967, in Fairport, N.Y., outside Rochester, Hoffman received a degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and there helped launch a theater company with Bennett Miller, who would go on to direct him in Capote and Moneyball. Hoffman then made his screen debut in a 1991 episode of NBC’s Law & Order … He had two sisters, Jill and Emily, and a brother, Gordy Hoffman, who scripted the 2002 film Love Liza, in which Philip starred. During his Oscar-winning speech, an obviously overwhelmed Hoffman spoke lovingly about his mother, Marilyn O’Connor, and the influence she had on him. “She’s here tonight; I’d like you if you see her to congratulate her,” he said. “She brought up four kids alone, and she deserves congratulations for that. … She took me to my first play and she stayed up with me and watched the NCAA Final Four. Her passions became my passions. Be proud, mom, because I’m proud of you. We’re here tonight. It’s so good.”
Yes, the entertainment world lost one of this generation’s greatest actors but that loss pales in comparison to the loss felt by his family. CNN is very adamant in their reporting that one of their sources claims that Hoffman was found with a needle in his arm and that heroin was found in the apartment. When you consider that he was 20+ years sober and then suffered a setback last year (resulting in rehab treatment), it is sadly not entirely surprising that he likely relapsed again … and, sadly, died. Addiction is a disease. It is a disease as surely as the development of a malignant tumor is a disease. It’s really unfortunate the way our society views drug addiction. Had Philip Seymour Hoffman survived this drug overdose, would he have been prosecuted by authorities for drug possession and use? It’s impossible to know for sure but that possibility does remain … as does the truth that people who are addicted to drugs in this country are usually seen/treated as criminals and are only viewed as victims after they die. That said, I found it very courageous that Hoffman was so open about his rehab treatment last year. The conversation about addiction in this country has to change, the way we treat those suffering from addiction has to change. It pains me to consider what Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s last moments may have been like. Was he alone? Did he think he just needed one fix to get thru the night/day? Did he have anyone to reach out to in his weakest moments? My hope is that he didn’t suffer. There will be plenty of suffering to go around in the aftermath of his death but my sincerest hope is that, whatever his last moments were, Philip Seymour Hoffman is finally at peace.
My deepest condolences goes out to Hoffman‘s family and friends.