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Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46


Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in New York on Sunday morning, the NYT reports:

Mr. Hoffman, 46, was found in an apartment in the West Village around 11:30 a.m. by a friend who had become concerned at not being able to reach Mr. Hoffman, a law enforcement official said.

Investigators found a syringe in his left forearm, at least two plastic envelopes with what appeared to be heroin nearby, and five empty plastic envelopes in a trash bin, the official said.

“It’s pretty apparent that it was an overdose,” the official said. “The syringe was in his arm.”

Hoffman's family released a statement this afternoon:

"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."

Hoffman's critically-acclaimed performances number in the dozens and included star turns in Almost Famous, The Master, Cold Mountain, Empire Falls, Magnolia, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and many others. He won an Oscar for his 2006 role as Truman Capote in Capote.

What a loss.

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  1. Sad .Still young, excellent actor, but seemed to have some problems. Poor children, feel sad for them, too. RIP.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Feb 2, 2014 4:12:29 PM

  2. People with actual talent, who add to the quality of our lives, die young while dreck like any Kardashian persist like jock itch.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Feb 2, 2014 4:33:54 PM

  3. Very sad, he was a very talented actor. Unfortunately addicts are expendable commodities in the drug business.

    Posted by: Jay | Feb 2, 2014 4:34:31 PM

  4. He was so good as Truman Capote. What a loss to the acting profession and to audiences everywhere.

    Posted by: Pervy McPerv | Feb 2, 2014 4:37:43 PM

  5. 'The Master' contains the best screen acting ever filmed in my lifetime. No contest.

    Posted by: Charles | Feb 2, 2014 4:44:51 PM

  6. He was a great actor and a truly lovely person. I had chances to chat with him on several occasions and he was bright, funny and supremely generous with his fellow actors. When he won Best Actor from the L.A. Film Critics for "Capote" he spent half the speech singing the praises of Catherine Keener. He also told me some hilarious stories about Streep when they made "Doubt."

    Actors this good don't come along every day. He wasn't a handsome leading man type yet he was compellingly attractive in ways better-looking actors rarely are.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 2, 2014 4:44:57 PM

  7. Agree @CHARLES. Makes my skin crawl.

    Posted by: Rowan | Feb 2, 2014 4:47:23 PM

  8. I feel betrayed.

    Posted by: james st. james | Feb 2, 2014 4:57:34 PM

  9. This is such sad news. He seemed such a jovial person and a marvellous and diverse actor.

    And he didn't come across as a diva......just a funny contented guy.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 2, 2014 4:59:37 PM

  10. When you play with drugs, you face the consequences. It is a sad loss, and I feel very sorry for everyone he left behind. But I find it very hard to find any sympathy for him directly.

    Posted by: wheelie81 | Feb 2, 2014 5:15:18 PM

  11. @WHEELIE81: I'm right there with you. Heroin? Seriously? Wtf is anyone thinking getting messed up with that?!! I feel bad for his family and friends.

    Posted by: AJ | Feb 2, 2014 5:28:26 PM

  12. Wow- now that is a shocker!

    Posted by: jarago | Feb 2, 2014 5:31:10 PM

  13. People who are heavy into drugs or alcohol are generally doing so to mask a deeper pain. So yes, I feel sympathy for them.

    PSH was a legendary talent and he leaves an amazing acting legacy with which to remember him by.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 2, 2014 5:42:28 PM

  14. @SPACECADET "deeper pain" is not exclusive to drug addicts. There are no excuses, just bad choices.

    Posted by: Jay | Feb 2, 2014 6:36:05 PM

  15. Did he finish filming The Hunger Games?

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Feb 2, 2014 6:43:05 PM

  16. We keep hearing he was 46, but I think he was a bit older than that. Actors lie about their age all the time. He was probably in his mid-fifties.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 2, 2014 6:56:45 PM

  17. So many actors dying too soon.

    I remember him for Owning Mahowny and Boogie Nights.

    But everything I saw him in was good.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 2, 2014 7:05:18 PM

  18. Who cares?

    Posted by: enchantra | Feb 2, 2014 7:06:24 PM

  19. @wheelie81 I find comments hard to read like yours. We don't have a good handle on mental health and substances as a society, so to simply say this is all about 'choices', or why would someone 'do' heroin sounds pretty ignorant and blames the victim. I'd encourage you to dig deeper. This wasn't just his problem...this is everyone's problem. Mental health services are dreadful globally. You are right in suggesting this could have been preventable, but not because of his choices...

    Posted by: Matt | Feb 2, 2014 7:06:30 PM

  20. It's a sad loss, but I can't muster-up sympathy for drug users/abusers ... I just can't, whether mental heath considerations or not.

    Posted by: Drummond | Feb 2, 2014 7:18:07 PM

  21. #richandfamousproblems

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Feb 2, 2014 7:36:09 PM

  22. drugs are bad

    Posted by: luke | Feb 2, 2014 7:50:26 PM

  23. I don't get these drugs apologists. Drugs have devastated the LGBT community. Non drug users also have to face and deal with the high HIV index fuled in large by the rampant and irresposible use of drugs.

    Posted by: Heath | Feb 2, 2014 8:09:07 PM

  24. I wasn't making excuses for him or others in his situation. I only stated that I feel sympathy for people who are so troubled that they throw away otherwise promising lives due to substance abuse.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 2, 2014 8:09:10 PM

  25. He had just broken up with his Porn Star Lover...Sad..

    Posted by: Ankerich | Feb 2, 2014 11:44:00 PM

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