Hollywood was gravely shocked on Sunday by the sudden death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment from a possible drug overdose, reports CNN. He was 46.
According to authorities, the Oscar-winning actor was discovered in his bathroom with a needle stuck in his left arm. Inside his apartment, two bags of what is believed to be heroin were also found at the scene.
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone,” Hoffman’s family said in a statement. “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.”
With his deep-set booming voice that could elicit anything from fear to laughter to irony, Hoffman was a prolific actor whose work spanned from the sophomoric to the absurd to the venerable.
Hoffman got his big break in the romantic hit Scent of a Woman (1992), and from there appeared in countless films such as Magnolia, Almost Famous, Mission Impossible, Charlie Wilson’s War, and The Master. In 2006 he won an Oscar playing Truman Capote in the biopic Capote. Off the big screen, Hoffman was a three-time Tony Award winner, receiving honors for True West (2000), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2003), and most recently as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman (2012).
Despite being a master on screen and on stage, Hoffman had openly admitted to having issues with drug and alcohol addiction during college. Claiming sobriety for 23 years, he relapsed and entered rehab in 2013.
Among the outpouring of sadness from actors, directors, and Hoffman’s friends, perhaps actor Jim Carrey expressed it best in his tweet: “Dear Philip, a beautiful beautiful soul. For the most sensitive among us the noise can be too much. Bless your heart.”
Hoffman is survived by his longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children.