Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar winning actor, dead at 46

Philip Seymour Hoffman in 2010. (Via Wikipedia)

NEW YORK, February 2, 2014 – Sources report that Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday in his West Greenwich Village apartment on Bethune St. Contacted by a friend at approximately 11:15 a.m., New York City police arrived at Seymour’s home and reportedly found him dead with a needle still in his arm, the victim of an apparent heroin overdose.

Hoffman appeared in numerous high-profile films during his career, including “The Hunger Games,” “Moneyball,” and “Almost Famous” and “Charlie Wilson’s War.” Most notably, he won an Academy Award as Best Actor for his eerily spot-on performance as controversial writer Truman Capote in the 2005 film “Capote.” The movie focused on the events surrounding the author’s creation of his controversial bestselling “nonfiction novel,” the murder chronicle entitled “In Cold Blood.”

Hoffman has been in and out of trouble associated with drug abuse over the years. Reportedly he had undergone detox for substance abuse as recently as 2013, after having remained clean for a number of years.

Hoffman will appear—posthumously now—in the latest installment of the “Hunger Games” saga, which is set for release in the fall of 2014.

No further details were available as of this writing.

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Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17
  • Tanya Grimsley

    very sad indeed. Addiction is a terrible thing. It doesn’t matter the amount of money and fame you have, it has no boundaries as to who can be overtaken. Sadly being wealthy just makes it a little easier to get a hold of. Rest in peace Phillip, may you be with Jesus.

  • Having seen heroin addiction grab someone close to me, it’s one of the most vicious killers on earth. The person I know was a young, healthy and athletic individual who within months looked like a concentration camp survivor and ended up in ICU with multiple organ failure. After two lengthy stays in rehab, we all hope recovery is permanent. But like Hoffman who became addicted again after 20 years clean, we will always be looking over our shoulders. Hate to say it, but the so-called gateway drug was weed, which progressed to the pills in Mom and Dad’s medicine cabinet, to meth, to heroin.