Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead: All the details You need to Know
Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead with a needle in his hand, Eyes and Voice learned.
The award-winning American actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead, yesterday Sunday 2nd February, at his flat in New York at the age of 46.
He died of drug overdose, EyesandVoice.com learned.
New York City law enforcement officials said that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead at his apartment Sunday afternoon.
The news of the death of Hoffman comes just one day after the actor’s representatives issued a statement denying he was dead after an internet hoax claimed the star had passed away on Saturday.
His body was found after a friend called emergency services, and police said he died of a drug overdose, Eyes and Voice can confirm.
A police spokesman said investigators found two small plastic bags and a substance suspected of being heroin.
Emergency services which was called by a friend of the 46 years old Oscar winning actor declared him dead at the scene.
According to reports, Philip Seymour Hoffman “looked pasty, drawn and downcast” while posing for what will be referred to as his last ever portrait photos at the Sun dance Festival.
Hoffman last public appearance was just two weeks ago when the Oscar-winning actor attended the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on January 19 to promote his new films ‘A Most Wanted Man’ and ‘God’s Pocket’.
Philip Seymour Hoffman didn’t look like a healthy man during his last public appearance and he looked drawn and despondent while posing for his last ever portrait shots, Eyes and Voice learned.
Hoffman was pale in complexion, Dressed in an olive green cardigan and grey T-shirt he looked worn out and weary during what will be regarded as his last public appearance at the Sundance Festival.
Hoffman’s body was discovered by a friend in the bathroom of his apartment in Bethune Street, in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan, around 11.15am ET.
According to the guardian: “Hoffman had admitted to suffering from drug and alcohol addiction problems after graduating from theatre school in 1989. He had spoken of checking himself into a rehabilitation clinic but until recently was believed to have been clean for 23 years. In a 2011 interview with the Guardian, Hoffman said his alcohol and drug problem had been “pretty bad” and expressed his fear that it might one day return.”
“I know, deep down, I still look at the idea of drinking with the same ferocity that I did back then. It’s still pretty tangible,” he said. Referring to his younger days, Hoffman added: “I had no interest in drinking in moderation. And I still don’t. Just because all that time’s passed doesn’t mean maybe it was just a phase.”
“Last year, there were reports that Hoffman had suffered a relapse,checked into a detox facility on the east coast after admitting to taking prescription pills and heroin.”
“It is understood that Hoffman was last seen alive on Saturday night, around 8pm. The friend who discovered Hoffman unconscious in his bathroom on Sunday is believed to be a playwright and a long-time associate.” – the guardian.
He was originally from Fairport, New York. Hoffman was one of Hollywood’s most loved actors. In 2006, he won the Academy Award for best actor for his leading role in Capote, a film based on the life of the novelist Truman Capote.
Sharlota Kay a friend to the actor stated: “He was a true actor. Not Hollywood style, not pompous”.
Tributes are pouring from everywhere following the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman at his home in New York on Sunday.
Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, George Clooney and many other fellow Hollywood actors and Broadway have paid their respect after the news broke.
Jennifer Lawrence, who starred with Hoffman in The Hunger Games, described him as: “such a incredible actor.”
“You played an excellent Plutarch. So sad,” Mrs Lawrence wrote.
Robert De Niro describing Hoffman as “a wonderful actor”.
“I’m very, very saddened by the passing of Phil. He was a wonderful actor. This is one of those times where you say: ‘This just shouldn’t be’,” De Niro said.
Julianne Moore, who co-starred with Hoffman in Boogie Nights, Magnolia and The Big Lebowski, said: “I feel so fortunate to have known and worked with the extraordinary Philip Seymour Hoffman, and am deeply saddened by his passing.”
George Clooney, who appeared alongside Hoffman in The Ides of March, said: “There are no words… It’s just terrible.”
Ellen DeGeneres, the comedian, talk show host and next month Oscar host, tweeted:
“Philip Seymour Hoffman was a brilliant, talented man. The news this morning is shocking and sad. My heart goes out to his loved ones.”
Eddie Marsan who starred with Hoffman in ‘God’s Pocket’, which premiered at Sundance last month. In paying respect to his co-actor, he tweeted:
In spite of his incredible talent and body of work Philip said the thing he most lucked out on, was his kids. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman
— Eddie Marsan (@eddiemarsan) February 2, 2014
In a statement, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s family said: “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.”
He is survived by Mimi O’Donnell, mother of his three children.
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