PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN FOUND DEAD OF SUSPECTED OVERDOSE – It is with profound regret that we announce the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman whose body was found in the early hours in his Manhattan apartment.
Mr. Hoffman, 46, was discovered on the bathroom floor wearing only shorts and a t-shirt; a needle was still in his arm when he was found.
It was his long-time friend and screenwriter David Katz along with another female friend who had gone to check on him after he had failed to pick up his children as scheduled.
Mr Hoffman leaves behind his partner of 14 years Mimi O’Donnell, son Cooper, 10 and daughters Tallulah, 7 and Willa, 5.
It has been reported that he and his partner Mimi O’Donnell had separated recently but as yet it is unclear as to why Mr. Hoffman allegedly took his own life.
On being discovered a number of bags containing heroin were also found surrounding his body.
Medical examiners removed Mr. Hoffman’s body at approximate 7p.m from the building however crime scene investigators remained collecting evidence.
In 2005 Mr. Hoffman won the best actor Academy Award for his role in Capote; he was in our view one of the finest character actors of our era.
Mr. Katz told reporters of the New York Times that he had seen Mr. Hoffman just last week and at the time he was clean and sober; he believed that Mr. Hoffman had put his drink and drug use in the past.
Investigator released details of the bags of heroin found in the apartment; one contain a logo in purple with an Ace of Spades whilst the others were stamped with an Ace of Hearts. According to police officers they are now working to determine which drug dealers stamp their narcotics with such brand names.
From the tributes in the video above it is clear that Mr. Hoffman will be sorely missed by both colleagues and fans alike.
It is unquestionable, as stated above, that Mr. Hoffman was one of the greatest of character actors; a gift and talent that few truly possess and the world of acting certainly has lost one of its most supreme assets.
In the video above Mr. Hoffman talks about his role in Capote and here you get an insight into how he was able to break down a character into segments in order to bring the character to life and make it completely believable.
I for one think the movie industry has lost one of its utmost and most formidable actors; it is a loss that can never be replaced; I just hope that Mr. Hoffman finds peace.