Oscar winner dead of apparent drug overdose.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, the acclaimed stage and film actor, was found dead last Sunday morning in his Manhattan apartment. Law enforcement officials stated that the cause of death was an apparent drug overdose.
The actor’s body, which had a needle sticking out of its arm, was found Sunday morning by screenwriter David Bar Katz. Katz wrote two plays that Hoffman directed for the LAByrinth Theater Company.
Although Hoffman had been clean for twenty years, he had recently relapsed in his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction, and checked himself into rehab for substance abuse last year.
Hoffman’s death has led to an outpouring of support, sympathy, and fond remembrance from both fans and celebrities alike. The prominent actor, who received an Oscar in 2007 for his lead role in Capote, was working on several projects at the time of his death, some of which have been cast into uncertainty.
Philip Seymour Hoffman will surely be missed for his unique presence and contributions to film and theatre.