Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday afternoon in his New York City apartment, a law-enforcement official said.
The New York Police Department is investigating, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine exact cause of death. The official said Mr. Hoffman, 46 years old, was found dead at his apartment at 35 Bethune St. in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
No word on a cause of death just yet. Hoffman was one of my favorite actors, able to disappear into his roles and equally make me laugh or cry. He won an Oscar for his work in Capote. I felt he should have won again for The Master. And I was sure he’d win again in the future. In fact, I thought for sure we’d be watching him work his magic and win awards for decades to come. The life of a great artist cut short.
Our thoughts at this time are with his family and friends.
Update: The New York Post and other are reporting that the apparent cause of death is an overdose of heroin.
This is not Hoffman’s first run in with substance addiction; he went through rehab out of film school and then again in 2012 after a relapse.