RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman

Another celebrity falls to drugs. Oscar wining actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment according to law enforcement officials and the cause of death is believed to be from a drug overdose.  According to the New York City Police Department, he died with a needle in his arm. Hoffman was just 46 years old.

According to police sources Mr Hoffman was discovered on the bathroom floor wearing shorts and t-shirt with a needle sticking out of his arm. He leaves behind his partner of 14 years Mimi O’Donnell, son Cooper, 10 and daughters Tallulah, 7 and Willa, 5. In a 2006 interview with 60 Minutes, Hoffman said that he had suffered from drug and alcohol abuse before recovering at age 22. Hoffman relapsed many years later, checking into a rehabilitation program for about 10 days in 2013 because of problems with prescription pills and heroin.

He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 biographical film  Capote, and received three Academy Award nominations as Best Supporting Actor. He earned three Tony Award nominations for his work in the theater. Hoffman began his acting career in 1991, and the following year began to appear in films. He gained recognition for his supporting work in a series of notable films, including Scent of a Woman (1992), Twister (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), The Big Lebowski (1998 ), Patch Adams (1998 ), Magnolia(1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Almost Famous (2000), Red Dragon (2002), 25th Hour (2002), Punch-Drunk Love (2002) and Cold Mountain(2003). Hoffman was an accomplished theater actor and director. He joined the LAByrinth Theater Company in 1995, and directed and performed in numerous stage productions. His performances in three Broadway plays led to three Tony Award nominations: two for Best Leading Actor in True West (2000) and Death of a Salesman (2012); one for Best Featured Actor in Long Day’s Journey into Night (2003).

Philip Seymour Hoffman (July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014)

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