PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN: LOSS OF A TRUE TALENT

BATD ON Feb 03, 2014 AT 11:42 am

by Valirie Morgan

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment Sunday, apparently from a drug overdose.

Authorities have reported that the 46-year-old Hoffman was discovered with a needle in his arm and that multiple used and unused bags of heroin were near his body. An autopsy to determine the official cause of death is being conducted today.

Hoffman was a true talent in the film and theatre worlds. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005 for his incredible portrayal of the title character in 2005′s Capote, and also earned three more Oscar nominations and three Tony Award nominations during his career.

Sadly, Philip Seymour Hoffman had a history of drug problems. In a 2006 interview, the actor admitted that he struggled with drug and alcohol abuse after graduating from university, and went to rehab in order to recover from his addictions. In May 2013, Hoffman relapsed, checking into a rehab program for problems with prescription pills and heroin.

Philip Seymour Hoffman in 2005's Capote.

Philip Seymour Hoffman in 2005′s Capote.

Before his sudden death yesterday, Hoffman had been busy working on Mockingjay: Part 2,  the final installment of The Hunger Games films. He joined the blockbuster franchise as game master Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire, which debuted in UK cinemas late last year. While many have been wondering what impact Hoffman’s death will have on the remaining films, production company Lionsgate said yesterday that the majority of his scenes had been filmed and that there were only seven days of shooting left. According to the company, release dates for the remaining two films should not be affected by Hoffman’s death.

Philip Seymour Hoffman had two other films in the works, as well: A Most Wanted Man and God’s Pocket. Both movies were completed, and A Most Wanted Man is still scheduled to release in August. Plans for God’s Pocket, which were acquired at Sundance Film Festival last month, have not been finalized yet. Hoffman was also planned to direct a Prohibition-era drama called Ezekiel Moss, which would have starred Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams. Its producers stated that they are currently working to “explore the next steps for the film.”

The actor is survived by his long-time partner, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children: son Cooper, and daughters Tallulah and Willa. They released a statement on Sunday, saying, “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone.”

Members of the acting community and fans alike have taken to social media to express their grief and respect for Hoffman:

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