Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead
Actor found dead in his Manhattan apartment
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2014 12:33 PM CST
Updated Feb 2, 2014 2:19 PM CST
In this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 file photo, cast member Philip Seymour Hoffman poses at the premiere of the film "A Most Wanted Man" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.   (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) Philip Seymour Hoffman, the staggeringly talented actor who won a 2005 Academy Award for his portrayal of Truman Capote, was found dead this morning in his Manhattan apartment at the age of 46, reports the Wall Street Journal. Though the medical examiner's office has yet to release a cause of death, a heroin overdose is suspected. He was found in his bathroom by screenwriter David Katz, who, unable to get in touch with Hoffman, went to the West Village apartment. The New York Post goes further, reporting he was found with a needle still in his arm.

Police officials tell the Journal a hypodermic needle and two envelopes possibly containing heroin were recovered from the apartment. Hoffman had undergone a stint in rehab last May for snorting heroin. Hoffman had most recently starred in A Most Wanted Man, and leaves behind three children he had with longtime girlfriend Mimi O’Donnell. The New York Daily News has this statement from the family: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers."

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Feb 4, 2014 9:38 PM CST
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Norman Johnson
Feb 3, 2014 3:17 PM CST
Capote was one wierd movie,and so was that other one,The Master.I think Joaquin Phoenix will be typecast since playing crazy Freddie who drinks Paint thinner cocktails.I won't miss PSH,but that is sad he OD's and died.
Feb 3, 2014 8:54 AM CST
He was just another self-hating liberal Hollywood elitist. He was so intent on infringing on American's right under the 2nd amendment but he was not even able to keep his own life together. I feel bad for his family but overall, it's no great loss.