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

(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."

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.
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)
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams in a scene from the film, A Most Wanted Man, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams in a scene from the film, "A Most Wanted Man," which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.   (AP Photo/Sundance Institute)
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman appears onstage at the 2013 Envision Awards on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in New York.
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman appears onstage at the 2013 Envision Awards on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in New York.   (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Joaquin Phoenix, left, and Philip Seymour Hoffman in a scene from The Master.
Joaquin Phoenix, left, and Philip Seymour Hoffman in a scene from "The Master."   (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, File)
Amy Adams, left, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, center, in a scene from The Master.
Amy Adams, left, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, center, in a scene from "The Master."   (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company)
Philip Seymour Hoffman, center, and Nick Frost, right, are shown in a scene from Pirate Radio.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, center, and Nick Frost, right, are shown in a scene from "Pirate Radio."   (AP Photo/Focus features, Alex Bailey)
Philip Seymour Hoffman portrays Father Flynn, left, and Amy Adams portrays Sister James in a scene from Doubt.
Philip Seymour Hoffman portrays Father Flynn, left, and Amy Adams portrays Sister James in a scene from "Doubt."   (AP Photo/Miramax Film Corp, Andrew Schwartz)
A scene from Charlie Wilson's War with Tom Hanks as Charlie Wilson, left and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Gust Avrakotos.
A scene from "Charlie Wilson's War" with Tom Hanks as Charlie Wilson, left and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Gust Avrakotos.   (AP Photo/Universal Studios, Francois Duhamel, FILE)
Philip Seymour Hoffman, left, and Laura Linney in a scene from The Savages.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, left, and Laura Linney in a scene from "The Savages."   (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox)
Ethan Hawke, left, and Philip Seymour Hoffman in a scene from  Before The Devil Knows You're Dead.
Ethan Hawke, left, and Philip Seymour Hoffman in a scene from "Before The Devil Knows You're Dead."   (AP Photo/ThinkFilm)
Philip Seymour Hoffman appears onstage at the 2013 Envision Awards on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in New York.
Philip Seymour Hoffman appears onstage at the 2013 Envision Awards on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in New York.   (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Philip Seymour Hoffman, left, and Eddie Marsan, in a scene from God's Pocket.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, left, and Eddie Marsan, in a scene from "God's Pocket."   (AP Photo/Sundance Institute, Lance Acord)
Philip Seymour Hoffman appears onstage at the 2013 Envision Awards presented by the Museum of the Moving Image, on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in New York.
Philip Seymour Hoffman appears onstage at the 2013 Envision Awards presented by the Museum of the Moving Image, on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in New York.   (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
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