Hoffman Family: We're 'Devastated'

Family and colleagues react to the actor's sudden death

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 2, 2014 4:06 PM CST

(Newser) – A wave of grief is pouring into traditional and social media today over the shocking death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, the New York Times reports. First, from his family: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone," they said in a statement. "This is a tragic and sudden loss ... Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers." Among other reactions to the 46-year-old actor's death:

  • "OH NO!!!!!" tweeted Mia Farrow. "Philip Seymour Hoffman has died. A truly kind, wonderful man and one of our greatest actors—ever."
  • "RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman," tweeted Ricky Gervais. "One of the greatest actors of a generation and a sweet, funny & humble man."
  • "Philip Seymour Hoffman. Unbearably, shockingly, deeply sad," tweeted Anna Kendrick. "Words fail to describe his life and our loss."
  • "He’s a local. He’s a fixture in this neighborhood," said one of the 100 or so people gathered outside Hoffman's building in New York City. "You see him with his kids in the coffee shops. He is so sweet. It’s desperately sad."
  • And a quote from Hoffman himself: "I try to live my life in such a way that I don’t have profound regrets," he told the Times a few years ago. "That’s probably why I work so much. I don’t want to feel I missed something important."

People look toward the home of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in New York.
People look toward the home of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in New York.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
In a Monday, Nov, 18, 2013 file photo, Philip Seymour Hoffman seen at Lionsgate's 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Los Angeles Premiere, in Los Angeles.
In a Monday, Nov, 18, 2013 file photo, Philip Seymour Hoffman seen at Lionsgate's 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Los Angeles Premiere, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Invision for Lionsgate/AP Images, File)
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