Tragedy has struck the entertainment world again as actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead in his New York City apartment. According to the New York Times, the cause of death appears to be a drug overdose. Hoffman, just 46, was found in his West Village apartment around 11:30 a.m. by a friend who was concerned when he wasn’t able to reach the actor. Law enforcement investigators found a syringe in Hoffman’s arm and an envelope containing what’s believed to be heroin.
“It’s pretty apparent that it was an overdose,” a law official speaking to the Times on condition of anonymity said. “The syringe was in his arm.”
Ironically, Hoffman had undergone treatment for drug addiction in the past and remained clean for 23 years before he fell off the wagon in 2012. According to USA Today, in late May, Hoffman completed a 10-day rehab program for drug abuse, which included snorting heroin.
Hoffman was a highly regarded actor in Hollywood, having won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the 2005 film Capote in which he portrayed writer Truman Capote. He was also nominated for Best Supporting actor for his parts in The Master, Doubt and Charlie Wilson’s War.
Hoffman leaves behind his partner of 15 years, costume designer Mimi O’Donnell. The couple has three children together, Cooper, 10; Tallulah 7, and Willa, 5. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.