Tragedy Strikes: The Devastating Loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Emily Theytaz ’17 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

Philip Seymour Hoffman. Photo Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images.
Philip Seymour Hoffman. Photo Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images.
Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found dead at his New York home early on the morning of Sunday Feb. 2 of an apparent heroin overdose.
When Hoffman hadn’t answered calls and missed a scheduled appointment, his concerned friend David Bar Katz – a screenwriter and director – went to his apartment and found Hoffman on the bathroom floor with a hypothermic needle in his arm and a plastic envelope of heroin near him. Investigators confirmed that five other empty envelopes were also found in a trashcan nearby.
In a 2006 interview, Hoffman discussed his struggle, after having given up drugs and alcohol at age 22. After 24 years of being clean, he entered a rehab facility in May 2013 for a reported heroin and prescription pill addiction.
Hoffman won an Academy Award in 2006 for his portrayal of author Truman Capote in Capote.  Following that win, he was nominated three more times for his roles in The Master, Doubtand Charlie Wilson’s War.   
He has also received critical acclaim for his work on stage. He was nominated for three Tony awards, his most recent nomination was in 2012 for his depiction of Willy Loman in the Broadway revival of Death Of A Salesman.
At the time of his death, Hoffman was in the middle of filming the popular franchise The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2. Director of the series Francis Lawrence released a joint statement along with the franchise’s star, Jennifer Lawrence, and producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, saying, “…words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now. Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family.”
Hoffman finished filming his role in Part 1 and only had seven days left of filming on Part 2, his sudden passing will not affect the release date of the films, but there is no word yet on how the production will move forward.

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