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Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in Manhattan Apartment

February 2, 2014

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead today in his Manhattan apartment. He was 46 years old and a father of three. The story was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. Police officials have said that Hoffman was found in his bathroom with a needle in his arm. Last summer, Hoffman checked himself into rehab after becoming addicted to heroin. After a number of memorable supporting appearances in movies throughout the '90s like Boogie Nights and The Talented Mr. Ripley, Hoffman earned the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005 for his portrayal of Truman Capote in Capote. Since then he has widely been tabbed as one of the world's top actors, picking up further Oscar nominations for his roles in Doubt and The Master. Hoffman was also hailed for his turn as Willy Loman in a 2012 Broadway production of Death of a Salesman. Per IMDB, Hoffman will star in a number of movies set to be released in 2014, including Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man and further editions of the Hunger Games series. At around 3 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon, Hoffman's family released this statement: "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." Hoffman won the best actor Oscar award for Capote in 2006. He was nominated for supporting actor Oscars for his roles in The Master, Doubt and Charlie Wilson's War. He most recently starred as Plutarch Heavensbee in the summer blockbuster The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. He will reprise the role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I, set for a November release. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II is currently filming. "He's one of the best actors on the planet," Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence told USA TODAY in November. "I thought he would be great at it. I just wasn't sure he'd want to do (the film). But he did." Hoffman had recently attended the Sundance Film Festival where he was debuting two films: God's Pocket and A Most Wanted Man. Showtime had recently announced Hoffman would star in a new comedy TV series, Happyish. Hoffman received wide acclaim for his stage work as well. On Broadway, he earned Tony nominations acting in revivals of the classics True West, Long Day's Journey Into Night and Death of A Salesman. Salesman teamed him with director Mike Nichols, with whom Hoffman had worked earlier in an acclaimed Public Theater Shakespeare in the Park staging of The Seagull, alongside Meryl Streep and Natalie Portman. He was a member of New York's LAByrinth Theater Company, whose other members include Ethan Hawke, Bobby Cannavale and acclaimed playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Hoffman worked as a director as well, earning Drama Desk Award nominations for his direction of Guirgis's Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train and Our Lady of 121st Street. He also was recognized for his television work, receiving a nomination for his performance in the 2005 miniseries Empire Falls on HBO. He was set to return to cable in a comedy about an unhappy adman called Happyish for Showtime. On Sunday, the network said that only the pilot had been completed. In 2005, Hoffman spoke to USA TODAY about his role in Capote: "I began to see that this wasn't simply an odd man, an odd writer. What he discovered writing In Cold Blood embodies what a lot of people go through. He struggled with who he was. He struggled with finding his place in the world. I think he struggled with how much attention he wanted to cast on himself." On fan support, he said: "I don't want compliments. I want to know what I'm doing right or doing wrong. No one wants to hear they suck. But sometimes it's the best thing you can hear. It's the only way you're really going to get better."

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