The body of Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was discovered Sunday morning after a friend became concerned. Investigators found a syringe in his arm and an envelope containing what is believed to be heroin, a law enforcement official told the New York Times. Hoffman was 46 and leaves three children.
“It’s pretty apparent that it was an overdose,” the official said. “The syringe was in his arm.”
Hoffman won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in “Capote,” in which he portrayed the writer Truman Capote. The Times says he "he had undergone treatment for drug addiction in the past, and spoke in interviews about 'falling off the wagon' last year after remaining clean for 23 years."
Think of some of the roles you remember Philip Seymour Hoffman for, in addition to Truman Capote:
Plutarch Heavensbee in "The Hunger Games" films
Joseph Turner White in "State and Main"
Dean Trumbell in "Punch-Drunk Love"
The Count in "Pirate Radio"
Art Howe in "Moneyball"
Lancaster Dodd in "The Master"
Lester Bangs in "Almost Famous"
Freddie Miles in "The Talented Mr. Ripley"
Brandt in "The Big Lebowski"
Scotty J. in "Boogie Nights"
Dustin Davis in "Twister"
Phil Parma in "Magnolia"
Jon Savage in "The Savages"
Allen in "Happiness"
And many more.
Hoffman grew up in upstate New York and graduated from New York University with a degree in drama. He was well known for his stage work, receiving two Tony nominations for roles on Broadway. The Public Theater of New York posted this to Twitter:
The latter link is to a New York Times online gallery of Hoffman on stage.