Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in his New York apartment

philip-seymour-hoffman.jpgThe 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.

More by Kevin Roderick:
Standing up to Harvey Weinstein
The Media
LA Times gets a top editor with nothing but questions
LA Observed Notes: Harvey Weinstein stripped bare
LA Observed Notes: Photos of the homeless, photos that found homes
Recent Obituaries stories on LA Observed:
LA Observed Notes: Photos of the homeless, photos that found homes
LA Observed Notes: Trump's new war, media notes and more
Dick Gregory
Gary Friedman, 62, longtime LA Times photojournalist
Kelly Wong, 29, Los Angeles firefighter
John Severson, 83, founder of Surfer magazine
Cecilia Alvear, 77, trail blazing NBC News producer
Rosie Hamlin, 71, writer and singer of 'Angel Baby'


LA Observed on Twitter