Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead

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PhillipPhilip Seymour Hoffman is dead, ABC News has confirmed. The 46-year-old actor, an Oscar winner for the 2005 movie Capote, was found dead Sunday in his Manhattan home.  The NYPD confirms that Hoffman’s body was found at his apartment in Manhattan’s West Village at 11:15 a.m. by screenwriter David Katz and a friend.  So far, no cause of death has been released, though a law enforcement official tells ABC News that heroin was found at the scene, and a needle was sticking out of Hoffman’s arm.  Police say there was no evidence of criminality.  An autopsy is expected to be conducted Monday on the actor.

Last May, Hoffman entered rehab after admitting to snorting heroin; prior to that, he said he had been clean for 23 years.

ABC News has learned that Katz and the friend went to Hoffman’s apartment Sunday because the actor was supposed to pick up his two daughters and one son from their mother, costume designer Mimi O’Donnell, that morning, but he never showed. Hoffman was last seen at 8 p.m. Saturday night.

In addition to his Best Actor win for Capote, Hoffman was also Oscar-nominated three times for Best Supporting Actor, for the 2012 film The Master, the 2008 film Doubt, and the 2007 film Charlie Wilson’s War. He also appeared in Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, Magnolia, Moneyball, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Almost Famous and Cold Mountain.  He was most recently seen as Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in the smash hit Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire.

Hoffman was also active in the theater, appearing in plays like Death of a Salesman; he also directed plays, and was nominated for Tony Awards three times.

A statement from Hoffman’s family reads, “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.”

Lionsgate, the studio that releases the Hunger Games films, issued a statement saying, “”Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation.  We’re very fortunate that he graced our Hunger Games family.  Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Philip’s family.”

While Hoffman’s Hunger Games character figures prominently in the next two films in the series, his work on the one due to be released next, Mockingjay Part 1, was nearly complete and he only had a few days’ worth of shooting left on its sequel, Mockingjay Part 2.  His death isn’t expected to affect the release dates of the two movies, which are due to hit theaters this November, and November of 2015.

Hoffman was also set to star in a Showtime series titled Happyish. The cable network says in a statement, “Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of our generation’s finest and most brilliant actors. He was also a gifted comedic talent. It was a great privilege and pleasure to work with him and we are all absolutely devastated by this sudden loss. Our thoughts go out to his family at this very difficult time.”

The pilot has already been shot for Happyish, which was to follow Hoffman’s character, a 42-year-old man named Thom Payne, and his pursuit of happiness as he works for new bosses who are half his age. No word yet on the future of the project.

Reaction immediately flooded Twitter once the news of Hoffman’s death became public. Here are a few comments:

Albert Brooks:  R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the greats of his generation.

Ricky GervaisSuch shocking & sad news. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the greatest actors of a generation and a sweet, funny & humble man.

New York City Mayor Saddened by Philip Seymour Hoffman’s tragic and untimely passing. Today New York mourns the loss of one of stage and screen’s greats.

Shocked to hear of Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s death. If you missed him [in Death of a Salesman] as Willy Loman, you missed a Willy Loman for all time.

Anna Kendrick: Philip Seymour Hoffman. Unbearably, shockingly, deeply sad. Words fail to describe his life and our loss.

Jim Carrey: Dear Philip, a beautiful beautiful soul. For the most sensitive among us the noise can be too much. Bless your heart. ;^{

KevinSmith: This truly blows. PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN has died…First noticed him in SCENT OF A WOMAN. Brilliant actor. So sad…

Rainn Wilson: R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the greatest, kindest actors who ever lived.

Joel McHale: Rest in peace Philip Seymour Hoffman. You were one of the best. You’re gone way too soon. #RIPPhilipSeymourHoffman

Phillip Seymour Hoffman worked & lived with truth above all. I will desperately miss his talent.

Aaron Paul: We lost one of the greats today. Philip Seymour Hoffman RIP my friend. You will be missed always and forever.

Mia Farrow:  OH NO!!!!! Philip Seymour Hoffman has died. A truly kind, wonderful man and one of our greatest actors – ever

Devastated About Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death He was an Actors Actor! Life Seems 2B Like The BREATH,We Use 2 Blow The Candles Out.

Just hearing about Philip Seymour Hoffman. Devastating. What an amazingly gifted actor. RIP

OneRepublic: R.I.P Philip Seymour Hoffman.. U were honestly one of our favorite actors and stole every scene you were in. You will be missed, God bless. Philip’s amazing- the kind of actor that gets u to watch a movie based solely on the fact he is in it.

So sad to hear the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Such a great & talented man. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family.

Oh no no no. Not PSH. We needed so much more from him. What a talent. RIP.

R.I.P. Phillip Seymour Hoffman. One of our generations finest actors. Too sad. Gonna go watch synecdoche, ny again.

What!!??? Phillip Seymour Hoffman died!!?? So flippin sad!!!

Robin Wright said in a statement: “We have lost a true artist.  It is a tragic loss and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Gary Oldman, speaking at an awards event in London, said of Hoffman: “He had a danger to him. He had a vulnerability to him. I mean, all those qualities that make, what I think make someone watchable and very special.”

Kevin Costner: “It’s a shame because who knows what he would have been able to do. But we’re left with a legacy.”

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