"Actors are responsible for the people we play. I don't label or judge. I just play them as honestly, expressively, and creatively as I can."
-Philip Seymour Hoffman, Time 2000
On Sunday, February 2, beloved actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found dead in his apartment in Manhattan. The New York Police Department confirmed that "a hypodermic needle and two envelopes containing what appeared to be heroin were found" nearby Hoffman.
His apparent overdose was seemingly inevitable, given that he had been clean off of drugs for more than ten years and had recently relapsed, stirring up his addiction once again.
Although Hoffman struggled for years with addiction, he is survived by his long time partner Mimi O'Donnell and his three children Tallulah, Cooper Alexander, and Willa Hoffman. Shortly after his death, the Hoffman family released the following 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 was said to be one of the greatest actors of his generation. His leading role as Truman Capote in the 2005 movie "Capote" earned him the Oscar of "Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role." This Academy Award win was only one of many awards and nominations Hoffman was presented with during his career. Among the younger generation, his death will affect his supporting role as Plutarch Heavensbee in "The Hunger Games" series.
Along with acting, Hoffman found comfort in directing and theater. Hoffman was championed as an elite indie film director with his project "Jack Goes Boating" (2010). He then portrayed the character Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman" in 2012, which was his final appearance on Broadway.
This sudden tragedy has left fans and fellow colleagues deeply saddened as they try to come to terms with the loss. "Hunger Games" co-star Jennifer Lawrence commented, "Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest condolences go out to his family.”
John Hurt, who starred with Hoffman in "Owning Mahowny", said, “It’s a devastating loss. His contribution was massive.”
Sources: IMDb, Deadline, The NY Times, The LA Times