Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday morning (February 2). According to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Police Department is investigating the case along with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine an exact cause of death. Hoffman, 46, was reportedly found in bathroom of his apartment in New York’s West Village neighborhood.
Last summer Hoffman entered a rehab facility for 10 days after slipping back into drug-taking following more than two decades of sobriety. Hoffman was a father of three young children with costume designer Mimi O’Donnell.
The New York Post reported that Hoffman was found by an assistant who called 911 around 11:30 a.m. after finding the actor dead of an apparent drug overdose.
The versatile star, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Truman Capote in 2005’s “Capote,” was nominated for Academy Awards for his work in “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Doubt” and 2012’s “The Master.” From the beginning of his career in 1991, when he landed supporting roles in such films as “Scent of a Woman” and a scene-stealing turn in the porn drama “Boogie Nights,” Hoffman established a reputation for portraying intense, often conflicted characters with a dark side.
He brought those acting skills to Broadway as well, notching three Tony Award nominations for his roles in “True West” and 2012’s “Death of a Salesman.” He reached a whole new audience in 2013 when he appeared as gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
He completed his role in this year’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” but it is unclear how much filming he’d done of the series’ finale, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2,” which is due out next year and is still filming.