At the time of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death in New York City at the age of 46 from an apparent drug overdose, the Academy Award-winning actor had nearly completed his work on the two-part conclusion of the “Hunger Games” series, “Mockingjay,” according to sources close to the production.
“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,” a spokesperson for Lionsgate said in a released statement. “Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Philip’s family.”
Production sources also note that Hoffman’s work on “Mockingjay – Part I” was substantially complete, with only seven days of shooting left on “Part 2.” It is not clear at this time how his passing will affect the films, but both installments will be released as previously scheduled.
Hoffman’s family also released a statement a short time after the discovery on the actor.
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone,” the statement read. “This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving.”
New details about the circumstances of Hoffman’s death began to emerge early Sunday (February 2) afternoon. According to authorities, a friend of Hoffman’s found him unresponsive on the bathroom floor in his West Village apartment with a syringe in his arm and what appeared to be an envelope of heroin next to him.
Hoffman had struggled with addiction for much of his life. In 2006 interview with CBS News, he recounted his battles with alcohol and drugs during his 20s, for which he went to rehab. “It was all that stuff. Yeah. It was anything I could get my hands on. Yeah. Yeah. I liked it all,” he said, before explaining that he stopped because he thought it would kill him otherwise.
His issues with drugs resurfaced last year, when Hoffman re-entered rehab after having been clean for 23 years. He told TMZ that his ten-day stint in a detox center came as a result of using heroin for a week.
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