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Oscar-Winning Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dies

Star of Capote and The Hunger Games dies of apparent drug overdose

By Anucyia Victor | Published: 3 Feb 2014

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46-year old acclaimed and Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died on Sunday at an apartment in Greenwich Village, New York. 

He was found by his friend, screenwriter David Bar Katz who was concerned after he was unable to reach him. 

Police said  that the death was from an "apparent drug overdose". Investigators found a syringe in his left forearm, two glassine envelopes with what appeared to be heroin in them and a number of empty envelopes in the bathroom bin.  

The father of three - two daughters and a son -  spoke publicly about his struggle with substance abuse, saying,  "It was everything I could get my hands on" in an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes. He revealed that he had first entered rehab for drug abuse at the age of 22. He had been clean for 23 years but fell off the wagon in 2012. In May of 2013, he completed a ten-day substance abuse treatment program.

Widely acknowledged to be one of the most talented actors of his generation Philip was a star on both stage and screen. He won his Oscar for his potrayal of  Truman Capote in Capote and was most recently seen alongside Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The actor’s family released a 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.' 

 


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