Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died from an "apparent drug overdose" in his New York City apartment, an NYPD spokesman said.
The 46-year-old was found dead in his bathroom in the city's Greenwich Village area at 11.30am local time.
Awarded a best actor actor Oscar for his role in the 2005 film Capote, Seymour Hoffman checked into rehab in May for heroin use.
"He was found dead in his bathroom of an apparent drug overdose," an NYPD spokesman said.
Police were called by a friend of the actor, the spokesman said.
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Hoffman's 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 is pictured here in a scene from 'Capote', the movie that chronicled the life of author Truman Capote, and was directed by Bennett Miller.
It was the role that earned him his Best Actor Oscar win in 2005.
One of his Hoffman's first roles on the big screen was in 1992 appearing in 'Scent Of A Woman', directed by Martin Brest, and starring alongside film legend Al Pacino, who won an Oscar for his perfromance.
Towards the end of the 1990s Hoffman began to appear in larger, more prominent roles, with films such as 'Boogie Nights' and the' Big Lebowski'. In the 1997 film 'Boogie Nights', the actor starred alongside Mark Wahlberg and Julianne More, playing a character called Scotty J.
In the critically acclaimed 1998 Coen brother’s film 'The Big Lebowski', Hoffman played the role of Brandt, starring alongside Jeff Bridges and John Goodman.
Despite his appearance in larger, more populist films, Hoffman was more often associated with the independent film world for his intense portrayals of often disturbing and complex characters such as the role he played as an obscene phone caller in the 1998 film 'Happiness.' Here he is pictured with his 'Happiness' co-star Lara Flynn Boyle.
Throughout his acting career Hoffman has attracted wide-ranging critical aclaim and in 2005 he won the Oscar for his title role in the film 'Capote'. He receive several Academy Award nominations, the most recent being in 2012, in recognition of his performance in 'The Master'. Hoffman is seen here collecting his Oscar at the 78th Academy Awards in March 2006.
As an actor Hoffman spread his talent across a wide range of projects from small independent films to all-action Hollywood blockbusters such as the 2006 film 'Mission Impossible III', in which he played Owen Davian. Hoffman is pictured here next to Tom Cruise and the rest of the film’s cast at a photo call in Rome for the premiere.
In 2008 his role alongside Meryl Streep in 'Doubt' once again gained him cricital acclaim and scores of award nomination, including both a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award nominations for best supporting actor. In the film he played the role of Father Flynn, a priest accused of abusing a student.
In 2010 Hoffman stepped behind the camera and directed, as well as stared in, 'Jack Goes Boating'. He is pictured here with his co-star Amy Ryan in a scene from the film.
He starred in director Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' in 2012, alongside Joaquin Phoenix. It was a role that saw him nominated for best supporting actor Oscar.
Hoffman also frequently appeared on Broadway, earning Tony award nominations for 'Death of a Salesman,' 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' and 'True West.' Hoffman, is seen here next to Andrew Garfield at the opening night performance of the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's 'Death of A Salesman' in New York in 2012.
He was recently seen on screen alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Woody Harrelson (pictured here) in the 2013 film 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire', in which he played Plutarch Heavensbee. Lionsgate, the studio behind the film called Hoffman 'one of the most gifted actors of our generation.'
One of his latest projects, that recently premiered at Sundance Film Festival, was the 2014 film 'A Most Wanted Man'. Here he is pictured in a scene alongside actress Rachel McAdams
Hoffman was 46 years old when he died and is survived by three children with his partner Mimi O'Donnell. He is seen here on the red carpet during a screening for the movie 'The Master' at the 69th Venice Film Festival in Venice in September 2012.
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The Hunger Games cast pay tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman
'The Hunger Games' cast and crew have paid tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was filming his part in the series at the time of his death from an apparent drugs overdose yesterday (02.02.14).
'The Hunger Games' cast and crew have paid tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The actor was said to be just seven days away from wrapping filming on the final part of the sci-fi film when he was found dead of an apparent drugs overdose at his home in New York yesterday (02.02.14), and a statement on behalf of the entire cast and crew has been composed by actress Jennifer Lawrence, director Francis Lawrence and author of the original 'Hunger Games' novels, Suzanne Collins.
It reads: ''Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now. Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family.''
The studio behind the movies, Lionsgate, has already confirmed Philip will not be replaced in his role as Plutarch Heavensbee in the final two movies, 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' parts one and two.
The studio also issued a statement about the actor's passing, calling him ''a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation''.
Many other actors and actresses who worked with Philip during his career have also paid tribute, including Robert De Niro, Gwyneth Paltrow, George Clooney and Jeff Bridges.
Philip is survived by his partner, Mimi O'Donnell, and their three children, Cooper, ten, Tallulah, seven, and Willa, five.
Justin Theroux visits Philip Seymour Hoffman's family
Cate Blanchett and Justin Theroux have visited Philip Seymour Hoffman's family to try and comfort them in the wake of the actor's sudden death.
Cate Blanchett and Justin Theroux have visited Philip Seymour Hoffman's family.
The actors separately paid visits to see Mimi O'Donnell, the estranged partner of the star - who was found dead at an apartment in New York yesterday (02.02.14) of an apparent drugs overdose - and their children Cooper, 10, Tallulah, seven, and Willa, five.
Justin was a very close friend of Philip and is said to be devastated by his death.
A source told UsMagazine.com: ''Justin is totally broken up about losing Phil. He's doing his best to provide some comfort to Mimi and the kids. He can't believe this happened.''
Although they didn't make a huge public show of their friendship, Philip had been there for Justin for many years. In 2005 he turned out in support of the actor at the premiere of his movie 'The Baxter' and in 2010 Justin appointed his friend team captain at LAByrinth Theater Company's annual Celebrity Charades benefit.
Meanwhile Australian actress Cate - who worked with Philip on 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' in 1999 - came to Mimi's house brandishing toys for the children.
Mimi had reportedly thrown Philip out of the family home late last year because of his heroin use and urged him to get sober.
A source told the New York Post newspaper: ''It was known that he was struggling to stay sober, and [Mimi] had given him some tough love and told him he needed some time away from the kids and to get straight again.''
The alarm was raised when Philip didn't turn up to collect his children on Sunday. He was found by a friend, David Bar Katz and his personal assistant, Isabella Wing-Davey.
Philip Seymour Hoffman admitted his drug habit was going to kill him just weeks before his death.
The 'Capote' actor - who was found dead from an apparent heroin overdose at his home on Sunday (02.02.14) - reportedly told friends in December that he was struggling to stay clean from the narcotic for more than few days and even returned to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to get support to stay sober.
According to gossip website TMZ, the actor was drinking heavily and looked ''disheveled and dirty'' in the weeks before his death and when asked how bad his problem was, he replied: ''If I don't stop I know I'm gonna die.''
It was reported yesterday (03.02.14) that police found 50 packets of heroin and 20 used hypodermic needles in the actor's New York home.
Many of the bags were stamped with 'Ace of Spades' or 'Ace of Hearts', which users say is heroin cut with a powerful pain reliever called fentanyl.
Other items recovered from the property include a charred spoon and five different medications which police suspect the 'Doubt' star didn't have prescriptions for.
Philip - who was sober for over 20 years before relapsing last year - was found unconscious at around 11.15am on Sunday by his friend David Bar Katz, who called for assistance.
David had gone to check on the actor after he failed to pick up his children Tallulah, seven, Cooper, ten and Willa, five.
His children live close by to the $10,000 a month apartment he was renting with their mother, Philip's estranged partner Mimi O'Donnell.
New York City police investigating the home of Philip Seymour Hoffman following his tragic death from a suspected drug overdose have found up to 70 bags of heroin, according to US reports.
The 46-year-old actor was discovered by his personal assistant and his friend, playwright David Katz, on the floor of the bathroom of his Greenwich Village apartment with a syringe sticking out of his arm.
According to American media sources, several of the bags of drugs allegedly found were stamped with the ace of hearts and ace of spades symbols, both of which are said to represent brand names of heroin that street dealers use.
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman from the New York City Medical Examiner’s office said that she was unsure when the results of Hoffman’s post-mortem examination, carried out on Monday, would be released.
“Sometimes we have to perform additional testing,” she said.
Yesterday, Jennifer Lawrence and the cast of the Hunger Games – in which Hoffman starred as the games master Plutarch Heavensbee – released a joint statement following his death. "Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now,” it read. “Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest condolences go out to his family.”
"This is a horrible day for those who worked with Philip. He was a giant talent. Our hearts are open for his family," Tom Hanks, who starred with Hoffman in Charlie Wilson's War told E! News in a statement.
"There are no words. It's just terrible," George Clooney, Hoffman’s The Ides Of March co-star added.
Meanwhile, Gwyneth Paltrow posted the following image via her Instagram account."Ischia 1998, post dinner, post shooting...Philip was a true genius. #philipseymourhoffman," she wrote in the caption.
Robert De Niro said in a statment: "I'm very, very saddened by the passing of Phil. He was a wonderful actor. This is one of those times where you say: 'This just shouldn't be. He was so young and gifted and had so much going, so much to live for'. My family and I send our deepest condolences to his family."
News of the actor’s passing overshadowed proceedings at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, in central London, where several former colleagues paid tribute.
John Hurt, who starred opposite Hoffman in Owning Mahowny, said at the ceremony: “It’s a devastating loss. His contribution was massive.”
Skyfall actress Naomie Harris said: "That's a huge loss for everyone.
"He was an extraordinary and intelligent man, so it's incredibly sad, and it makes the evening all a bit more sombre now, having heard."
"He did some tremendous work,” Steve Coogan said on the red carpet.
"Everything he was in, he raised the quality of his film just by his presence.
"People have different opinions about actors but you wouldn't find anybody who would have a bad word to say about any of his performances, they were all incredibly nuanced.
"There are actors and there are movie stars and sometimes they're both but he was an actor first and a movie star second."
Meanwhile, Lionsgate, the production company behind The Hunger Games franchise — called him “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,” the company stated.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman's mother, Marilyn O'Connor, arrives at Frank E. Campbell funeral home on Madison Ave. in New York for her son's wake Thursday.
Actress Cate Blanchett, left, arrives with her husband, Andrew Upton, at the New York City wake for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Actor and playwright Eric Bogosian leaves the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home in New York after Phillip Seymour Hoffman's wake Thursday.
Philip Seymour Hoffman's personal assistant, Isabella Wing-Davey, attends the actor's wake, held Thrusday at Frank Campbell Funeral Home in Manhattan.
Director Paul Thomas Anderson heads to Philip Seymour Hoffman's wake Thursday at Frank Campbell Funeral Home in New York City.
Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman's co-star in 'The Master,' arrives at the New York City wake for Hoffman.
Michelle Williams, left, and her mom attend Philip Seymour Hoffman's wake in Manhattan.
Mimi O'Donnell and her children leave for the Frank E. Campbell funeral home.
Philip Seymour Hoffman's last sitdown interview with The Associated Press was at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The actor talked about his movie 'A Most Wanted Man', signing up to do a TV series and staying grateful