Philip Seymour Hoffman is dead at 46

Oscar award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment on Sunday. He was 46.

The cause of death has not been confirmed, but the New York Times, citing law enforcement, said Hoffman appeared to have died of a drug overdose.

Law enforcement officials told the Associated Press Hoffman was found with a syringe in his arm.

His 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 won an Academy Award for his performance as author Truman Capote in the 2005 movie, “Capote.”


He was also nominated in the best supporting actor category for his performances in “The Master,” “Doubt,” and “Charlie Wilson’s War.”

His role as a gay member of a pornographic film crew in the Paul Thomas Anderson film “Boogie Nights” is considered to be one of his breakthrough performances. The actor also garnered attention for his work on the Broadway stage in “Death of a Salesman.”

In January, Showtime announced the actor would star in a comedy series called “Happyish.”

Hoffman is survived by his longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell. The couple has three children.