February 2, 2014

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead

February 2, 2014
Jennifer Dust

Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead in his Manhattan apartment after suffering an 'apparent drug overdose', say the New York police department.

A personal assistant to the 46-year-old is said to have found him dead at 11:30am this morning, a source told the New York Post, who are also reporting that Hoffman was found in the bathroom with a hypodermic needle still in his arm.

According to the New York Times, the friend visited Hoffman's home after he could not get a hold of the actor and grew concerned. WSJ criminal justice reporter Pervaiz Shallwani tweeted that Hoffman was alone at the time of his death and the man who found him was screenwriter David Katz, with whom Hoffman had recently been working on a project.

The Wall Street Journal, which broke the story, reported that the office of the chief medical examiner and the New York police department are investigating.

The Oscar-winning actor reportedly checked himself into rehab last year and has previously admitted battling a drug addiction in the past.

Hoffman is best known for his Academy Award-winning character in Capote and most recently starred as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

His role as Lancaster Dodd in The Master also earned him an Oscar nod.

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