Philip Seymour Hoffman Dies at 46; Showtime Releases Statement

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, a one-time Oscar winner and multiple-time Oscar nominee, was found dead today in the bathroom of his New York City apartment.

He was 46 years old.

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Multiple reports confirm that Hoffman was discovered with a needle in his arm and drugs (believe to be heroin) nearby. He had spent 10 days in rehab for heroin abuse in May.

Best known for big screen roles (he was in the middle of shooting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 when this tragedy occurred), Hoffman was also slated to star on Showtime's Happyish.

The actor was set to portray an advertising executive who is sent adrift when his is taken over, with the network describing the tragedy as a “blistering attack on our youth-obsessed culture and a darkly comic examination of what it means to matter. Or matter not.”

In response to the star's passing, Showtime has released a statement that reads:

“Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of our generation’s finest and most brilliant actors. He was also a gifted comedic talent. It was a great privilege and pleasure to work with him and we are all absolutely devastated by this sudden loss. Our thoughts go out to his family at this very difficult time.”

Hoffman is survived by his partner, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children, daughters Willa and Tallulah, and son Cooper.

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He was a selfish person for doing drugs and leaving behind 3 children to grow up without their father. We need to stop worshiping celebrities when they pass because of overdoses and suicide! It's horribly selfish behavior and unforgivable.

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Some have wondered if the actor's passing had anything to do with the recent split between himself and his long term girlfriend and mother of his children, although one is wanton to wonder if the split was a result of the actor 'acting' up to his demons. Yet ironically it was the actor's incredible ability to tap into his dark that made him a Hollywood staple. Acting for the actor was simply 'torturous' on stage as he once told and one suspects offstage as well. At present cops are trying to trace who his drug dealer may have been as the empty envelopes of heroin with purple hearts have not been seen on the street since 2008... http://scallywagandvagabond.co...