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Academy Award-winner dead at 46 due to drug overdose

As CNN reported, Philip Seymour Hoffman was a beefy 5-foot-10 but won an Oscar for playing the slight, 5-foot-3 Truman Capote. He had the booming voice of a deity but often played schlubs and conflicted characters.

He was found dead of an apparent drug overdose late Sunday morning in a Manhattan apartment he maintained as and office. Sadly, law-enforcement officials report that a hypodermic needle and two glassine envelopes containing what is believed to be heroin were found in the apartment along with prescription drugs that he did not prescriptions for.

The 46-year-old actor was found unconscious in the bathroom of his fourth-floor apartment by screenwriter David Bar Katz, who called 911, a law-enforcement official said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hoffman's family called his death "a tragic and sudden loss."