On Sunday, February 2 The Wall Street Journal broke the news that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead inside his Manhattan apartment at age 46. His death was reportedly caused by a drug overdose although the official cause of death has not been released at this time.
Hoffman is well known for winning the Academy Award for Best Actor in the 2005 film "Capote," about the life of writer Truman Capote. He was appeared in dozens of films including "Twister," "Almost Famous," "Boogie Nights," "Charlie Wilson's War," "Moneyball," and "The Ides of March."
His most recent role was playing game maker Plutarch Heavensbee in the action film "The Hunger Games Catching Fire," the second film in the trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The actor was in the middle of filming for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," reprising the role of Heavensbee.
Born in New York in 1967, Hoffman was also active in theater and earned three Tony nominations for his work including two for Best Leading Actor and one for Best Featured Actor. Hoffman is survived by his partner Mimi O'Donnell, their three children, and his two sisters and one brother.
Hoffman has struggled with drug in the past and entered rehab for drug and alcohol addiction after graduating from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1989. He briefly relapsed in May 2013 which resulted in a stint in rehab late last year. The actor most recently appeared at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah to promote the film "A Most Wanted Man."
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