Shocking news from the entertainment industry. Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment Sunday. The Academy Award winner, who had a long and public battle with drug addiction, was 46.
According to an article on "The Insider With Yahoo," the New York City Police Department confirmed that the actor was found dead around noon in his apartment in the West Village.
"The Insider With Yahoo" reports that he may have died of a drug overdose; he was found with a needle in his arm and a substance that appeared to be heroin was found inside the apartment. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that some 23 percent of individuals who use heroin become dependent on it.
Hoffman's family released a statement regarding his death:
"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." The family will not be making any further statements at this time."
In a 2006 interview with CBS' "60 Minutes," Hoffman discussed his drug use after graduating from New York University's drama school.
"It was all that [drugs and alcohol], yeah, it was anything I could get my hands on... I liked it all," Hoffman said. Eventually he decided to get treatment. "I went [to rehab], I got sober when I was 22 years old. You get panicked... and I got panicked for my life. It really was just that."
Hoffman most recently has been in the the movie "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." He won an Oscar for Best Actor for the 2005 film, "Capote" and was nominated for three Academy Awards as Best Supporting Actor. He has also received three Tony Award nominations for his theater work.