Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead today in his Manhattan apartment according to CNN. His death was an apparent drug overdose as a needle was found in his arm by a playwright who had been working with him.
News of actors dying from drug overdose is unfortunately not uncommon. In 2008 actor Heath Ledger overdosed on prescription medicine, although it was considered accidental. In 2013 Kory Monteith died from an overdose of drugs and alcohol. In 2012 Whitney Houston was also found dead from a drug overdose in her hotel room.
Inside a Starbucks in South Miami, local residents react to the news of another Hollywood celebrity fallen from stardom. A former high school teacher, Marie, stated “It makes you wonder if they were not celebrities, would they still have had a drug issue. Also where did it start? Someone must have seen some warning signs”.
Indeed, warning signs are often evident to close family and friends according to Webmd drug abuse information. Even the stars themselves admit to having an issue and some even go as far as seeking professional help. In Hoffman’s case, according to CNN, the star never sought treatment because he believed he could overcome his issue himself without anyone else’s assistance. Regrettably this was not the case.
Hoffman was not a household name or face but his talents were often recognized. His career got a jump start in 1991 on “Law & Order” and he later went on to do theater works such as “True West”, “Our Lady of 121st Street” and most recently the Broadway classic “The Death of a Salesman” in 2012. Hoffman starred in a film called “Capote” in 2005 as Truman Capote and won an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Subsequently, his talents earned more recognition in the 2012 film “The Master” in which he won over ten awards for Best Supporting Actor from Chicago Film Critics Association, Florida Film Critics, and Broadcast Film Critics to name a few.
The question remains, with all the notoriety, stardom, power and money (at least more than the average person), what makes these celebrities turn to a life of drug abuse and sometimes drug overdose? Another Miami native nearby Aventura AMC Theater states “it’s the pressure. You have all this pressure to be the best and do the best that in time it gets to you. Really, the media helps them and destroys them all at once.