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Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, dies in N.Y. from apparent drug overdose

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the 2006 best actor Oscar for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote", was found dead Sunday in his New York City apartment with what law enforcement officials said was a syringe in his arm. The death of Hoffman from an apparent drug overdose was confirmed by police, according to The New York Times on Feb. 2.

Mr. Hoffman was found in the apartment by friend David Bar Katz, who became concerned after being unable to reach him. Law enforcement officials told The AP that glassine envelopes containing what was is believed to be heroin were also found near the actor's body.

The law enforcement officials spoke to the media on condition of anonymity since they're not authorized to talk about the evidence at the scene. But they did say to the press that they believe the cause of death was a drug overdose.

Hoffman was known to have a long struggle with addiction. He told "60 Minutes" in 2006 that he had given up drugs and alcohol many years ago at the age of 22.

Sadly, last year the actor checked into a rehab facility for about 10 days after a reliance on prescription pills sent him back to briefly using heroin again.

Known for his scene-stealing supporting roles, Hoffman was nominated for the best supporting actor Academy Award three times: For the 2007 film "Charlie Wilson’s War," for the 2008 film "Doubt," and for 2012's "The Master."

Hoffman had three young children, a son and two daughters, with his partner of 15 years, costume designer Mimi O’Donnell. The family lived in an apartment on Jane Street, not far from the Bethune Street building Mr. Hoffman was found dead in at around 11:30 a.m..

The city medical examiner will conduct tests to determine an exact cause of death. As of early Sunday afternoon, Philip Seymour Hoffman's body remained in the apartment as crime scene investigators worked the area.

"I saw him last week, and he was clean and sober, his old self," said playwright friend Katz, who called 911 after finding Hoffman's body. "I really thought this chapter was over."


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