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Philip Seymour Hoffman: Dead at 46, heroin needle found in Hoffman's arm

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Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead today in his New York City Manhattan apartment. Hoffman died of an apparent heroin drug overdose, according to NPR and the New York Police Department. He was 46.

Hoffman’s death comes as a shock to fans and his peers. Celebrities flocked to twitter to express their condolences and to share their memories of the late actor.

Philip Seymour Hoffman was a brilliant, talented man. The news this morning is shocking and sad. My heart goes out to his loved ones. Ellen DeGeneres @TheEllenShow

Blu day, Philip Seymour Hoffman od'd. Addiction comes from trying to escape the pain of living. We all struggle with this but Drugs never help. Val Kilmer @ValEKilmer

Shocked to hear of Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s death. If you missed him as Willy Loman, you missed a Willy Loman for all time. Steve Martin @SteveMartinToGo

A statement issued by the actor's family said:

"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.”

According to the New York Times, police responded to Hoffman’s West Village apartment around 11:30 a.m. today after a concerned friend reported that he could not reach Hoffman.

The New York Times said: “Investigators found a syringe in his arm and an envelope containing what is believed to be heroin, the official said.”

“It’s pretty apparent that it was an overdose,” the official said. “The syringe was in his arm.”

Hoffman had struggled with addictions before, and had spoken openly about his drug treatments. There was no sign that Hoffman had returned to drug and alcohol use.

“He’s a local. He’s a fixture in this neighborhood,” said Christian McCulloch, 39, who said that he lives nearby. “You see him with his kids in the coffee shops, he is so sweet. It’s desperately sad.”

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