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Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at 46: Oscar winner died of apparent drug overdose

Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
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Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an apparent drug overdose. He was 46. According to a CNN report on Feb. 2, 2014, Hoffman was found dead on Feb. 2 in his New York City apartment with a needle sticking out of his arm. The New York Police Department confirmed to "The Insider With Yahoo" that heroin was also found near Hoffman's body. An autopsy is expected to be done on Feb. 3, 2014.*

Hoffman admitted in interviews many years ago that he had battled drug addiction and alcoholism long before he became famous. Although he said he had periods of being clean and sober, Hoffman also said that he had periods of relapses. In 2013, he went into rehab for heroin addiction, according to TMZ, which reported that Hoffman said that his relapse began in 2012 by abusing prescription pills and then using heroin. According to TMZ, Hoffman was in rehab for about 10 days in May 2013, and he credited "a great group of friends and family" with helping him in his recovery.

Hoffman won an Oscar for Best Actor his portrayal of Truman Capote in 2005's "Capote." He was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for 2007's "Charlie Wilson's War," 2008's "Doubt" and 2012's "The Master."

His other movies included 2013's "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (which was the No. 1 box-office hit of the year); 2011's "Moneyball" and "The Ides of March"; 2010's "Jack Goes Boating" (the first movie he directed); 2006's "Mission: Impossible III"; 2000's "Almost Famous"; 1999's "Magnolia"; and 1997's "Boogie Nights."

Hoffman also did many theater productions as an actor and director. He received Tony nominations as an actor for his roles in "Death of a Salesman," "Long Day's Journey Into Night" and "True West."

Hoffman never married, but he had three children with his longtime partner Mimi O'Donnell, a costume designer who had been with him since 1999: son Cooper (born in 2003), daughter Tallulah (born in 2006) and daughter Willow (born in 2008). The couple met while working on the 1999 play "In Arabia We'd All Be Kings."

A few months before he died, O'Donnell reportedly kicked Hoffman out of their home because he had allegedly relapsed back into drug addiction. During the separation, he had been living by himself at a separate apartment in New York City. Hoffman had a scheduled visitation with his kids on the day he was found dead.

Hoffman's family released this statement: "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."

Before his death, Hoffman had completed filming of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1," in which he plays Plutarch Heavensbee.

Hoffman's other movies due out in 2014 are "God's Pocket" and "A Most Wanted Man," which both premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Hoffman was at the festival to promote the movies from Jan. 17 to Jan. 19, 2014. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival would be his last major public appearance.

It has not been announced what will happen to Hoffman's role in 2015's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2," since the movie has not yet completed filming. Hoffman reportedly filmed most of his scenes already for the movie, and he had about a week's left of filming to complete.

It has also not been announced yet what will happen to the movie "Ezekiel Moss," which was supposed to be directed by Hoffman. Amy Adams (who co-starred with Hoffman in "Charlie Wilson's War," "Doubt" and "The Master") and Jake Gyllenhaal were announced as the stars of the movie, which is about a Depression-era drifter (played by Gyllenhaal), who comes into to the life of a widowed mother (played by Adams).

Hoffman was also set to star in the Showtime series "Happyish." It has not yet been announced if the show has been cancelled, but it most likely will be cancelled before ever being televised, since it was being produced by Hoffman's Cooper’s Town Productions and only the show's pilot episode had been filmed.

Here's a look back at interviews that Hoffman did over the years:

Interview with Philip Seymour Hoffman for "Doubt"

Interview with Philip Seymour Hoffman for "Pirate Radio"

Interview with Philip Seymour Hoffman for "Jack Goes Boating"

Interview with Philip Seymour Hoffman for "The Ides of March"

*Feb. 28, 2014 update: According to CNN, the autopsy results found that Hoffman died of acute drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine.

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