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Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at 46

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Top news coming in to a wet San Francisco today is about Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The actor, who has won an Oscar in the past, was found dead in his apartment in New York City. He was 46 years old.

While the cause of death has not yet been revealed, it's likely that the heroin found at the home, greatly contributed to it. A needle sticking out of Hoffman's arm, was found when police arrived on the scene.

"I'm so sad to hear that news," says San Francisco resident, Katie Adler.

It was just last year that Hoffman underwent treatment for both heroin and prescription drugs.

TMZ reports that Hoffman had previously been in a detox facility on the East Coast, according to E! News.

Hoffman admitted on the "60 Minutes" broadcast that he had been taking drugs and alcohol since his teenage days. He went to rehab when he was 22 and became sober after that.

According to ABC 7 News, Hoffman's acting was extensive:

"Hoffman won an Oscar for his leading role in the 2005 film "Capote." He has also been nominated for his performances in the movies "The Master", "Charlie Wilson's War" and "Doubt" and has also appeared in films such as "The Big Lebowski" and "Almost Famous" and "The Hunger Games.""

More recently, Hoffman appeared in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," playing the character Plutarch Heavensbee.

Hoffman's family gave out this statement on Sunday:

"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."

This is a sad news story leading up to the joy and love that is Valentine's Day.

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