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Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead at age 42

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Shocking news for celebrity followers in Fresno and all over the world today as academy award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment at age 46.

As reported by The Huffington Post, which was previously cited by the Wall Street Journal, the actor's cause of death has yet to be determined but the New York Police Department is investigating and a law-enforcement official confirmed to the Journal that the acclaimed actor was found dead in his West Village home.

The New York Post reports that Hoffman's body was found by a friend at 11:30 a.m. Despite this story still being in development, the Post cites that he suffered from an apparent drug overdose — having been found in the bathroom with a hypodermic needle still in his arm.

Hoffman had publicly admitted in 2006 that he nearly succumbed to substance abuse after graduating from NYU’s drama school, but that he got sober while in rehab. As he told 60 Minutes at the time, “It was all that (drugs and alcohol), yeah. It was anything I could get my hands on…I liked it all.”

Last year, Hoffman reportedly checked himself into rehab again for ten days after relapsing in 2012. TMZ said he began using prescription pills, then snorted heroin for about a week before realizing he needed help.

The acclaimed actor is best known for his outstanding performances in such films as The Master, Doubt, Charlie Wilson's War and Capote- for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor in 2005.

One again, the investigation is ongoing and this story is still developing. However, this examiner would like to extend his heartfelt condolences to Mr. Hoffman's family, friends, and fans as they suffer through this difficult time.