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Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in NYC apartment

Actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman—who won an Oscar for his 2005 performance in Capote—was found dead in his New York City apartment on Sunday at the age of 46, the Wall Street Journal reports.

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 18: Philip Seymour Hoffman attends Day 2 of Oakley Learn To Ride With AOL At Sundance on January 18, 2014 in Park City, Utah.
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Crowds and the media gathered outside his home after word of his death while celebrities flocked to Twitter expressing sorrow and shock:

“Such shocking & sad news,” said actor and comedian Ricky Gervais via Twitter. “One of the greatest actors of a generation and a sweet, funny & humble man.”

British band Duran Duran also acknowledged Hoffman’s death on the social media network.

Whoppi Goldberg released a Twitter update hoping the news was a hoax but later said she realized he was really dead. “I see that it's not a hoax PSH is dead,” she said.

“We're shocked and deeply saddened to learn that Philip Seymour Hoffman has died,” the British Academy of Film and Television Arts said in a statement confirming Hoffman's death.

The New York Times reports that he was found at approximately 11:30 a.m. in his West Village, New York, apartment.

“It’s pretty apparent that it was an overdose,” an official told the paper adding that a syringe was found in his arm when paramedics arrived.

The cause of death is still being investigated at this time but Hoffman has had drug problems in the past, including an admission in June 2013 that he had started using heroin the month before after 23 years of being clean.