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Philip Seymour Hoffman dead: 'Catching Fire' actor dies after apparent overdose

Phillip Seymour Hoffman
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Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in New York City on Feb. 2. According to TMZ, Hoffman was found in his apartment with a needle in his arm. Overcoming a heroin addiction, Hoffman was clean for 23 years but recently he had fallen back into his old habits. According to the report, Hoffman checked himself into rehab in May of 2013. It's unclear whether or not he stopped using after his treatment.

According to the New York Post, Hoffman's personal assistant found him in the bathroom of his Greenwich Village apartment. Hoffman's assistant called 911 around 11:30 a.m. but it was too late -- he was unresponsive.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's apartment (35 Bethune St.) is being investigated and police are still on the premises. It is unknown if any other drug paraphernalia has been found but police have confirmed that it appears as though Hoffman overdosed -- presumably accidental.

Hoffman was most famous for his roles in "Doubt," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," and "Capote" -- for which he won and Academy Award.

Philip Seymour Hoffman was just 46-years-old.

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