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Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in NYC apartment

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in NYC apartment

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN: U.S. actor Philip Seymour Hoffman poses on the red carpet during a screening for the movie "The master" at the 69th Venice Film Festival in Venice Sept. 1, 2012. The actor was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday, Feb. 2. Photo: Reuters/Max Rossi

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman has died from an apparent drug overdose at the age of 46.

The “Capote” star’s body was found in his New York home on Sunday.

Hoffman has struggled with drug abuse in the past and reportedly checked himself into rehab last year to battle an addiction to heroin after 23 years of sobriety.

A statement from a representative for Hoffman reads, “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone.

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“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.”

The actor began his career in the early 1990s, appearing in films like “Boogie Nights,” “The Big Lebowski” and The “Talented Mr. Ripley.”

In 2005, he portrayed Truman Capote in “Capote” and picked up a Best Actor Academy Award for the role.

Hoffman also received Oscar nominations for his supporting roles in Charlie Wilson’s War, Doubt and The Master.

In addition to his movie work, Hoffman was an accomplished thespian, earning Tony Award nominations for the plays “True West,” “Death of a Salesman” and “Long Day’s Journey into Night”.

He also co-starred in last year’s “Hunger Games” film “Catching Fire” as Plutarch Heavensbee. The character also appears in the next two films in the series. It is unclear if Hoffman completed shooting for the film series.

The actor was signed on to lead the cast of new TV drama “Happyish” and he was about to start work on his second directorial feature Ezekiel Moss, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams.

Hoffman is survived by his longtime girlfriend Mimi O’Donnell, their son Cooper, and daughters Tallulah and Willa.

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