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Tragedy struck this morning when actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment in New York. He was just 46 years old.
His death was caused by an apparent drug overdose, which was confirmed by the police. Hoffman was found in the apartment by a friend who was concerned when he wasn’t able to contact him. Investigators at the scene found a syringe in the actor’s arm, and an envelope nearby with what appeared to be heroin inside.
Hoffman was known for his struggles with addiction, and in 2006 admitted on “60 Minutes” that he had given up drug use back when he was 22 years old. However, in 2012 he checked into a rehabilitation facility for around 10 days, after a brief relapse involving heroin and prescription pills.
The hugely talented actor won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005 for his performance in Capote, one of my personal favorite roles of his. He was then nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 2008, 2009, and 2013. He is also best known for his work in films like The Master, Moneyball, The Big Lebowski, and Doubt.
Most recently, Hoffman appeared in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, playing character Plutarch Heavensbee. Set to reprise his role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, as well as Part 2, filming for Part 1 was just about finished and in post-production, being released this November.
However, most of his work filming for Part 2 was completed, but not all. At this time it is unclear what Lionsgate will do regarding his unfinished work, but it’s most likely we’ll be getting a statement from the studio soon enough. As of now, his tragic passing will not affect the release dates of either film, which are due for release on November 21st, 2014, and November 20th, 2015, respectively.
At this time, though, we must mourn the loss of such a talent. He gave us several great films during his career that was cut short during his prime. Although, such as with the unexpected passing of actor Paul Walker back in November, business is business for the films’ production, and we’re likely to hear news regarding Lionsgate’s plans for the upcoming Hunger Games sequels over the next week or two. He was able to draw audiences with each of his roles, and played such a significant role in Hollywood. So recognizable, so captivating. Such a devastating loss.
R.I.P. to one incredibly talented man, you will be truly missed.
Written by Josh Sazin on 2/2/14