Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead aged 46 from a suspected drug overdose in New York.
Hoffman won the Oscar in 2006 for Capote and was nominated a subsequent three times, establishing himself as one of the biggest and most acclaimed actors in Hollywood. His varied career included films such as The Big Lebowski, Almost Famous and Doubt, comedies such as The Invention of Lying and blockbuster franchise The Hunger Games, the final chapter of which is yet to finish filming.
According to BBC News, the actor was found in his Manhattan home at 11.30 EST on Sunday February 2nd after a friend called emergency services. It is believed he died from a drug overdose.
Twitter followers have been expressing their grief on the micro-blogging platform, with fans and colleagues lauding the late actor and his career. Jim Carrey tweeted “a beautiful beautiful soul”. Ricky Gervais, his co-star on The Invention of Lying, called him “a sweet, funny & humble man”.
His substance abuse was made public by his own admission, and no doubt many will use this to condemn him as a negative role model. However, those of us who love his work will harbour only fond memories of a man who will be remembered for many years to come as one of the greats.
R.I.P Philip Seymour Hoffman
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