Police: Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead In NYC Apartment
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead inside his Greenwich Village home, police sources confirmed to CBS News.
Multiple media outlets reported that the actor died of an apparent drug overdose. Police have not disclosed the cause of death.
Hoffman, 46, reportedly had battled drug addiction, but was clean for 23 years before falling off the wagon in 2012. He checked into a rehab center last year, reports said.
“This is a wonderful, versatile, talented actor with an unlimited future in front of him, but obviously somebody who had his demons,” film critic Leonard Maltin told CBS News.
“He’s one of the great actors of our generation, of his generation, and one of the reasons is his versatility. He could play ordinary guys, he did play a transsexual, he played a priest.”
He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 movie “Capote.” He also starred in films such as “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “The Master,” ”The Big Lebowski,” “Moneyball” and “Boogie Nights.”
He also received three Tony Award nominations for his work on the stage.
Hoffman was born and raised in upstate Fairport and graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He leaves behind a longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, and three children.
According to The Wall Street Journal, citing officials, Hoffman’s body was discovered around 11:15 a.m. inside his Bethune Street condo by a screenwriter.
February 2, 2014 2:29 PM
CBS NEW YORK