Philip Seymour Hoffman has just died

By ZenobiaSky · Feb 2, 2014 · ·
  1. ZenobiaSky
    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

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  1. Beansy
    Breaking news here in the UK that the fine Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died of a drugs overdose. This is tragic, the guy was a bloody good Actor. It hasn't yet been reported what he OD'ed on, I didn't even know he had such demons. What a shame.

    A New York tabloid are stating that he died from a heroin overdose & was found with a needle still in his arm, I'm stunned.

    EDIT; The NY Daily News is where I'm getting my information from.
  2. Cwb20022
    This is a true shame he's one of my favorite actors. He's been fighting a heroin addiction for a few years now. Last I knew he was sober though. Damn he was one hell of an actor and I surely will miss him. He was in so many good movies. The big lebowski, pirate radio, capote, owning Mahoney, before the devil knows your dead( were he plays a heroin addict) the master, boogie nights the list goes on. RIP
  3. Beansy
    I didn't know he had a problem with addiction, this is all new to me. He was indeed a fine Actor, probably one of the best & by all accounts a really nice guy.
  4. ZenobiaSky
    FYI please read Drug News Forum: MUST READ BEFORE POSTING prior to posting News articles.
    But the basics include:
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    But thank you for trying, and spreading the latest, breaking news :) Hope this helps
  5. Beansy
    Sorry about posting without including the appropriate information. I'm using my old iPhone (I dropped my new one in the bath earlier) & can't seem to post links to the news article on this old phone.
  6. Beansy
    What a shame, almost unbelievable. The guy was clean & sober for 23+ years yet still succumbs to the urge of heroin. Staggering. :(

    On the news here in the UK it shows loads of people gathering outside his apartment block flashing their camera phones at every given minute. Very undignified
  7. ZenobiaSky
    It just goes to show that addiction is a life long disease we must deal with, My longest sober time was 16 years.

    btw... I actually didn't know who you were talking about till I posted the article with a pic, my memory is bad like that...
  8. seaturtle
    He has 3 kids, tons of money, and an awesome career, but threw it all away for Heroin. I have no sympathy for that, he should've been more responsible with his life, especially for his kids. He could've easily gotten rehab or methadone/suboxone and not died.
  9. Twak Tweekerson
    I hadn't heard from my friend for almost two months, until about an hour ago when she told me of the passing of Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He was a fine actor with many a dramatic role, however we will always remember him as "Brandt"
  10. Spaazkaz
    Damnit. May this be a reminder to all of us who consider ourselves 'recovered,' that recovery is a lifelong process. Man... what a smart, talented, nice guy. So sad.

    Edit: a little slow on the reply I see this was said above. It remains true.
  11. ZenobiaSky
    I know where your coming from, but we don't know the details surrounding what happened, and I know I am in no place to judge others for thier mistakes, and for all we know it was a one time relapse and OD'd on accident cause his tolerance wasn't what it once was.
  12. Beansy
    C'mon Bro, be a bit more sympathetic. Just because you have fame & fortune that doesn't dismiss you from the depressing grind of life. Maybe he just wanted to escape from some pressure he was under & thought heroin would help. Who knows what the state of his mental health was so it'll be unfair to castigate the guy.
  13. Rob Cypher
    Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday (Feb. 2).

    The 46-year-old actor's cause of death has yet to be determined but the New York Police Department is investigating and a law-enforcement official confirmed to WSJ that the Academy Award-winning actor died in his 35 Bethune St., West Village home.

    The New York Post reports that Hoffman was found dead on his bathroom floor of an apparent drug overdose by a friend at 11:30 a.m. According to the New York Times, the friend visited Hoffman's home after he could not get a hold of the actor and grew concerned. WSJ criminal justice reporter Pervaiz Shallwani tweeted that Hoffman was alone at the time of his death and the man who found him was screenwriter David Katz, with whom Hoffman had recently been working on a project.

    An official told the NYT that a syringe was found in the actor's arm at the scene, accompanied by what appeared to be an envelope of heroin. “It’s pretty apparent that it was an overdose," the official confirmed. "The syringe was in his arm.”

    It was reported in May 2013 that Hoffman underwent drug detox treatment for substances including heroin. Hoffman also battled drug abuse in his early twenties and was clean for 23 years before relapsing.

    "It was all that [drugs and alcohol], yeah, it was anything I could get my hands on ... I liked it all," Hoffman told CBS' "60 Minutes" in a 2006 interview. "I went [to rehab], I got sober when I was 22 years old. You get panicked ... and I got panicked for my life. It really was just that."

    The acclaimed actor is best known for his outstanding performances in films like "The Master," "Doubt," "Charlie Wilson's War" and "Capote" -- for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor in 2005.

    Hoffman is set to appear in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" due out in November of this year. The film is currently in post-production.

    Hoffman is survived by his longtime partner Mimi O'Donnell and their three young children.

    “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone," a statement from Hoffman's family reads. "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.”

    Kiki Von Glinow
    Huffington Post
    February 2, 2014
  14. Beenthere2Hippie
    Truth is, the average actor is not that damn wealthy, although many live within the trappings of the illusion of wealth. That could be part of the reason why the career is not always as satisfying an experience as we're led to believe.

    "There is a wide salary disparity among actors and a staggering unemployment rate in the profession. The National Endowment for the Arts reported that in 2009 the unemployment rate for actors averaged 36.8 percent, and during the fourth quarter of that year, it topped 54.8 percent. Actors are paid at daily or weekly rates or per project. Actors may work in several films per year – or none at all – so, annual figures vary drastically." (

    "The median expected salary for a typical Actor/Performer in the United States is $51,629. This basic market pricing report was prepared using our Certified Compensation Professionals' analysis of survey data collected from thousands of HR departments at employers of all sizes, industries and geographies." (

    Here's also an interesting look at an average successful actor's expenses for the year. This is eye-opening. Add to that the fact that many actors have long periods of inactivity and personal challenges (like addiction) added to the mix and it's easy to see that this may be a bad profession for someone who doesn't already have a family fortune to fall back on and has a history of addiction.

  15. Beansy
    Lilo Brancato (the actor who played Robert DeNiro's Son in A Bronx Tale) said in a interview that he was offered & given drugs everyday for nothing on the condition he'll attend this club or a certain party, he states that it was almost impossible to turn it down because of all the partying he would do. Can imagine that, being giving any drug you desire everyday for free, I wouldn't last a week..!!!
  16. Tigersonagoldleash
    That's what makes it so terrifying, and your post lacks understanding. RIP
  17. seaturtle
    Not castigating him, I simply cannot feel sympathy for someone in his position who kills themselves with Heroin. He destroyed his family to get high, even though he had every resource to avoid that.
  18. Rob Cypher
    Let me guess - you had somebody important in your life OD on heroin and you're still angry about it. It's okay to be angry; it's part of a process of grieving. It can last for years for some people, I've noted.

    Of course, if I'm wrong I apologize.
  19. Twak Tweekerson
    Alot of us have relapsed and lost alot (family,friends, etc...), and for those that pull through I would hope they have someone capable of sympathy and understanding waiting for them. Mr. Hoffman was in no better "position" than any of us when it comes to addiction. DF is a great place for opinion but perhaps this is one of the few threads that the notion of "if you can't say something nice..." should be employed. Just a suggestion. Take it or leave it. Not at all meant to be condescending.
  20. D0pe

    I am all for free speech and the right for any persons opinion so i will give mine also.

    Though i partially agree with you i think you should be more sympathetic to the loss of a persons life. Especially since heroin addiction is a very powerful and awful disease. Regardless of how he died and how it impacted the people around him every addict deserves respect.

    If i were to start slamming every person that died of cancer because they smoked.. Then started bashing on how it destroyed a family i would probably be stoned to death for my thoughts. Even people who eat and who are morbidly obese could be lumped into this category.

    In reality all of us do stuff that impacts the people around us. The best way to help people understand situations like this is not with hate but sympathy and remorse..

    Death is very permanent and it is something we all have in common. Drugs Forum has lost allot of members because of their own self destruction.

    I can sort of see your point of view in just the smallest respect. But you are giving a stereotype to allot of people that come her for support. Even a person with the highest amount of resources could still never find a answer or a cure for what they have. Even if you had a Billion dollars it would never be enough to cure someone of a addiction.. Otherwise a multi billion dollar company would of already came up with a cure.. There is no 100% cure for Opiate Addiction. If you find one let me know cause i will be the first one in line...
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