Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead in his Manhattan apartment after an apparent drug overdose.
The 46-year-old actor, who won an Oscar for Best actor for the 2005 film “Capote”, was found dead with a needle still in his arm and bags of heroin nearby.
The actor and father of three was found in his bathroom on Sunday morning on the 4th floor of his West Village Apartment, according to police.
The official said, “It’s pretty apparent that it was an overdose. The syringe was in his arm.”
Police stated that five bags of used heroin were found around the actor’s body by police and another two unused were nearby.
Hoffman was found dead in the bathroom of his fourth floor apartment at 11:36 by his friend David Katz, who called 911. Emergency workers rushed to the scene where Hoffman was discovered to be unconscious and unresponsive. He was declared dead on arrival.
A neighbor of the actor’s, Olivia De Santis, revealed, “Just the other day I saw him getting out of his mini cooper with his kids and his wife I guess. He was in sweatpants and a beanie and he looked disheveled”.
Philip Seymour Hoffman has admitted his struggles with drug addiction in the past, checking himself into rehab last May for heroin abuse after 23 years of being clean.
The family of the actor issued a statement saying, “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. 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 was also nominated for three Best Supporting Actor Oscar “The Master”, “Doubt”, and “Charlie Wilson’s War”. Hoffman recently starred in “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”.
Hoffman is survived by partner of 15 years Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children, daughters Tallulah and Willa and son Cooper.
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