Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in his New York apartment yesterday. He was 46. The actor, who was nominated for a total of four Academy Awards and won Best Actor for Capote, was discovered by a playwright friend who went to check on him after he failed to pick up his kids Sunday morning. According to cops, Hoffman was found in his bathroom with a needle in his arm. Five empty bags of what was believed to have been heroin were found near the body, along with three unused bags. “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone,” read a statement from his family. “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.” Hoffman had a history of drug addiction and checked himself in to rehab last May. He had reportedly been clean for 23 years before relapsing in 2013. He most recently appeared in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and was due to appear in the film’s third installment Mockingjay as well. According to Lionsgate, the studio behind the film, Hoffman was just seven days shy of completing his work on Mockingjay. His role is not expected to be recast, although it will likely be scaled back.
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