By Will Ashton
It is with great sadness and remorse that I write that Philip Seymour Hoffman, an actor I consider to be one of the best in the business, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment this morning. He was 46.
The Wall Street Journal reports the Academy Award winning actor was found with a hypodermic needle still in his arm, and that he died of an apparent heroin overdose. Hoffman has struggled with the addiction for years, and what makes it sad is that he was recovering only to have recently relapsed.
Sources say Hoffman was considered a soft-spoken person, with a smart, direct and incredible passion for his work. I know, personally, that this news hit me like a brick, and considering he was only recently working his second directorial effort, Ezekiel Moss — which had just recently cast Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams, among other projects —this make the news all the more sad to hear.
Just looking back on all his great performances in everything from Punch-Drunk Love to Mary and Max, it’s clear this was an immensely talented performer who left us all too soon. He was severely be missed.
Hoffman will next been seen in God’s Pocket, A Most Wanted Man and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1 later this year, with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2 set for release next year. He was also working on a new show called Happyish.