Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at 46

[PeterPaul.ca] — Actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman—who won an Oscar for his 2005 performance in Capote—was found dead in his New York City apartment on Sunday at the age of 46, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Crowds and the media gathered outside his home after word of his death while celebrities flocked to Twitter expressing sorrow and shock. “Such shocking & sad news,” said actor and comedian Ricky Gervais via Twitter. “One of the greatest actors of a generation and a sweet, funny & humble man.”

The New York Times reports that he was found between approximately 11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in his Greenwich Village apartment. “It’s pretty apparent that it was an overdose,” an official told the paper adding that a syringe was found in his arm when paramedics arrived.

The cause of death is still being investigated at press time but Hoffman has had drug problems in the past, including an admission in June 2013 that he had started using heroin the month before after 23 years of being clean.

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