Assist. Arts & Culture Editor
Oscar winning actor and father of three, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in a Manhattan apartment on Sunday, January 2, 2014, of an apparent drug overdose. He was 46 years old.
Hoffman died of a heroin overdose after a 23 year sober spell that ended in 2012 when he had a drink at a holiday party and fell back into harmful patterns. At the time of his death, 70 bags of heroin, several cut with a strong pain killer called fentanyl were found at the actor’s home. Hypodermic needles and several prescription drugs were found as well. The actor himself was found with a needle stuck in his left arm.
Hoffman’s addiction began in 1989 after he graduated from New York University. Eventually he regained control of his life and stayed sober for 23 years. In May of 2013 he checked himself into a rehabilitation facility to help end his addiction to heroin. He wanted to get his problem under control before it ended his life. However, he could never quite kick the addiction and in the end it got the better of him.
Russell Brand, 38-year-old comedian and recovering drug addict as well, had much to say on the tragedy of Hoffman’s death.
In his letter to “The Guardian,” Brand wrote,
“Whilst routinely described as tragic, Hoffman’s death is insufficiently sad to be left un-supplemented in the mandatory posthumous scramble for salacious garnish… I can assure you that there is no as yet undiscovered riddle in his domestic life or sex life, the man was a drug addict and his death inevitable.”
Hoffman has won many awards and been nominated for countless others for his outstanding work in the film industry.
He is best known for his work in “Capote,” “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Moneyball,” and “Ides of March,” the second of which won him an Oscar. However, his talent as an actor roams far beyond such a limited number of films.
Hoffman’s spectrum of ability ranged from a mousy title character in “Capote” to a bold, unabashed spy in “Charlie Wilson’s War” to a pedophilic priest in “Doubt.” He was often drawn to characters that would force him to test his strengths and abilities as an actor.
Hoffman recently became known even better as a result of his role as Plutarch Heavensbee in the “Hunger Games” series. He was just seven days away from finishing filming “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2”when the actor met his untimely death. Insiders report that those seven days were to contain filming of crucial scenes in the final movie. The executives are confident, however, that the series as a whole would not fall short. The final two movies will stand as a postmortem testament to Hoffman’s ability and versatility as an actor.