Living hard, passing too early, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Hoffman died from an apparent drug overdose. He was 46-years-old. Our New York correspondent Vasili Sushko has the story.
NEW YORK (VR) – Scores of people came out to the West Village to pay their respects by placing flowers and candles outside the building where academy award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead on Sunday. Police were helping to maintain the crowd of onlookers as they conducted their investigation into the actor’s sudden death, which according to sources close to the investigation was the result of an apparent drug overdose. Neighbors and friends of Hoffman told NY1 News they were shocked.
“This is one of the nicest guys I ever met. Always friendly, always looking out for everybody.” – Unidentified neighbor speaking with NY1 News.
“Very very quite, nice, polite. Never made any noise, never complained about anything.” – Unidentified neighbor speaking with NY1 News.
Sources said Hoffman was found dead on his bathroom floor with a syringe still in his arm. Investigators said they are currently analyzing the syringe and the medical examiner will be conducting an autopsy on Monday.
Hoffman was only 46-years-old at the time of his death. He had starred in dozens of roles, from Broadway plays to Hollywood blockbusters, like the 2007 film Charlie Wilson’s War starring Tom Hanks.
Hoffman also won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the 2005 film “Capote” in which he portrayed Truman Capote.
Hoffman was a native of Fairport, N.Y., on the outskirts of New York City. He had three children with his longtime girlfriend since 1999. A statement released by Hoffman’s family reads, “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.”
During a 2005 interview with the Associated Press, Hoffman said that he was happy with his career and didn’t want lead roles that weren’t right for him.
“I don’t think that’s really important, you know you don't want a lead acting role if you’re not the one that’s supposed to be playing it. I'm perfectly satisfied with the career I had.” – Philip Seymour Hoffman, in AP interview Oct. 19, 2005
Fellow actor and friend Kevin Costner, who was in New Jersey for the Super Bowl festivities, said the news of Hoffman’s death came as a saddening surprise.
“Philip was a very important actor. It’s a shame because who knows what he would have been able to do. We’re left with the legacy of the work he’s done and it all speaks for itself. New York found him first with theater and the rest of us have been experiencing his talent on the big screen so we’re sad at his passing.” – Kevin Costner.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also offered his respects through his Twitter, saying he was, “saddened by Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s tragic and untimely passing. Today New York mourns the loss of one of stage and screen’s greats.”
Hoffman was also known for his roles in films such as Twister, Boogie Nights, and The Big Lebowski. He was currently in the process of filming the fourth installment of “The Hunger Games” films.