Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment after a drug overdose according to authorities. The 46-year-old actor was found alone in his apartment by a screenwriter friend who called 911.
Hoffman, who is best known for winning the Academy Award in the 2005 film Capote, died from heroin overdose. Police arrived to the actor’s New York City apartment at 11:30 a.m. and found Hoffman sitting on the toilet with a syringe in his arm. He was wearing a shirt and boxers and nearby were four empty bags of heroin according to authorities on the scene.
His family, including his girlfriend Mimi O’Donnel, his son and two daughters, released a statement to the press expressing their loss:
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. His 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.”
It was known that Hoffman had problems with substance abuse as the actor was treated for it back in May of last year. Philip Seymour Hoffman admitted to TMZ that he went through a detox program after becoming addicted to an undisclosed prescription drug. The Oscar-winning actor has a history of drug use as he had a drug problem in his early 20’s. However, he then went over 20 years sober before succumbing to drug abuse.
It is not known at this time how long Hoffman has been using drugs since his rehabilitation. Investigators say there are no signs of foul play in his death.
How Did Philip Seymour Hoffman Die? Actor Found Dead After Drug Overdose.