Breaking News: Oscar and Tony-Winning Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead at Age 46
First reported by the Wall Street Journal, Oscar, Tony and multi-award winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead on Sunday afternoon, at his apartment at 35 Bethune Street, in Manhattan's West Village. According to police reports cited by the New York Post, the initial cause of death is believed to have been a drug overdose; and Hoffman had been admitted to rehab last year for heroin abuse.
The New York Daily News has added sad details, including that "Police said they were investigating a death at the actor's home on Bethune St. They were alerted to the death around 11:15 a.m. A source said Hoffman was found alone with a needle in his arm in the bathroom of his apartment. Sources said the actor used heroin."
He most recently appeared on stage in 2012's revival of Death of a Salesman, for which he received a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Play.
The show marked his return to Broadway for the first time since his critically acclaimed, Tony-nominated performance in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night in 2003. He also received a Tony Award nomination in 2000 for his performance in Sam Shepard's True West.
His Off-Broadway credits included The Seagull at the NYSF/Delacorte Theatre (dir: Mike Nichols), Othello, The Merchant of Venice, Shopping and Fucking, Defying Gravity and The Author's Voice. As co-artistic director of the LAByrinth Theatre Company, he has directed productions of Stephen Adly Guirgis' Jesus Hopped the A Train, Our Lady of 121st Street, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and The Little Flower of East Orange, and also starred in and directed Jack Goes Boating. He won the 2005 Academy Award and Golden Globe Award, among other honors for Capote. His film credits also include Boogie Nights, Happiness, Magnolia, The Talented Mr. Ripley, State and Main, Almost Famous, Cold Mountain, Charlie Wilson's War (dir: Mike Nichols), Doubt (Academy Award nomination), Jack Goes Boating, Moneyball, The Ides of March, The Master and, the Hunger Games among others.