BREAKING: Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in NY

Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
Only Variety and WSJ are reporting this as of now.

Disregard: The Post is claiming a drug overdose.


hilip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of an apparent drug overdose
Updated On: 2/2/14 at 01:39 PM
wexy
Broadway Legend
joined:9/19/05
Not good news...
'Take me out tonight where's there's music and there's people and they're young and alive.'
jbroadway4
Understudy
joined:1/2/14
Wow. R.I.P
beautywickedlover
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/07
Some of the worst news I've read in a long time! I considered him to be one of the greatest actors around.
NotTheComfyChair
Chorus Member
joined:3/19/13
Huge loss to theatre and film. He crossed so easily between the two mediums.

Even bigger loss to his family, of course.

RIP
NYadgal
Broadway Legend
joined:5/18/04
Shocking news.

Terribly, terribly saddened by this.

Sending wishes of peace to his family and friends.
"Two drifters off to see the world... there's such a lot of world to see"
WiCkEDrOcKS
Broadway Legend
joined:6/13/04
Sad to see such a talented man go way too soon. I was looking forward to seeing him onstage again.
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devonian.t
Broadway Legend
joined:7/26/04
Very sad for him, his family, and to think of all the great performances we shall never see now
Will42
Broadway Star
joined:5/27/10
I have no words. Terrible news.
KathyNYC2
Broadway Star
joined:12/2/10
Another gone too soon... my thoughts are with everyone who loved him.
Sutton Ross
Broadway Star
joined:7/20/13
I'm so sad today. We are from the same town, and whenever he came back to visit he was so sweet and gracious to everyone. He was a brilliant, sweet actor. May he peacefully rest.
“Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker's game because they almost always turn out to be, or to be indistinguishable from, self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time.” Neal Stephenson
darquegk
Broadway Legend
joined:2/5/09
What a shame for him to die so young, and what a shame that the end came the way it did.

I wish that people would be more respectful and intelligent about this tragedy. I've heard all too many "he was a junkie so he had it coming" responses on social media already. First, that's incredibly disrespectful. Second, think about it logically: if heroin were legalized but regulated, Hoffman, especially out of rehab, would not have had to buy drugs in secret and would be immensely less likely to overdose. Alcohol can kill, and there are addicts in Hollywood, but one rarely hears of famous people dying of alcohol poisoning these days. If any good comes out of Hoffman's untimely death, let it be an increase in conversation about the negative effects of the failing War on Drugs, and a realization that legalization will not mean more addiction and death, but quite possibly much less.
Tink2
Stand-by
joined:8/7/08
Tragic. Just Tragic. RIP Mr Hoffman.
Sutton Ross
Broadway Star
joined:7/20/13
I agree Darquegk. Addiction is a very real, vicious, and heartbreaking disease. I lost my best friend ten years ago to it. I can't believe people would be insensitive about this and say something so awful as "he had it coming". It's a very complicated disease and we must be compassionate for people who struggle with it.
“Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker's game because they almost always turn out to be, or to be indistinguishable from, self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time.” Neal Stephenson
tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
Very shocking.

Very sad.
....but the world goes 'round
Musical Master
Leading Actor
joined:4/28/13
This is terrible. Thoughts go out to his family.

R.I.P.
everythingtaboo
Broadway Legend
joined:5/5/04
Please remember that his legacy is also that of his three children, the oldest of which is only ten years old. My thoughts are with them and his partner.


"Hey little girls, look at all the men in shiny shirts and no wives!" - Jackie Hoffman, Xanadu, 19 Feb 2008
iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
What an awful, heartbreaking waste. A waste of so much talent. And passion for his craft.

This country needs to take a long hard look at addiction.
"I know now that theatre saved my life." - Susan Stroman
GavestonPS
Broadway Legend
joined:6/10/12
Damn.

I too agree with darquegk: people shouldn't have to be perfect to deserve our sympathy for them and their loved ones.
CAX
Featured Actor
joined:8/12/09
I am floored by this news. I have also been surprised with just how quickly people have sprung into stone-throwing mode. I am thankful I have not faced a substance abuse battle, but will be first to admit I have had my share of "white collar" addictions... food, sugar, sex, shopping, truth bending, people manipulating etc... and in moments like this I can't help be think that if we removed the stigma attached to illegal substances AND/OR attacked other addictions with the level of vitriol with which we do drugs/alcohol, there'd be a whole lot more empathy in the air.

Updated On: 2/2/14 at 06:33 PM
mamaleh
Broadway Star
joined:5/11/04
I didn't realize he was still relatively young. What a terrible loss. May he rest in peace.