Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won an Oscar best actor award in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in the film “Capote” and created a gallery of other vivid characters, many of them slovenly and slightly dissipated comic figures, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment Sunday, February 2, due to an apparent drug overdose, law enforcement sources said. He was 46 years old.
Dead on the Scene
Police said Hoffman was found on the bathroom floor of his home and was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators found two bags of what is believed to be heroin inside the fourth-floor apartment, law enforcement officials said.
The police responded to Hoffman’s apartment in the West Village shortly after 11 a.m., after a friend found his body in the apartment and called 911. Hoffman was alone in his bathroom when he was discovered with a heroin-filled needle still stuck in his arm, the sources said.
Tragic and Sudden Loss
“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,” Hoffman’s family said in a statement. “Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”
Hoffman was last seen alive at 8 p.m. Saturday, according to the police. He was expected to get his children on Sunday, but he didn’t show up. Playwright David Katz and another person went to the apartment and found him dead, the official said.