Philip Seymour Hoffman discovered dead in New York City apartment
The New York Post has reported that actor, writer, and director Philip Seymour Hoffman has died "of an apparent drug overdose".
He was found in his Greenwich Village apartment with a needle still in his arm, according to the paper.
Hoffman, 46, had an illustrious acting career, winning a best actor Oscar for portraying author Truman Capote in the 2005 movie Capote.
He also had three Oscar nominations for best supporting actor for his performances in The Master, Doubt, and Charlie Wilson's War.
(See all of his awards and award nominations here.)
He struggled with addiction, according to the New York Post article, and went into rehab in 2012.
In 2008, Hoffman told the Straight that he felt that he was running out of time to deal with the most important things in his life.
"I think that is everyone’s issue as they get older," Hoffman said. "Anyone who is entering into middle age understands that there isn’t enough time any more."
At the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010, Hoffman said that while directing his first feature film, Jack Goes Boating, he took a lot of rehearsal time with the cast.
“What’s so great about directing a film, there’s just so many people along the way who you are working with and you’re jamming with and ideas are flowing,” Hoffman said at the time. “You have all these people that you’re having conversations with. And ideas are coming. But the idea of being a leader is that you make the decision eventually.”
One of Hoffman's most intriguing roles was as a bank manager and secret pathological gambler in the 2003 indie film Owning Mahowny.
It was based on Langara journalism instructor Gary Ross's book Stung: The Incredible Obsession of Brian Molony. It was about a Toronto banker busted for embezzlement, which fed his gambling addiction.