Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Was Found Dead In His Apartment This Afternoon [UPDATED]

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[UPDATE: Philip Seymour Hoffman's family has released an official statement following the actor's untimely death:

“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. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”

At this time, it is being reported that investigators at the scene found a syringe in his arm and an envelope containing what is believed to be heroin.]

In incredibly tragic news that we're just hearing from The Wall Street Journal, award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his NYC apartment on Sunday afternoon. The official cause is currently unknown, but the NY Post alleges that it may have been a drug overdose. Last year the actor reportedly checked himself into rehab for a drug abuse problem that apparently had resurfaced after several years. If he did indeed die of a drug overdose, it's important to note that he was aware that he had a problem and he attempted to get help for it. But like so many people struggling from a drug addiction, he was ultimately unable to beat it.

While Hoffman acted in several films throughout his long career, he'll best be remembered for his work in Capote — a role that earned him an Academy Award for best actor. In addition to that award, he also earned two Academy Awards for best supporting actor for Charlie Wilson's War and Doubt. And perhaps, most relevant to Crushable readers, he recently played Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire.

He leaves behind his longtime partner, Mimi O'Donnell, and their three young children. So rather than speculate any further on the cause for his death, let's all keep his family in our thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time.

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