Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away earlier today, at the age of 46.
The actor was found in the bathroom of his Manhattan apartment at the Pickwick House at approximately 11:15 AM EST by an unidentified screenwriter. The exact cause of death has not been confirmed, although The New York Post reports that the actor was found with a hypodermic needle still in his arm, and heroin was found inside the apartment. Last year, the actor admitted he was abusing heroin, and he had completed a detox program last May. A full autopsy will be performed, although full results will not be expected for at least a few weeks.
Philip Seymour Hoffman won an Academy Award in 2006 for his critically-acclaimed performance in Capote, where he portrayed author Truman Capote. He was also nominated for his performances in Charlie Wilson's War, Doubt and The Master.
He will next be seen A Most Wanted Man and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. With production still under way on the two-part franchise finale, Lionsgate revealed that the actor had shot a majority of his scenes for both movies. Production began in September and is expected to continue until May, although the actor only had seven days left to shoot. The actor's untimely death will not affect the release dates of both films. Here's what the studio had to say in a statement.
"Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation. We're very fortunate that he graced our Hunger Games family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Philip's family."
"Hearing that Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away came as much as a shock to me as to anyone else i'd imagine. We spent some time together only 2 weeks ago and he seemed in a good place despite some issues he had to deal with. He was not only the most gifted actor i ever worked with (and judging by the legacy he leaves behind i am certain i share this with most if not all directors who were fortunate enough to work with him), he had also become an incredibly inspiring and supportive friend. i am so terribly sad as i find it impossible to comprehend what happened today and to collect my thoughts properly. I have to think about Mimi and the children and i wish them much strength coping with the loss of this truly great man as a father and partner."
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 director Francis Lawrence, producers Jon Kilik and Nina Jacobson, author Suzanne Collins and star Jennifer Lawrence released the following joint statement on behalf of the cast and crew.
"Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now. Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family."