Some truly sad news this morning has arrived out of New York City: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died. The Oscar-winning actor was 46 years old and had a history of battling substance abuse.
NYPD is reporting that Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment this morning and investigators are hard at work to determine the reason.
Immediately, beyond the sadness of this great loss of talent to the movie world, director Francis Lawrence and the filmmaking team behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay must find someone to step into those enormous shoes. Hoffman was in the middle of filming his role as Plutarch Heavensbee in Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2.
He most recently was seen, not only in Catching Fire, but in The Master.
Hoffman earned four Oscar nominations in his career, and won for his role in Capote. He will be greatly missed. Stay with Movie Fanatic as we get more information on this evolving story.
[UPDATE] Early reports have Hoffman dying from a drug overdose. We'll keep you posted as more information comes in.
Click through below and remember Hoffman for what he has left us... a life on film.
1. Philip Seymour Hoffman in Catching Fire
Hoffman was an impeccable choice to join the cast of Catching Fire. His Plutarch Heavensbee is unforgettable.
2. Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master
Hoffman commanded the screen. That was never more clear than in The Master.
3. Philip Seymour Hoffman in Moneyball
Who would have thought that Hoffman would be perfect for a baseball movie? Well, with talent like his, in hindsight, his riveting role in Moneyball should not have surprised.
4. Philip Seymour Hoffman in Quartet
Quartet was a true, well, quartet. But, the one we couldn't take our eyes off of was Hoffman.
5. Philip Seymour Hoffman in Boogie Nights
Boogie Nights star Philip Seymour Hoffman. The movie was one of his first roles.
6. Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt
Star of Doubt, Philip Seymour Hoffman. The Oscar nominated movie featured Hoffman as a priest who may or not be who he says he is.
7. Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote
Capote star Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman won his first Oscar for his role as the real life legend.
8. Philip Seymour Hoffman in Almost Famous
Almost Famous star Philip Seymour Hoffman. His characterization made you want to get into music in the Cameron Crowe classic.