SHOCK waves have been sent through the film industry following the sudden death of award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The 46-year-old, who won the best actor Oscar for the title role in Capote, is believed to have suffered a drug overdose.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the father-of-three was found dead with a needle in his arm in the bathroom of his apartment in New York City.
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His family has released a statement expressing their shock and thanking everyone for their support.
The statement read: “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.”
Crowds of people and camera crews have gathered at the West Side address, while his peers and fans have taken to Twitter to pay their respects to a man often regarded as one of the best at his craft.
Comedic actor Ricky Gervais summed it up as “such shocking & sad news”. Adding: “RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the greatest actors of a generation and a sweet, funny & humble man.”
“Philip Seymour Hoffman was a brilliant, talented man. The news this morning is shocking and sad.” posted Ellen DeGeneres. “My heart goes out to his loved ones.”
Chelsea Clinton also expressed her shock: “Very sad to read of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s passing. Keeping his family & friends in my thoughts.”
Hoffman had undergone treatment for drug addiction in the past and said last year that he had been clean for 23 years before “falling off the wagon” in 2012.
In May 2013, Hoffman had entered a detox facility and completed a 10-day program for his use of prescription drugs and heroin.
Hoffman was nominated for his supporting work in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Doubt (2008) and The Master (2012).
He also has appeared in The Big Lebowski, Patch Adams, Magnolia, The Boat That Rocked, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain and Moneyball.
He is survived by his young children Tallulah, Cooper and Willa, whom he had with his longtime partner, costume designer Mimi O’Donnell.