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Philip Seymour Hoffman Dies of Possible Drug Overdose, Celebs Pay Tribute

February 03, 2014 01:26:27 GMT

Jim Carrey, Kevin Bacon and Anna Kendrick take to Twitter to mourn the death of Hoffman as a law enforcement source says that the Oscar winner was found dead with a needle in his left arm.


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Hollywood is mourning the death of one of its great talent. Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of an apparent drug overdose on Sunday, February 2 in his New York City apartment, police said. He was 46.

His family has released a statement confirming the sad news. "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," the statement read.

Details surrounding Hoffman's death have also emerged. A law enforcement source told E! News that Hoffman's girlfriend called one of his friends when he failed to pick up his children. The Oscar-winning actor, who had struggled with addiction problems in the past, was discovered by a business associate shortly after 11:30 A.M. Eastern time in his Greenwich Village apartment.

The source also said that the Plutarch Heavensbee of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was found on the bathroom floor, dressed in shorts and a T-shirt, with a needle sticking out of his left arm. There were allegedly two glassine plastic envelopes containing heroin, which read "Ace of Spades" and "Ace of Hearts," near his body, and eight more empty envelopes were found in various places in the apartment.

Just a day before, on Saturday night, the "Capote" star appeared to be in good spirits when grabbing dinner at West Village eatery Automatic Slims with two other men.

Fellow celebrities have reacted to the shocking news. Hoffman's "Charlie Wilson's War" co-star Tom Hanks said in a statement, "This is a horrible day for those who worked with Philip. He was a giant talent. Our hearts are open for his family."

Other stars took to Twitter to offer their condolences. Sam Claflin, who starred alongside Hoffman in "Catching Fire", posted, "PSH - I am genuinely shocked, saddened and speechless. A truly wonderful man, with a magical touch. My hero. Thoughts are with his family."

Steve Martin wrote, "Shocked to hear of Phillip Seymour Hoffman's death. If you missed him as Willy Loman, you missed a Willy Loman for all time." Jim Carrey tweeted, "Dear Philip, a beautiful beautiful soul. For the most sensitive among us the noise can be too much. Bless your heart. ;^{"

Susan Sarandon remembered him as "a genius, brave and sweet" man and sent her "deepest sympathy for his wife and children." Ricky Gervais said the news was "shocking & sad" as he called Hoffman "one of the greatest actors of a generation and a sweet, funny & humble man."

Anna Kendrick tweeted, "Philip Seymour Hoffman. Unbearably, shockingly, deeply sad. Words fail to describe his life and our loss." Evan Rachel Wood added, "I am sad on so many levels about the loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the greats. Losing him this way is absolutely tragic."

Ellen DeGeneres wrote, "Philip Seymour Hoffman was a brilliant, talented man. The news this morning is shocking and sad. My heart goes out to his loved ones," while Jamie Bell prayed, "Hope you've found your peace. #PSH." Kevin Bacon also responded to the news with his tweet which read, "Oh what terrible news. What a talent. What a shame. #RIP."

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