Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in New York, drug overdose suspected

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Philip Seymour Hoffman was found with a needle in his arm by a screenwriter in the bathroom of his apartment. Reuters Philip Seymour Hoffman was found with a needle in his arm by a screenwriter in the bathroom of his apartment. Reuters
SummaryPhilip Seymour Hoffman was found with a needle in his arm by a screenwriter in the bathroom of his apartment.

who worked with Philip," Tom Hanks, who co-starred with him in "Charlie Wilson's War," said in a statement. "He was a giant talent. Our hearts are open for his family."

And British comedian Russell Brand, who has discussed his own struggles with drug abuse, offered his sympathies to Hoffman's family on Twitter. "Addiction kills, I hope all who need it have access to abstinence based recovery," he wrote.

Showtime, the cable television network which had just ordered a 10-episode comedy, "Happyish," starring Hoffman and produced by his company, Cooper's Town Productions, mourned the loss of the talented actor.

"Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of our generation's finest and most brilliant actors. He was also a gifted comedic talent. It was a great privilege and pleasure to work with him and we are all absolutely devastated by this sudden loss," it said.

Hoffman appeared last month at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah for the premiere of "A Most Wanted Man," an espionage thriller based on the John le Carre novel in which he played German spy Gunther Bachmann.

At the premiere, Hoffman told Reuters that he connected to Gunther's personality, a man driven by the shame of previous failure into an obsessive pursuit of capturing terrorists by any means necessary.

"I think it'd be hard for anyone not to connect with the loneliness. He's pretty lonely, driven, obsessive guy, unforgiving of himself in a lot of ways. A lot of traits that a lot of people carry in one grade or another," Hoffman said.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said via Twitter: "Saddened by Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic and untimely passing. Today New York mourns the loss of one of stage and screen's greats."

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