New York: Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment of an apparent drug overdose on Sunday. He was 46.
The enigmatic star, who was hailed as the finest character actor of his generation, won an Oscar in 2006 as best actor for “Capote” and was nominated for three further Academy Awards.
A substance thought to be heroin was found at the scene when police arrived at the actor’s home in Manhattan’s West Village after receiving a call from one of his friends.
“It appears to be an alleged overdose,” a police official told AFP. The actor was found on the bathroom floor with a syringe in his arm, wearing shorts and a T-shirt.
A crowd of journalists and neighbors gathered, and a red rose and a bouquet of white roses were laid at the entrance.
“They were always in the ‘hood,” she said. “My husband saw him last week… They were a part of the community here.”
Tributes quickly poured in from fellow celebrities and actors, with many taking to Twitter to express their sorrow.
“I feel so fortunate to have known and worked with the extraordinary Philip Seymour Hoffman, and am deeply saddened by his passing,” said Julianne Moore, who co-starred with Hoffman in “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia” and “The Big Lebowski.”
The three co-stars spoke through their agents to US media.
British actor-director Gary Oldman told Sky News there was an “audible gasp” when the news of Hoffman’s death was announced at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards.