Rest in Peace: Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Rest in Peace: Philip Seymour HoffmanSome really sad news is coming out of New York City today as award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment due to an alleged overdose. He was 46.

Hoffman was found in an apartment in the West Village around 11:30 AM by a friend who had become concerned at not being able to reach him. Investigators found a syringe in his left forearm, at least two plastic envelopes with what appeared to be heroin nearby, and five empty plastic envelopes in a trash bin, the official said.

Hoffman, though he’s given many creepy performances, worked within the genre only a couple of times… once as Freddy Lounds in the 1992 film Red Dragon and most recently in the role of Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (which is currently in post-production), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (which is still filming). It is unclear at this point whether or not Hoffman’s part in the second film had completed.

Back in 2012 it was announced that Hoffman was to direct the Depression Era ghost story Ezekiel Moss for Mandalay Pictures. The 2011 Black List script by Keith Bunin followed a young, imaginative boy living in a small town who befriends a mysterious drifter who may have the ability to communicate with the dead. The project never came to fruition.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincerest of condolences to Hoffman’s friends, family, and constituents. May you finally find peace, sir. You will be missed.

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  • aliensharkboy

    I watched Deep Impact, only to hop on my laptop and discover Maximilian Schell has died. I then watched Twister, went on my laptop and discovered Hoffman has died as well. I ended my day with a viewing of Air Force 1, so here’s hoping Harrison Ford is doing okay.

    R.I.P. Hoffman, you’ll be greatly missed and never forgotten.

    PS: I’m pretty sure his name only has one L.

  • NYC-Hearts

    I may be biased as we both came from Rochester, and went to high schools a few miles apart, but he really was one of the best actors of his generation, and by all accounts–from when in high school to last week–a lovely person. (I presume the elementary school years were not an exception to this rule ;). On a professional basis, he could take a small role, and bring real depth.

    He shall be missed.

    Also, can I just say, kids, experiment all you want with drugs, but, please, for the love of God, stay away from heroin. Nothing good can come of it.