The New York Times
Some 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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