Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday in his New York City apartment of an apparent drug overdose.
Hoffman struggled with substance abuse in the past, but had been clean for 23 years until he relapsed in 2012. In May of 2013, he completed a 10-day substance abuse treatment program.
The acclaimed 46 year-old actor won an Academy Award in 2006 for his leading role in the Truman Capote biopic Capote and was nominated for his supporting role in Charlie Wilson’s War. His most recent roles include Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Lionsgate’s dystopian action sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee.
Hoffman’s character plays a pivotal part in Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay novel and the actor has already shot the majority of his scenes for the upcoming film adaptions The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was recently spotted at the Sundance Film Festival in January to support his latest film A Most Wanted Man, an adaptation of John Le Carre’s psychological novel, co-starring Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright.
Hoffman’s family released a statement saying, “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”
Additionally, Lionsgate released a statement saying, “Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation. We’re very fortunate that he graced our ‘Hunger Games’ family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Philip’s family.”