Celebrated actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died this week of an apparent drug overdose in New York City. He was 46 years old. Fans are openly mourning on social media and his 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.” The Oscar winning and Tony award nominated actor had battled addiction for decades but had allegedly been sober for over 20 years when he suffered this recent relapse.
Hoffman was known for his immense depth as an actor and his anti-star appearance characterized by unkempt hair and tousled clothes. He was never married but is survived by three children; a son and two daughters, and long time partner Mimi O’Donnell.
The New York Times reported that Hoffman had been in over 50 films over the course of his 25 year career including popular and cult favorites The Big Lebowski, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Boogie Nights. He won the 2006 Oscar for Best Actor for his lead role in Capote. Considered a “singular talent” he will be missed and long considered one of the greatest actors of his generation.