Philip Seymour Hoffman due to star in new TV series Happyish on Showtime has been found dead in his New York apartment this morning. CNN has reported that US law enforcement found Hoffman with a needle in his arm in what they suspect to be a drug overdose. Screenwriter David Katz, who has been working with Seymour on a forthcoming project, was first to find him dead at the scene.
The 46 year old has acted in films such as Capote for which he won an Oscar Award in 2005, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Along Came Polly, Charlie Wilson’s War, The Talented Mr Ripley, The 25th Hour, and Mission Impossible III, among others.
Hoffman has admitted struggling with drug addiction and was clean for 23 years before relapsing during May 2013. Yesterday, spokespeople for Hoffman denied he had passed away after a rumour circulated on the internet that he died last Saturday. Hoffman leaves behind his long-term partner Mimi O’ Donnell and their three children.