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Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in New York

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Story by Jack Foley

OSCAR-winning American actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead in New York, according to reports in the US media.

The 46-year-old was found in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday morning (February 2, 2014), it was first revealed in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

Medical officials have not yet commented on the the cause of death but law officials confirmed that he died at his apartment in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

According to the WSJ, the actor was found in his bathroom by a screenwriter who alerted the emergency services.

Although a drug overdose is being speculated, no cause of death has yet been forthcoming. Hoffman revealed last year that he had been addicted to heroin when he was younger but had been clean for over 20 years until a relapse last year (2013) that saw him complete a 10-day substance abuse program.

Hoffman made his name in the 1990s in films including Boogie Nights and The Talented Mr Ripley before winning the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of American writer Truman Capote in Bennett Miller’s Capote in 2005.

He was revered by his colleagues as someone with a mercurial touch to bringing humanity to some of the weirdest characters. But while rightly regarded as one of modern cinema’s true heavyweights, he also brought joy to millions in blockbusters such as Mission: Impossible III and, most recently, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

His family said in a statement: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”

Read our obituary l Hollywood reacts to Hoffman’s passing