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    I was really sad to see this. He was a very talented actor, one those that kinda guarantees a movie's quality by him being in it. I hope that his spirit and his loved ones find peace, comfort, and healing. I hope that anyone else in the world who shares his struggles can get the help they need.
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    Another Cory Monteith-style death. So very sad; rightly or wrongly, we tend to feel these things more when it's someone of note (i.e. not anonymous to the public-at-large).

    Hoffman was an actor that IMO, with a long career, would have undoubtedly been regarded in the same elite category as actors like Marlon Brando, to name but one example. Phillip Seymour Hoffman was an artist with the ability of getting lost within his character, to the point where he BECAME that character. A true artist.

    And yet, here we are again...saying farewell decades before we should in a real self-inflicted tragedy.

    RIP Mr. Hoffman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrickHouse View Post
    That's exactly what I was going to say. I can't say I'm surprised, given the rumors that he was using again, but somehow I'm still shocked. RIP.
    That's how I feel. I'm surprised and yet not. I always thought he was a bit of an oddball, and figured he had some demons. It sucks, but I tend to think some actors are so talented because of their personal struggles, while others are hindered by them. He always struck me as the tortured genius type. Still, great art is no consolation for a lost life.

    Having dealt with a heroin addict sister, I understand the conflicting emotions others have expressed. It's hard not to be angry about the chaos left in an addict's wake, but I always remember something a therapist said to me once - "A heroin addiction is one of the worst things that can happen to someone." I know it isn't a random affliction, like the flu or getting stung by a bee. It doesn't just happen. But it's not intentional either. By the time someone turns to heroin, they're usually in so deep they don't feel like it's a choice anymore. And once they're hooked, they lose themselves the same way their family loses them. I'd rather walk barefoot over broken glass than battle heroin. It's a prison sentence and while I respect those who get out, it often comes down to plain old luck. Very few people choose a life sentence.

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    I had read that he was clean for a long time and had a slip last year. Addiction is it drugs or alcohol. You think "one more and I'll start clean tomorrow" Sometimes you don't get a tomorrow. RIP..he was so good in Almost Famous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fly_On_TheWall View Post
    I had read that he was clean for a long time and had a slip last year.
    There's another thread here from last summer right when he got out of rehab. Apparently he was clean for 23 years and then last year slipped up with prescription meds and it started him down the slippery slope to snorting heroin again. He said at the time that he checked into rehab last year after snorting heroin for a week, because he knew how bad it was headed. I had hoped he'd caught himself in time and his recovery had begun again, but obviously things spiraled from there and he slid into shooting up. It's a very sad situation and a big loss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fly_On_TheWall View Post
    I had read that he was clean for a long time and had a slip last year. Addiction is it drugs or alcohol. You think "one more and I'll start clean tomorrow" Sometimes you don't get a tomorrow. RIP..he was so good in Almost Famous.
    I've read it's so common for recovering addicts to die during a slip up (and actually had a H.S friend just lose a step-daughter to that actual thing). Recovery lowers ones "tolerance", but the ever reclusive search for the same high as the first time is a deadly, deadly mix.

    I wonder if that is what happened here. Though is sounds like there are blinds out there suggesting he's been dabbling again for a bit.

    Regardless, it's a sad, sad thing. He struck me as someone chock full of inner demons he battled daily.

    On a personal note, my husband often reminds me so much of this man (minus the addictions but in the smarts, voice, and slightly the looks department) that I feel a bit more sad than I normally would. I know given my husband has his own demons resulting from high intelligence, bi-polar disorder, a brilliant sense of humor and looks that cause him to be frowned upon by many, I have a minor sense of what PSH was running from.
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    Like Kitty, I had to read the title a couple of times before I understood. I reckon PSH was excellent in every role I've seen him; in MI:III he was damn scary.

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    For an in-depth look at the life and death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, watch CNN at 10 p.m. ET.
    (CNN) -- Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment Sunday of an apparent drug overdose, law enforcement sources said.

    Police said Hoffman, 46, was found on the bathroom floor and pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators found two bags of what is believed to be heroin inside the fourth-floor apartment, law enforcement officials said.

    "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," Hoffman's family said in a statement. "Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers."

    Hoffman was last seen alive at 8 p.m. Saturday, a law enforcement official said. He was expected to get his children on Sunday, but didn't show up, the official said.Playwright David Katz and another person went to the apartment and found him dead, the official said.

    A needle was in the actor's left arm, and eight empty glassine-type bags that usually contain heroin were found in the apartment, law enforcement sources told CNN.

    The bags were stamped with "Ace of Hearts" and "Ace of Spades" -- street names for the heroin, the sources said.

    Hoffman loved 'deep, dense characters'

    Hoffman won an Academy Award for best actor for the 2005 biopic "Capote" and drew critical acclaim for his roles in a wide variety of films.

    He was a beefy 5-foot-10-inch man, but was convincing as the slight, 5-foot-3-inch Truman Capote. He had a booming voice like a deity's but often played shlubby, conflicted characters.

    "He just loved those deep, dense characters. That's where I think he found his true calling," said Bradley Jacobs, a senior editor of Us Weekly.

    In Hollywood, Hoffman's big break came with a small role as Chris O'Donnell's classmate in the 1992 film "Scent of a Woman."

    For years, Hoffman was the kind of anonymous character actor who earned critical raves but was often unnoticed by the general public. He used his abilities to take chances with such directors as a then-unknown Paul Thomas Anderson, with whom he worked in "Hard Eight" (and several ensuing films, as both became better known) and Todd Solondz ("Happiness").

    "I think about that a lot," he told Esquire in 2012 of his anonymity. "I feel it cracking lately, the older I'm getting. I think I'm less anonymous than I was."

    As an actor, Hoffman could be heartfelt and giving, as with his male nurse in "Magnolia" or rock critic in "Almost Famous," or creepily Machiavellian, like the gamemaster in the latest "Hunger Games" movie or a "Mission: Impossible" movie villain.

    He also appeared in "Charlie Wilson's War," "Doubt," and "The Master," for which he was nominated as best supporting actor.

    He appeared last month at the Sundance Film Festival, where a movie he starred in, "God's Pocket," premiered.

    "He seemed really in good spirits, and it's just so shocking," said CNN Entertainment Commentator Krista Smith, who interviewed Hoffman at the festival. "Because, just looking at his body of work and knowing how many actors revered him and how they look up to him. ... The one thing that was so special about him is that he crossed all platforms ... Every genre, he managed to fit in and just be brilliant at whatever he was doing."

    Beloved resident of New York neighborhood

    But despite his love of performance, Hoffman was a private person who rarely spoke about his family, Jacobs said.

    In New York's Greenwich Village neighborhood where he lived, it was common to see the actor riding a bicycle and walking his children to the public school they attended.

    "He'd go quietly about his business with his children. I still remember the day he won the Oscar, him walking his kids to school, not long after. And people were giving him high fives," said CNN's Rose Arce, whose daughter attended school with Hoffman's children. "It looked like it really meant something to him to have his neighbors saying congratulations. It's shocking, and I know everyone in the neighborhood is going to feel like they're missing a friend, like a friend has died."

    After his Oscar win at the Academy Awards in 2006, Hoffman thanked his mother for taking him to his first play.

    "She brought up four kids alone and she deserves a congratulations for that. ... And she took me to my first play and she stayed up with me and watched the NCAA Final Four, and my passions, her passions became my passions. And, you know, be proud, Mom, because I'm proud of you and we're here tonight and it's so good," he said in his acceptance speech.

    Hoffman's father was a salesman and his mother was a family court judge, a biography on the Turner Classic Movies website says. He landed his first professional stage role before graduating from high school and went on to study acting at New York University.

    Hoffman stayed active on stage even as his star rose in Hollywood. He starred in a Broadway production of "Death of a Salesman" in 2012 and was co-artistic director of the Labyrinth Theater Company in New York.

    He is survived by three children and his longtime partner, Mimi O'Donnell.

    Battling addiction
    Last year Hoffman revealed that he had entered rehab to deal with a drug problem, telling TMZ that he'd kicked a substance abuse habit for 23 years but recently relapsed.

    In a 2011 interview with "60 Minutes," he discussed his past struggles with drug and alcohol addiction.

    "Anything I could get my hands on, I liked it all," he said.

    Asked why he decided to sober up, he replied, "You get panicked. ... I was 22 and I got panicked for my life, it really was, it was just that. And I always think, 'God, I have so much empathy for these young actors that are 19 and all of a sudden are beautiful and famous and rich.' I'm like, 'Oh my God. I'd be dead.'"

    According to TMZ, Hoffman said last year that he'd fallen off the wagon, started taking prescription pills and slipped into snorting heroin.

    The actor's public comments about his battle with substance abuse illustrate the struggles many addicts face, according to HLN's Dr. Drew Pinsky, an addiction specialist.

    "Someone with opiate addiction, they are doing pushups their whole lives. And they must work on it all the time.And even working on it, there's a high probability of relapse. And God willing, they get adequate treatment, and they re-engage in treatment, and things go well," Pinsky said. "But often, it's a frequently fatal condition. We just simply have to continually remind ourselves of that. And now it has taken a glorious, glorious talent from us."

    After he returned from rehab, Hoffman rented the apartment where his body was found Sunday, two neighbors said. The rest of his family lived elsewhere in the neighborhood.

    'He was a giant talent'

    Word of Hoffman's death sparked a flood of reactions from actors, directors, studio heads and fans.

    "This is a horrible day for those who worked with Philip," actor Tom Hanks said in a statement. "He was a giant talent. Our hearts are open for his family."

    Lionsgate, the studio behind "The Hunger Games" movies, described Hoffman as "a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation."

    In a Twitter post, actor Jim Carrey described Hoffman as a "beautiful soul."

    "For the most sensitive among us the noise can be too much," he wrote. "Bless your heart."

    For Mike Nichols, who directed Hoffman in his Oscar-nominated turn in "Charlie Wilson's War," there were no words, just grief.

    "No words for this. He was too great and we're too shattered," he said in an e-mailed statement.

    Police investigating
    As fans and neighbors gathered outside the apartment building where Hoffman was found, police were combing his apartment for evidence Sunday. As part of the investigation, authorities are looking into whether anyone was with the actor when he died, law enforcement officials said.

    An autopsy will be conducted on Hoffman's body Monday, said Julie Blocker, a spokeswoman for New York City's Office of Chief Medical Examiner.

    Law enforcement sources told CNN that detectives will track Hoffman's recent activities to see where he purchased what appears to be heroin.

    Moving on the theory that Hoffman's death was a drug overdose, they'll now try to seek exactly where he bought it, the sources said.

    This will involve searching his phone and trying to track some of his movements, the sources told CNN.

    A federal law enforcement official said the "Ace of Hearts" and "Ace of Spades" stamps on the bags are familiar to law enforcement. They're among hundreds of stamps drug distribution crews use to brand their products.

    Heroin use on the rise, authorities warn
    Authorities have warned that heroin addiction is soaring and noted an uptick in the availability of the drug.

    Last week the Drug Enforcement Administration announced a heroin mill bust in the Bronx, New York, after they seized $8 million worth of the drug.

    The DEA has warned that people who are addicted to opioid prescription pills are now finding highly pure heroin easier and cheaper to obtain.

    It produces a similar, if more dangerous, high because unlike the pills, there is no way to regulate the dosage of heroin, given the undetermined purity.

    That's why investigators likely won't have to look far to find where Hoffman could get the drug, Pinsky said.

    "It's right outside his house, I guarantee you," he said, "or somewhere nearby."

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    Quote Originally Posted by BITTER View Post
    He even made Twister better than it was...he was pretty manic in that flick.
    He did bring that movie justice!!

    fucking sad!!
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    So so sad. I'm torn between being so angry with him ad feeling sympathy for him. Mostly however I feel for his long time girlfriend and 3 children.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nana51 View Post
    So so sad. I'm torn between being so angry with him ad feeling sympathy for him. Mostly however I feel for his long time girlfriend and 3 children.
    Sad. He was the reveal for a blind item at CDAN: This A list mostly movie actor was found two nights ago by his significant other in a park at 2 am while he was waiting to meet his dealer. He was supposed to be clean. Explosive fight between actor and significant other.

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    My favorite movie of his was Doubt. He was so incredible as the priest and portraying how you never exactly knew if he was guilty or not.
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    Darn,more sad news from Hollywood. Mr. Hoffman was such a brilliant character actor and left us way too soon. RIP, sir.

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    I hate when really good talent leaves us too soon. Proof that Heroin doesn't care who you are RIP
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