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Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46

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Posted on Feb 2, 2014

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The Oscar-winning portrayer of “slovenly and slightly dissipated figures was found dead Sunday in his apartment with what law enforcement officials said was a syringe in his arm.”

The Associated Press reports:

Hoffman, no matinee-idol figure with his lumpy build and limp blond hair,?? made his career mostly as a character actor, and was one of the most prolific in the business, plying his craft with a rumpled naturalism that also made him one of the most admired performers of his generation.

… Hoffman spoke candidly over the years about past struggles with drug addiction. After 23 years sober, he admitted in interviews last year to falling off the wagon and developing a heroin problem that led to a stint in rehab.

The law enforcement officials said Hoffman’s body was discovered in a bathroom at his Greenwich Village apartment by a friend who made the 911 call and his assistant.

Late Sunday, a police crime-scene van was parked out front, and technicians carrying brown paper bags went in and out. Police kept a growing crowd of onlookers back. A single red daisy had been placed in front of the lobby door.

… He was nominated for the 2013 Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role in “The Master” as the charismatic leader of a religious movement. The film, partly inspired by the life of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, reunited the actor with Anderson.

… With a versatility and discipline more common among British performers than Americans, he could seemingly take on any role, large or small, loathsome or sympathetic, and seemed to be utterly lacking in vanity.

… Hoffman is survived by his partner of 15 years, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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