Philip Seymour Hoffman
One of the most celebrated actors of the past twenty years, Philip
Seymour Hoffman apparently could not overcome his addiction to
heroin which took his life on February 1st, 2014. His body was
discovered in his Greenwich Village apartment with what authorities
said was a needle sticking out from his arm.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Although the actual cause of Hoffman's death will need to wait
for a toxicology result, it is being assumed by the authorities
that he died of a drug overdose.
Hoffman apparently died the night before his body was discovered.
A friend of his called the police when Hoffman was supposed to
meet someone the next morning. Authorities then entered his apartment
where they found his body. Hoffman is survived by his partner
and their three children.
The Reaction to Hoffman's Death
The news of Hoffman's death created shockwaves around the world
as he was a well known and respected actor. Tributes from friends
and fellow actors filled the social media scene within minutes
of the news being announced.
While Hoffman's death was certainly a tragedy, he was well-known
for struggling with drugs in his past. In May of 2013, Hoffman
had completed a 10 day substance abuse program after being clean
for 23 years. If the circumstances of Hoffman's death are confirmed,
it would mean that he fell off the wagon again which cost him
The Career of Philip Seymour
From his early appearances in "Scent of a Woman", Hoffman
did not feature the looks of a matinee idol, but his talent was
readily apparent especially in supporting roles where he played
a series of unforgettable characters. His breakthrough role was
actually a small one in "Boogie Nights", but it made
a powerful enough impression to help launch Hoffman into bigger
His stage and screen acting ability were considered some of the
best works in the past two decades. Hoffman was honored with four
Academy Award nominations and won for his role as Truman Capote
in "Capote". His ability to disappear into a character
along with his talent and professionalism helped garner Hoffman
a stellar reputation.
Drug Addiction and Death
Hoffman famously spoke with "60 Minutes" in 2006 about
his drug addiction problem, one that plagued him in his early
years before going sober for 23 years. However, something had
changed in Hoffman in 2013 because he fell off the wagon and was
admitted to a rehab facility. Apparently, Hoffman succumbed to
the lure of heroin again which led to the purchase of the substance
which may have caused his death.
In circumstances similar to Amy Winehouse,
an English singer who had struggled with drugs and alcohol before
her untimely death due to the alcohol poisoning after a period
of sobriety, the death of Hoffman was shocking, but perhaps not
so surprising given what was known about his past.
His final days were actually ones filled with working as he was
preparing to appear in a Showtime comedy series called "Happyish"
about a middle-age man in full pursuit of happiness. The loss
of Hoffman will be felt for years to come as his talent and personality
will be missed.