Death of Philip Seymour Hoffman a Tragic Reality
With 2014 still in its elementary stage, the world of performing arts was shaken to its core with the tragic loss of a truly incredible actor.
Just hours before Super Bowl Sunday shifted its focus to the live televised decapitation of the Denver Broncos by the Seattle Seahawks, the headlines were dominated with the breaking news of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s passing.
The 46-year-old Academy Award-winning actor was found dead in his West Village, Manhattan office apartment on Sunday, Feb. 2.
Officers found him with a needle in his arm and a large amount of heroin and prescription medications in the apartment. Hoffman’s cause of death has yet to be confirmed.
Hoffman was one of the most acclaimed American actors of all-time. From his earlier roles in “Boogie Nights,” “The Big Lebowski” and “Almost Famous” to his magnum opus as Truman Capote in “Capote” (which earned virtually every award in the performing arts) and his later appearances in “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “The Boat That Rocked” (a top-five favorite) and “Moneyball,” Hoffman received universal praise as a performer and as a man.
Like any good actor, Hoffman often returned to the theater, appearing in many productions from 1995 to the end of his life.
Though tragic, the cause of Hoffman’s death is not inexplicable. In a 2006 interview with “60 Minutes,” Hoffman revealed an addiction to drugs and alcohol that forced him to check himself into rehab shortly after graduating from New York University in 1989. Over 20 years later, Hoffman relapsed, entering rehab for ten days in May 2010.
A man famed film critic Roger Ebert wished to have portray him on the big screen, Philip Seymour Hoffman touched many people in the performing arts community, as well as all of those who were lucky enough to glimpse one of Hoffman’s absolutely stellar performances.
Hoffman leaves behind his three young children, whom he had with his partner, Mimi O’Donnell.