Police say they were called about a death in the actor’s home shortly after 11 a.m. ET, with a source telling the New York Daily News that Hoffman was found in his bathroom with a needle in his arm. He had been in rehab in May 2013 after his drug use escalated to heroin.
Hoffman was born and raised in upstate New York and graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. His latest projects include “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay,” as well as a new Showtime dramedy “Happyish.”
The actor was a four-time Academy Award nominee, winning best actor in 2006 for his work in “Capote,” for which he also won the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award that year. He has also been nominated for a primetime Emmy award for outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or TV movie for HBO’s “Empire Falls” and for three Tony Awards for his work on Broadway in “True West,” “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and “Death of a Salesman.”
Hoffman is survived by his partner Mimi O’Donnell, a son, 10, and two daughters, ages 7 and 5. The family released a statement following his death:
“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.”