Written by Kumudu Jayawardana
03 Feb, 2014 | 9:03 am
Oscar-winning American actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died at his home in New York at the age of 46.
His body was found after a friend called emergency services. Police say he apparently died of a drug overdose.
Many fellow actors have been paying tribute to him.
Hoffmann made his name in the 1990s in films including Boogie Nights and the Big Lebowski, before winning the best actor Oscar for his 2005 portrayal of writer Truman Capote.
Throughout his career Hoffman featured in independent films as well as Hollywood blockbusters such as Mission Impossible III.
His latest role was in the Hunger Games series of films.
Hoffman’s family called his death “tragic and sudden”.
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone,” they said in a statement on Sunday.
British actor John Hurt, who starred alongside Hoffman in the 2003 drama Owning Mahowny, said the news had hit him “very hard”.
“He was a great actor, a great member of the film and theatre community. An extraordinary talent, directorially as well as an actor. He’ll be greatly missed,” he told the BBC.
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