Philip Seymour Hoffman dies aged 46

'The Master' and 'Capote' actor passes away from apparent drug overdose

Philip Seymour Hoffman has died aged 46.

The actor, who won an Oscar for his leading role in Capote and garnered critical acclaim throughout his career for turns in films such as The Master, Magnolia and Almost Famous, was found by emergency services in his New York home. As the BBC reports, he appears to have died from a drug overdose.

A statement released by Hoffman’s family described his death as “tragic and sudden”. They said: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone.”


Hoffman, who told TMZ last year that he had received treatment for drug abuse and had used prescription drugs and heroin, was considered one of the finest actors of his generation. In a career which included roles in over 60 films, he won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in the biopic of writer Truman Capote’s life, and also picked up three Best Supporting Actor nominations for roles in The Master, Charlie Wilson’s War and Doubt.

In addition to his roles in independent films, including Synecdoche, New York and Boogie Nights, Hoffman also starred in a number of Hollywood blockbusters such as Mission Impossible 3. His most recent role was in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.