Hollywood mourns the loss of another shining star. Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away on February 2, 2014. Reports say his untimely demised was caused by drug overdose. He was 46 years old.
A prolific actor, Hoffman has won various awards and accolades, especially for his portrayal of the famous screenwriter and playwright, Truman Capote in the film “Capote”. To name a few, he has bagged the best actor award in the Academy Awards and a BAFTA award.
But his career has spanned a very long time, starting with his first TV appearance as the defendant in the rape case in the Law & Order episode, “The Violence of Summer”.
Since then, he has established a very successful film and TV career, playing a great variety of idiosyncratic characters and supporting roles.
His latest film appearances include Paul Thomas Anderson’s drama, the Master, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as Plutarch Heavensbee.
In addition, he has also received acclaim for his work in theatre, earning him three Tony Awards nominations, and two Drama Desk Awards nominations.
Sadly, his personal life wasn’t all that peachy. He had suffered from drug and alcohol abuse for a very long time. After graduating at the age of 22, he went to rehab for drug and alcohol addiction and has been sober for 23 years. He relapsed prior to shooting “The Master” with heroin and prescription drugs. He has checked himself into rehab again in May of 2013 for about 10 days.
On February 2, 2014, he was found dead by a friend, David Bar Katz in his West Village Manhattan apartment’s bathroom. A quantity of heroin was found in the scene.
Seymour’s private services were held at St. Ignatius Loyola church in Manhattan on February 7, 2014. Friends and family in and outside of Hollywood paid their respects both in the service and through various social media sites, dedicating funeral songs, quotes, anecdotes and poems in memory of the late film and theater actor.
He has left behind three children – Cooper, 10, Tallulah, 7 and Willa, 5, and his long time partner, costume designer Mimi O’Donnell.