Musicians Mourn Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dead at 46

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Philip Seymour Hoffman attends the 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' New York Premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on November 20, 2013 in New York City.

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died. He was 46.

According to the The Hollywood Reporter, the actor was found dead in a New York apartment of an apparent drug overdose. He was found with a syringe in his left forearm, with two envelopes nearby that police say appear to have been filled with heroin. 

"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone," read a statement from Hoffman's family. "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."

Hoffman may have been best known in the music world for a star-making performance as rock critic Lester Bangs in the 2000 Cameron Crowe film "Almost Famous." In the film, Bangs takes under his wing a young William Miller, a budding journalist.

"That's because we're uncool," Hoffman says in the film of music writers. "And while women will always be a problem for us, most of the great art in the world is about that very same problem. Good-looking people don't have any spine. Their art never lasts. They get the girls, but we're smarter."

As the Oregonian points out, Hoffman was also a key player in 2009's "Pirate Radio," known as "The Boat That Rocked" outside of North America. He portrayed The Count, the pirate radio station's American DJ who was based on BBC Radio 1's Emperor Rosko.

The news of Hoffman's death come 35 years to the day that Sid Vicious, bassist of the Sex Pistols, died. Though Hoffman's cause of death has not yet been verified by medical examiners, the duo may share the same end; Vicious died of a heroin overdose -- about five minutes' walk from where Hoffman was found.

Given Hoffman's high regard in both the film and music world, a number of musicians have reacted to the actor's death on Twitter since his passing.

For more on this developing story, go to // Watch one of his final interviews, given last week at the Sundance Film Festival: