Musicians Mourn Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dead at 46
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.
Just found out about Philip Seymour Hoffman. He was one of my favorites. I'm so sad I'll never see him in another film. Rest in peace.— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) February 2, 2014
Terribly sad news about Phillip Seymour Hoffman. A remarkable talented human. Heart goes out to his family and friends.— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) February 2, 2014
So sad to hear the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Such a great & talented man. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family.— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) February 2, 2014
Devastated About Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’sDeath. He was an Actors Actor! Life Seems 2B Like The BREATH,We Use 2 Blow The Candles Out— Cher (@cher) February 2, 2014
Wow. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. Amazing actor. Will be missed.— Phillip Phillips (@Phillips) February 2, 2014
Just hearing about Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Devastating. What an amazingly gifted actor. RIP— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) February 2, 2014
Oh man- so sad to hear about Philip Seymour Hoffman. What a tremendous talent.— Michelle Branch (@michellebranch) February 2, 2014
Words seem inadequate to express the sadness I'm feeling about the loss of an acting genius and friend.Rest in peace Philip Seymour Hoffman— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) February 2, 2014
For more on this developing story, go to THR.com // Watch one of his final interviews, given last week at the Sundance Film Festival: