Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at 46 of apparent overdose

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Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died of an apparent drug overdose, according to Reuters and other news services.

The actor, 46, who has spoken publicly about his problems with drug abuse, was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of his Greenwich Village apartment by police responding to a 911 call.

A police spokesman told Reuters that Hoffman was found with a syringe in his arm and two small plastic bags nearby containing a substance suspected of being heroin.

In a 2006 interview on CBS, Hoffman said he had abused  any drugs “I could get my hands on. I liked it all."

Hoffman, who was considered one of his generation’s leading actors, won a best actor Oscar for playing gay writer Truman Capote in the film Capote. He also was nominated for three best supporting actor awards.

After making more than a dozen films, Hoffman became famous for playing a lovelorn gay man in 1997's Boogie Nights, a movie about the porn industry that also made Mark Wahlberg a star.

Hoffman is survived by three children with his partner Mimi O'Donnell.

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

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said via Twitter: "Saddened by Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic and untimely passing. Today New York mourns the loss of one of stage and screen's greats."

Hoffman appeared last month at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah for the premiere of A Most Wanted Man, an espionage thriller based on a John le Carre novel.