“Hoffman was found dead Sunday of a possible heroin overdose in his Manhattan apartment, a police source said,” according to the New York Daily News:
Police said they were investigating a death at the actor’s home on Bethune St. They were alerted to the death around 11:15 a.m.
A source said Hoffman was found alone with a needle in his arm in the bathroom of his apartment. Sources said the actor used heroin.
The New York Post adds, “Hoffman, 46, publicly admitted in 2006 that he nearly succumbed to substance abuse after graduating from NYU’s drama school, but got sober in rehab:”
“It was all that (drugs and alcohol), yeah. It was anything I could get my hands on…I liked it all,” he told “60 Minutes” as the time.
Last year, Hoffman reportedly checked himself into rehab again for ten days after relapsing in 2012.
TMZ said he began using prescription pills, then snorted heroin for about a week before realizing he needed help.
Hoffman’s C.V included The Talented Mister Ripley, Almost Famous (where he played veteran rock journalist Lester Bangs), Capote, Mission: Impossible III, and a host of other movies and TV appearances.
Update: From David Swindle at the PJ Lifestyle blog, “Philip Seymour Hoffman’s 10 Immortal Film Performances.”