The Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment this afternoon, the NYPD confirmed on Sunday. The actor reportedly died of a drug overdose. He was 46 years old.
My neighbor is Phillip Seymour Hoffman. This is the scene outside his apartment. Heartbreaking. pic.twitter.com/LZWjLSMQrH— Cory Cole (@CoryCole) February 2, 2014
In a statement, Hoffman's family said they were "devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone," adding, "This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving." The family asked Hoffman's supporters to "keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers." Hoffman has three young children: Cooper, 10; Tallulah 7, and Willa, 5.
The New York Post and the Wall Street Journal are reporting that the actor's death may have been from a drug overdose. The Journal's Pervaiz Shallwani, citing an unnamed law enforcement official, reported that the actor was "found in the bathroom...with a needle in his arm." According to Shallwani and others, Hoffman was found by his friend, screenwriter David Katz, who arrived at his apartment on Sunday morning. Officials reportedly found "several" bags containing what appears to be heroin in his apartment.