Phillip Seymour Hoffman Dies

4 February 2014

Oscar-winning actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman has died of a suspected drugs overdose in New York, according to police reports. 

The actor, who was 46, was found in his Manhattan apartment after a friend called the emergency services. 

Hoffman won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Truman Capote in the 2005 film, Capote, and was more recently known for his role as Plutarch Heavensbee in the popular action franchise, The Hunger Games. 

He had previously admitted struggling with drug addiction after leaving college, but was said to have remained sober until 2013, when, according to gossip website TMZ, he briefly relapsed. 

“It was all that [drugs and alcohol], yeah. It was anything I could get my hands on,"  he told in 2006. 

"I liked it all. I went [to rehab], I got sober when I was 22 years old. You get panicked ... and I got panicked for my life.”

His work consisted of a mixture of independent films such as Synecdoche, New York and Hollywood blockbusters, ranging from The Big Lebowski and Boogie Nights to Mission: Impossible 3 and Along Came Polly. 

He was also seen in numerous Broadway productions, first appearing on stage in 1996's The Skriker, before he turned heads with an awards-nominated role in the 199 play, The Author's voice. He was also a regular stage director. 

Hoffman is survived by girlfriend Mimi O'Donnell and their three children. 

As a tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sky Movies Greats will be showing a day of films starring the late actor, including Cold Mountain, The Master, Mission: Impossible III, and Magnolia.

Saturday 8th February, from 2.45pm.