Academy award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead yesterday of a suspected drug overdose at his Manhattan apartment. Hoffman was one of the finest actors of his generation and his performances in movies were loved by movie-lovers throughout the world. A man whose extraordinary acting talents were uniformly praised by his peers and those who worked with him, Hoffman was very un-Hollywood in his personal life and preferred to live like a normal citizen, away from the frenzy of stardom. He is survived by his partner, costume designer Mimi O’Donnel and his three children. Previously, the late actor has spoken about his struggles with the substance abuse in an interview in 2006 and admitted his affinity for drugs which he constantly struggled with. However, his tryst with drugs never came in the way of his performances which he inhabited on screen. He won an Academy Award in 2005 for his portrayal of American author, Truman Capote in the movie Capote. Not only this, but he also got three Academy Award nominations in the following movies too; Charlie Wilson’s War (2008), Doubt (2009) and The Master which released previous year.
Actors, industry professionals and his family expressed their grief caused by the sudden death of the gifted actor. Actress Julianne Moore who acted with Hoffman in three movies (Boogie Nights, Magnolia and The Big Lebowski) said, "I feel so fortunate to have known and worked with the extraordinary Philip Seymour Hoffman and am deeply saddened by his passing”. Hollywood acting legend Tom Hanks said, “This is a horrible day for those who worked with Philip. He was a giant talent". Hollywood studio Lionsgate also expressed their grief on the actor’s death. Irrfan Khan is said to be a huge fan of the late actor and has often quoted him as one of his favorite actors. Hoffman was 46 years of age at the time of his death and joins the legacy of those gifted actors who struggled with substance abuse and died an untimely death. Previous to this was the death of Heath Ledger who immortalized the character of Joker in Batman: The Dark Knight; subsequently dying of a drug overdose in 2008. This is indeed a sad loss for both movie-lovers and cinema as Philip Seymour Hoffman was undeniably one of the most-gifted actors of our times. May his soul rest in peace.