Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead of an apparent drug overdose inside a Manhattan home. He was 46.
A personal assistant found Hoffman's body in an apartment in the West Village about 11.30am local time today. Hoffman was said to have been found in the bathroom, fully clothed with a hypodermic needle still in his arm. Heroin was also found in the apartment.
Hoffman is survived by partner Mimi O'Donnell and their three children, son Cooper Alexander, 10, and daughters Tallulah, 7, and Willa, 5.
The event comes just days after rumours of his death swept the internet in a celebrity death hoax.
A statement from his family says: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers."
Hoffman was in the midst of shooting scenes for his character of Plutarch Heavensbee in the upcoming two-part "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" films. Hoffman had shot all his 'Part 1' scenes and had seven days of filming left on 'Part 2'. His loss is not expected to affect the previously announced release dates.
Due to his death, the actor's just announced second directorial effort "Ezekiel Moss" is being pulled from the Berlin market where it was to be presented this week.