Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead; Family Releases Statement

Posted Sunday February 2, 2014 3:07 PM GMT

Bringing heartache to Hollywood, actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment today (February 2).

The 46-year-old reportedly enrolled in a 10-day drug detox treatment program last year for substance abuse, which began with prescription pills, and eventually escalated to heroin.

Sober for nearly two decades, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" star dealt with drug addiction in his twenties, and had not touched any since his 2013 relapse. His cause of death appears to be an overdose.

He won an Academy Award in 2005 for his performance in "Capote," and is scheduled to appear in the upcoming "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" parts 1 and 2.

The late actor's family released a statement reading: “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."

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