Oscar winner, Philip Seymour Hoffman, passes away

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Philip Seymour Hoffman acted in movies and on stage.

On Sunday, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead from an apparent drug overdose in his Manhattan apartment.

“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,” said Hoffman’s family in a statement. “Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”

Hoffman often played complex characters, taking on a wide range of emotions and personalities in both big-budget films and smaller productions. His past works include Charlie Wilson’s WarAlmost FamousMission: Impossible, and Magnolia. Most recently, Hoffman starred as the game maker in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but he’s also won an Academy Award for Best Actor in the movie Capote, about American author Truman Capote.

Hollywood celebrities weighed in on the star’s passing, with Tom Hanks remarking, “This is a horrible day for those who worked with Philip. He was a giant talent. Our hearts are open for his family,” and Jim Carrey tweeting that Hoffman was a “beautiful soul.” Robert DeNiro, who starred alongside Hoffman in the movie Flawless, said he was “very, very saddened,” adding that the actor was “so young and gifted and had so much going, so much to live for.”

Featured image courtesy of The Hunger Games on YouTubeImage of Philip Seymour Hoffman courtesy of Georges Biard on Wikimedia.