Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away yesterday morning, leaving behind his partner, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children, Tallulah, seven, Cooper, ten and Willa, five.
A statement from the actor’s family read: “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.”
At the time of his passing, the Oscar winning star was completing filming on The Hunger Games, Mockingjay: Part 2, with a source telling UsMagazine.com he had just seven days of shooting left to go.
Lionsgate released a statement about his passing, saying: “Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation. We’re very fortunate that he graced our Hunger Games family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Philip’s family.”
Hoffman had struggled with drinking and drug problems early in his career before becoming sober for 23 years. He relapsed in 2012 and was admitted to rehab in May 2013 after he started using heroin again.
Hoffman was reportedly found in the bathroom of his apartment in his boxer shorts with a needle sticking out of his left arm. Police found 10 envelopes nearby, with two of them containing heroin. One had Ace of Spades written on it, and another had an ace of hearts symbol, believed to be heroin branding, TMZ reports.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Philip Seymour Hoffman was an incredibly actor, and he will be greatly missed.