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Lionsgate, the studio behind "The Hunger Games," called Hoffman "one of the most gifted actors of our generation."
Hoffman, who is survived by three children with his partner Mimi O'Donnell, had detailed his struggles with substance abuse in the past.
Other noteworthy films included "Moneyball," "The Savages," "Cold Mountain" and "Scent of a Woman," one of his earliest films, which garnered its star, Al Pacino, an Oscar.
Hoffman found dead
"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," the studio said in a statement.
Hoffman also frequently appeared on Broadway, earning Tony award nominations for his role as the main character Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman," and for New Balance 711 Canada
NEW YORK Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the leading actors of his generation and winner of an Academy Award for his title role in the film "Capote," was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday in what a New York police source described as an apparent drug overdose.
In the latter, he played a son who schemes to rob his parents' jewelry store, resulting in their deaths. Hoffman could also play nice, as in his portrayal of an angelic nurse in "Magnolia."
Hoffman appeared in blockbusters such as "Twister" and "The Hunger Games" series. But he was more often associated with the independent film world for his portrayals of often disturbing and complex characters in such films as "Happiness," in which he played an obscene phone caller, and "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead."
Onlookers gathered on Sunday afternoon near Hoffman's apartment in a four story red brick building in a fashionable neighborhood of the West Village, where many other actors keep homes. The entire block was cordoned off by police.
in Utah for the premiere of "A Most Wanted Man," an espionage thriller based on the John le Carre novel in which he played German spy Gunther Bachmann.
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his parts in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" and "True West."
"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," it added. A representative said the family would not make any further statements for now.
"Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of our generation's finest and most brilliant actors. He was also a gifted comedic talent. It was a great privilege and pleasure to work with him and we are all absolutely devastated by this sudden loss," it said.
"If you missed him as Willy Loman, you missed a Willy Loman for all time," actor Steve Martin said on Twitter on Sunday.
Hoffman, 46, was discovered unresponsive on the bathroom floor of his Greenwich Village apartment by police responding to a 911 call, and Emergency Medical Service workers declared him dead at the scene, New York City police said in a statement. An investigation was under way.
His death, if confirmed from an overdose, would recall the 2008 death of actor Heath Ledger, who was found dead in his Manhattan apartment from a lethal combination of drugs. He also received three Academy Award nominations as best supporting actor, for "The Master" in 2013, "Doubt" in 2009 and "Charlie Wilson's War" in 2008. The blond, thickset actor's on screen persona could range from professorial to unkempt, from the aloof intellectual to the everyman.
"This is a horrible day for those who worked with Philip," Tom Hanks, who co starred with him in "Charlie Wilson's War," said in a statement. "He was a giant talent. Our hearts are open for his family."
And British comedian Russell Brand, who has discussed his own struggles with drug abuse, offered his sympathies to Hoffman's family on Twitter. "Addiction kills, I hope all who need it have access to abstinence based recovery," he wrote.
he told CBS he had at times abused "anything I could get my hands on. I liked it all."
Rachel Melman, a neighbor who described herself as a fan, said she frequently saw him around the neighborhood.
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"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and New Balance 624v3 support we have received from everyone," Hoffman's family said in a statement issued through his publicist.
A police spokesman said investigators found Hoffman with a syringe in his arm and recovered two small plastic bags in the apartment containing a substance suspected of being heroin. A police department source earlier told Reuters that Hoffman had died of an apparent drug overdose.
"Of course I'm sad. It was such a shocker," she said. Saturday. He had been expected to pick up his children on Sunday but failed to show up, prompting playwright David Katz and another person to go to his apartment, where they found him dead, CNN said.
"I never spoke to him, but I always wanted to," she said, adding that she would see him sitting on the scaffolding of the building, often dressed in socks and no shoes, "just reading and hanging out out there.
Showtime, the cable television network which had just ordered a 10 episode comedy, "Happyish," starring Hoffman and produced by his company, Cooper's Town Productions, mourned the loss of the talented actor.
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