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Oscar winner found dead in bathroom

Published 02/02/2014 | 19:17

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Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead after suffering an 'apparent drug overdose', the New York Police Department said

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died from an "apparent drug overdose" in his New York City apartment, an NYPD spokesman said.

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The 46-year-old was found dead in his bathroom in the city's Greenwich Village area at 11.30am local time.

Awarded a best actor actor Oscar for his role in the 2005 film Capote, Seymour Hoffman checked into rehab in May for heroin use .

"He was found dead in his bathroom of an apparent drug overdose," an NYPD spokesman said.

Police were called by a friend of the actor, the spokesman said.

Speaking at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards in central London, John Hurt - who starred with Seymour Hoffman in 2003 film Owning Mahowny - said: "It's a devastating loss. His contribution was massive."

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