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Friday 18 April 2014

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (46) found dead in New York apartment

*Oscar winner was found with 'syringe in his arm'
*His family are 'devastated by the loss', they said in a statement
*Celebrities are paying tribute to the troubled actor
*Police are still at the scene of his New York apartment

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman attends "The Ides of March" photocall during the 55th BFI London Film Festival at the Odeon West End on October 19, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images For The BFI)
Philip Seymour Hoffman

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (46) has been found dead in his New York City apartment.

He was found this morning at 11:30am by a screenwriter of a reported drug overdose.

According to officials, the friend called 911 immediately but he could not be resuscitated. .

It is believed he was discovered with a needle in his arm in the bathroom of his apartment.

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

Mr. Hoffman's breakout role, however, was in 1997's "Boogie Nights." He also received accolades for his roles in high-profile films like 1998's "The Big Lebowski" and 1999's "Magnolia."

Hoffman won a Best Actor Oscar for his role in the 2005 film Capote.

Hoffman made a name for himself in The Big Lebowski

His body was found in his Greenwich Village apartment this morning at approximately 11:30am.

Police are still at the scene.

The late actor publicly struggled with drug addiction in recent years and checked himself into rehab for heroin abuse last year.

Hoffman has been in a long-term relationship with costume designer Mimi O'Donnell and have three children together, Cooper Alexander (10), Tallulah (7) and Willa (6).

His family have issued a statement asking for privacy.

"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone," the statement read. "

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."

Most recently, he starred in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth.

He also had memorable roles in Red Dragon, The Talented Mr Ripley, Almost Famous, Doubt and The Master.

When accepting his Best Actor Oscar, he thanked his mother her hard work raising him and his brother alone in New York.

"She brought up four kids alone, and she deserves a congratulations for that," he said.

A spokesman for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts said: "We're shocked and deeply saddened to learn that Philip Seymour Hoffman has died."

Celebrities have also taken to Twitter to express their upset at the actor's tragic death.

Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul said: "We lost one of the greats today. Philip Seymour Hoffman RIP my friend. You will be missed always and forever."

Actor and friend Val Kilmer similarly paid tribute to the late star.

"I really loved him," he said. "I once spent an hour going through every one of his greatest choices with him. I was such a fan of his taste and courage. RIP

"Addiction comes fr trying to escape th pain of living. We all struggle with this but Drugs never help."

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