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Philip Seymour Hoffman. Photo: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Philip Seymour Hoffman. Photo: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Philip Seymour Hoffman. Photo: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

OSCAR-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead in his New York home with a needle in his arm.

The 46-year-old, who won an Academy Award in 2006 for his performance as the writer Truman Capote in Capote, was discovered on the bathroom floor of his Manhattan apartment yesterday afternoon, police confirmed.

Hoffman died after an apparent drug overdose. The father-of-three allegedly went to rehab last year for 10 days after falling off the wagon by taking prescription pills and snorting heroin.

According to reports, Hoffman first checked into a rehabilitation centre in 1989 after graduating from college, but he managed to stay clean for 23 years until his tragic relapse.

The film star, who turned out on the red carpet at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah last month, is survived by his children Cooper, Tallulah and Willa, and his long-time partner Mimi O'Donnell.

In statement, the grief-stricken family said: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil".

Tributes have been pouring in following the news of the Hollywood actor's untimely death and dozens of well-known faces expressed their deepest sympathies with Hoffman's family at this difficult time.

 

CHARMING

Irish actor Chris O'Dowd featured alongside the deceased in The Boat That Rocked in 2009.

"Cant' believe the news about Phil," Moone Boy star O'Dowd wrote on a social networking page last night.

"(He was) one of the most charming, understated and generous men I've worked with. And my favourite actor."

Brian F O'Byrne and Simon Delaney said they were devastated by the news, while Downton Abbey actor Allen Leech also told of his shock to hear about Hoffman's tragic passing.

"It's so very sad that Philip Seymour Hoffman has died – what an incredible actor," Leech said. "What a loss to the world of acting.

Love/Hate stars Laurence Kinlan and Caoilfhionn Dunne also took to Twitter to say they were stunned and saddened by the shocking news.

And Damian McGinty, who rose to fame stateside in TV phenomenon Glee, wrote online: "Great actor, introspective, brilliant, original. Incredibly sad."

Transformers actor Jack Reynor added: "Can't believe Philip Seymour Hoffman has passed away. He'll be missed."

Hollywood Stalwarts such as Steve Martin and Whoopi Goldberg were among other celebrities to pay tribute to Hoffman and described him as one of their favourite actors on the silver screen.

The deceased was enjoying a busy period during his career at the time of his death.

In recent weeks, US network Showtime announced a new 10-episode series with the actor which was to be called Happyish.

He was also set to reprise his role as Plutarch Heavensbee opposite Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence in the popular Hunger Games movies, which are currently being shot.

A well respected talent in the industry, Hoffman was nominated for an Oscar four times in all.

In 2013 he was nominated for his turn as the charismatic leader of a religious movement in The Master, a story inspired by the life of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard.

He was also given the nod in 2009 for Doubt, which saw him take on the part of a priest who comes under suspicion because of his relationship with a boy.

And was shortlisted for the Best Supporting Actor gong for Charlie Wilson's War a year earlier.

Born in Fairport, New York, Hoffman was interested in acting from a young age, and was mesmerised at the age of 12 by a local production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons.

He studied theatre as a teenager with the New York State Summer School of the Arts and the Circle in the Square Theatre, before going on to study as a drama student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

 

FAME

He rose to fame working as a character actor, and in one of his earliest films, the 1992 hit Scent of a Woman, he played a spoiled prep school student.

His breakthrough role came as a gay member of a film crew in Boogie Nights, one of several movies directed by Paul Thomas Anderson that he would eventually appear in.

He often played funny, quirky characters in front of the cameras and appeared in hits such as Along Came Polly, The Big Lebowski and Almost Famous.

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