Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman's family "devastated" by death

PHILIP Seymour Hoffman's family are "devastated" by his death from an apparent heroin overdose earlier today.

The actor passed away at his home in New York of a suspected drug overdose and was found this 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 he had just seven days of shooting left to go.

Studio 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."

Philip had struggled with drink 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.

It is believed empty bags of the type used to carry heroin were found near where Philip died, in the bathroom of his house.

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