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Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Philip Seymour Hoffman, the brilliant actor who starred in such movies as “Synecdoche, New York” and “The Master,” has reportedly been found dead in his Manhattan apartment.

The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post said that a friend found him dead in his apartment on Sunday. The cause of death has not been determined, but officials said they were investigating.

The New York Post, without naming any source, said that the death was believed to be an apparent drug overdose, but that report was not immediately verified. The Post added that Hoffman was found dead in the bathroom by an assistant, and that a hypodermic needle was still in his arm. The New York Daily News also reported the same details of the death in a later article.

Hoffman, 46, was a major player in New York theatrical circles and had explored the possibility of opening an acting workshop in Austin a few years ago, presumably renting space at the Long Center for the Performing Arts for a troupe to try out new works. He came to Austin to pitch the project, but nothing ever developed.

He won the Oscar for best actor for portraying the writer Truman Capote in the 2005 film “Capote.” He was also nominated three times for best supporting actor, for “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Doubt” and “The Master.”

Hoffman was recently at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, for the premiere of “God’s Pocket,” which also stars John Turturro and Christina Hendricks. And he was planning to direct “Ezekiel Moss” – a ghost story with Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal.