Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the leading actors of his generation and an Academy Award winner for ‘Capote’ has been found dead at his Manhattan apartment.
Police believe he was victim of an apparent drug overdose.
Hoffman, 46, was discovered with a syringe in his arm and bags of heroin were found in his home.
Hoffman, who is survived by three children with his partner Mimi O’Donnell, had detailed his struggles with substance abuse in the past.
He had sought treatment last year after more than 20 years of sobriety.
Four people were arrested on Tuesday in connection with drugs found at th film star’s home, the New York Daily News reported, citing unidentified police sources.
The arrests came during a raid on a building in the Chinatown district of Manhattan after police traced the heroin believed to have killed the Oscar-winning actor there, the newspaper reported.
A New York City Police Department spokesman declined to confirm that the arrests were related to Hoffman’s death.
Another police spokesman had earlier said that heroin found in Hoffman’s apartment following his death was not cut or mixed with fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic believed by health authorities to be responsible for scores of overdose deaths in recent months.
Preliminary results of an autopsy were expected to be released on Wednesday.
A representative for Hoffman said the actor would be buried in a private service, with a memorial planned for later this month.
Tributes have been made by many Hollywood stars.
Kevin Costner said: “Philip was a very important actor and really takes his place among the real great actors. It’s a shame, because who knows what he would have been able to do? But we’re left with the legacy of the work he’s done and it all speaks for itself.”
Sentiments shared by Gary Oldman who said: “He had a danger to him, he had a vulnerability to him. I mean, all those qualities that what I think make someone watchable and very special.”
Hoffman, who brought a workmanlike intensity to his roles, often played characters with innate intelligence and logical minds riven by underlying passion.
The blond, thickset actor’s on-screen persona could range from professorial to unkempt, from the aloof intellectual to the everyman.
He appeared in blockbusters such as ‘Twister’ and ‘The Hunger Games’ series. But he was more often associated with the independent film world for his portrayals of often disturbing and complex characters in such films as ‘Happiness’ in which he played an obscene phone caller, and ‘Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead’.
In one of his last roles, Hoffman appeared in ‘A Most Wanted Man’, a spy thriller set for release across Europe later this year.
Reactions to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death, as published in the New York Post
Philip Seymour Hoffman in ‘Capote’, 2005
Philip Seymour Hoffman in ‘The Big Lebowski’, 1998
Philip Seymour Hoffman in ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’, 2007