News broke this morning that Oscar winning actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, was found dead in his New York City apartment. Authorities found him with a needle in his arm, so it is highly speculated that he died of an overdose. He was aged 46, he has three children with his wife Mimi O’Donnell. Via TMZ,
“Details surrounding his death are unclear… but the actor had struggled with drug problems… most recently checking himself into a rehab facility for heroin back in May.”
The actor was found at roughly 11:15AM, by a screenwriter, who called authorities promptly. Daily Mail notes that the actor has admittedly struggled with heroin addiction in the past, but claimed to have been clean for 23 years prior to relapsing. His most recent film work was the Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Daily Mail notes that it was around the filming of the movie that he relapsed before entering treatment,
In May, Hoffman reportedly told TMZ in May that he began taking heroin again after progressing from prescription pills and then ultimately snorting heroin.
He claimed that he only used heroin for a week before he realized he needed help and checked himself into a detox facility on the East Coast.
He spent 10 days receiving treatment and credited a ‘great group of friends and family’ for helping him recover.