Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment Sunday of an apparent drug overdose, law enforcement sources said.
Police said Hoffman, 46, was found on the bathroom floor and pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators found two bags of what is believed to be heroin inside the fourth-floor apartment, law enforcement officials said.
“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,” Hoffman’s family said in a statement. “Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”
Sources also revealed that a needle was in the actor’s left arm, and eight empty glassine-type bags that usually contain heroin were found in the apartment. The bags were stamped with “Ace of Hearts” and “Ace of Spades” — street names for the heroin.
Philip Seymour Hoffman appeared in 2013’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Hoffman played the role of Plutarch, the head game maker in the film. He was expected to also appear in the following films of the very successful franchise.