By Jase Peeples
Originally published on Advocate.com February 02 2014 4:52 PM ET
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment at 12 p.m. Eastern today, reports Yahoo.
While the cause of death is still unconfirmed, the New York City Police Department confirmed the Academy Award winner’s body was found with a needle in his arm, leading to speculation that Hoffman died of a drug overdose.
Hoffman, who checked into rehab in May 2013, had been open about his struggles with heroin addiction. “It was all that [drugs and alcohol], yeah, it was anything I could get my hands on... I liked it all," Hoffman said of his struggles with addiction after graduating from New York University’s drama school in a 2006 interview with 60 Minutes. “I went [to rehab], I got sober when I was 22 years old. You get panicked... and I got panicked for my life. It really was just that.”
In the same interview, Hoffman also spoke of his empathy for young stars who lost their own battles and passed away from drug use. “I have so much empathy for these young actors that are 19 and all of a sudden they're beautiful and famous and rich. I'm like, 'Oh my God. I'd be dead.' You know what I mean? I'd be 19, beautiful, famous and rich. That would be it. I think back at that time. I think if I had the money, that kind of money and stuff. So, yeah [I would have died].”
Hoffman was well-known for playing several critically acclaimed gay roles during his career, including the drag queen Rusty in 1999’s Flawless, Scottie J. in Boogie Nights, and Truman Capote in the 2005 film Capote — which earned him an Oscar for Best Actor.
Hoffman is survived by three children, Tallulah Hoffman, Cooper Alexander Hoffman, and Willa Hoffman.