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Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dies aged 46

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Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead in his New York City apartment aged 46.

Police are investigating to determine the exact cause of death, but sources are reporting it to be the result of a suspected drug overdose. Hoffman had struggled with drug addiction previously and last summer checked himself into rehab. His body was discovered on February 2.

A long-time stage actor, Hoffman was a member of Labyrinth Theater Company since 1995, directing several of their shows and was a member of their board of directors. Hoffman made his Broadway debut in 2000 in Sam Shepard’s True West, earning a best actor Tony Award nomination and a Theatre World Award for outstanding Broadway debut. His other Broadway credits include Long Day’s Journey Into Night in 2003 and Death of a Salesman in 2012, earning Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for each of these performances.

In 2008, he directed Riflemind by Andrew Upton at the Trafalgar Studios in the West End.

Hoffman won both the Oscar and Golden Globe in 2005 for playing the title role in the film Capote. His other film work includes Doubt, Moneyball, The Ides of March, The Master and two Hunger Games films.

Hoffman is survived by his three children and longtime partner, costume designer Mimi O’Donnell.

A statement issued by Labyrinth Theatre said:  “We are heartbroken by the loss of our beloved friend, Company Member, and former artistic director, Philip Seymour Hoffman. His contributions to the Labyrinth family as an artist and mentor are immeasurable. We join everyone in mourning the passing of one of the great lights of our generation.”

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