Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Passes Away at 46, Musicians React

Popular actor found dead in his NY home after a likely heroin overdose.

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The movie world was caught in a state of shock yesterday as actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York home at the age of 46.

As BBC reports, drug overdose is the likely cause of death. The Oscar winner was known for his roles in such hit features as the "Big Lebowski," "Boogie Nights," "Mission Impossible III," "The Boat That Rocked" and more recently the "Hunger Games" series.

The actor's body was found by the police at 11:30 a.m. with a syringe in his arm. The nearby envelope contained what is believed to be heroin. The family soon issued an official statement, saying, "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. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers."

Hoffman wasn't only mourned by the film and theatre community, as a vast array of prominent rockers shared their condolences via Twitter. You can find some of their posts below.

RT @Goldfrapp_Jeff: how do U feel about the death of the great Philip Seymour Hoffman?. What a damn waste I say!___DRUGS KILL..DON'T FORGET

— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) February 3, 2014

Catch myself sometimes feeling like being sober is boring. Then reality happens. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. I turn 46 next month. Thank God

— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) February 2, 2014

RIP Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. (@WSJ)

— Newsweek (@Newsweek) February 2, 2014

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. That shit is just not right.

— Brendon Small (@_Brendonsmall) February 2, 2014

Well that's a pretty sobering piece of news for a Sunday. What an incredible force Mr. Hoffman was.

— Gerard Way (@gerardway) February 2, 2014

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman.It break's my heart to see this monster called addiction win the battle over sobriety.#DrugsKill

— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) February 2, 2014

Wow...absolutely shocked and heartbroken over the news of Philip Seymour a PT Anderson fanatic, he was one of my favs...RIP

— Mike Portnoy (@MikePortnoy) February 2, 2014

PSH is one of the few actors that would get me to see a film just because he was in it. SO, sad. Prayers and love to his friends and family.

— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) February 2, 2014



oh no, phillip seymour hoffman is it true….whoa

— Flea (@flea333) February 2, 2014

RIP #PhillipSeymourHoffman A tragedy for his family. A loss of life & great talent AGAIN! DRUGS KILL. Don't be next.

— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) February 2, 2014

Phillip Seymour Hoffman RIP My heart goes out to your family n' friends, a huge lost today.

— A S H B A (@DjASHBA) February 2, 2014

R.I.P Philip Seymour Hoffman

— In Flames OFFICIAL (@InFlames_SWE) February 2, 2014

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    Anty 7
    He was my favourite actor... So gutted
    i know how hard it is to quit heroin, anybody who hasn't should just keep their opinions to them selves, shit happens
    S**t happens? He didn't trip and fall on a needle. I would say it is pretty tragic.
    People aren't born with a heroin addition, so we will continue to share our opinions on the choice that this actor made. If you don't like it then STFU. Feel bad for this guy's family, no kids or mothers should have to suffer with a drug addict parent/partner.
    Just because you aren't born with an addiction doesn't mean you should pass harsh judgment on someone who you don't know how got into it. Nearly every heroin addict doesn't want to keep their addiction going, they want to get off of it, but its one of the most difficult things to go through in life. All it takes is one small moment of weakness and you could spend years being a slave to it. And being a celebrity with money I'm sure makes it so much more difficult to beat addiction. Have some sympathy, heroin addiction is one of the worst diseases that you can have.
    I felt that PSH was always underrated as an actor, I guess because a lot of his roles were supporting. He has done so many different types of characters it's crazy. It is very unfortunate the way he passed, he was a great actor.
    LOVED him Lebowski, Capote, Along Came Polly... etc. Gene and Paul are correct, DRUGS KILL, but don't be one of the idiots with a keyboard in front of them who says "I feel no sympathy for that junkie." My blood boils when I see that. It just tells me that those people have no apparent respect for anyone, so they chose to post about someone who made a difference in more lives than they could in ten years. Find peace, Phillip.
    Absolutely correct. Opiate addiction is a terrible disease, and people who are afflicted by it battle it every single day with their lives at stake. Nothing pisses me off more than all these judgemental pricks, sitting in their ivory towers, and criticizing people who lose their battle with addiction. All it takes is a single bad decision, or even a single painkiller prescription, and they could become addicts too. Have some f***ing respect people.
    Yes, a bad decision that you are taught to not make from the time you could think. 100% preventable if you have half a brain. You don't fall upon a drug dealer, accidentally give him money, and stick a needle in your arm. It is a conscious decision to go out and find the dealer, pay and take the drug. Can't feel bad for someone who chose to make a massive risk and lost.
    I guess you must be one of those people thats never made a mistake in their entire life.
    It is a disease they chose to have. 0 sympathy.
    How about people who are born genetically predisposed to opiate addiction? Or people who get prescribed painkillers and through no fault of their own become chemically dependent? If you truly have no empathy for these people you are a narrow minded sociopath.
    You're the man, jrodgers. Exactly what I was getting at. If there's a type of person that I can't stand it's the holier than thou's. The "I've never done anything sinful in my life", yet continues to call others out on supposed sins.
    He was excellent. My favorite film with him was The Big Lebowski, but his best role was in Along Came Polly. I'll never forget when he sharted his pants at the art exibit. He had some great dramatic roles as well.
    It really annoys when celebrities say they are "heartbroken" over it when they probably didn't even know each other, like Mike Portnoy, does anyone believe he's really heartbroken, I feel sorry for PSH's kids who had such a selfish father.
    It really annoys me when everyday people say they knew what type of father Philip Seymour Hoffman was when they probably didn't even know each other. This was a tragic waste of life, and if people feel heartbroken then they have every right to say so.
    I dunno man, but more than half of these guys have had some major substance abuse issues, so I can imagine hearing this kind of sh*t reminds 'em of their own situation. Kinda like how hearing about a fatal car accident on the news doesn't affect you as much as when that stuff happens in your hometown I don't think the death of an accomplished actor will feel like much of a reality check to a person who's struggling with heroin right now though. Or let me put it this way: junks are way less likely to tweet "omg, PSH dead. So sad R.I.P. #NotEvenOnce"
    Does make me wonder why these addicts can't think of their families when they do these things. Paul Gray was horribly tragic but I still consider him rather selfish for having turned back to hard drugs when he had a child on the way
    Because heroin ****s up your thought pattern completely. It's not that addicts don't think about their families. They're just overwhelmed by their own demons. I don't think it's fair to put the blame on them, tbh.
    Part of addiction is that the drug (/alcohol/whatever) takes precedence over everything else in your life. EVERYTHING else.....including family, friends, job, school, hobbies, etc., etc., etc. It's an incredibly vicious cycle. And while it doesn't absolve the addict of personal responsibility, it does provide an explanation.
    You've clearly never taken heroin.
    Why the hate for someone pointing out how heroin is a bigger problem than "think of the family." Addiction is a serious addiction that literally alters a persons entire perspective of the world. It makes functioning near impossible.
    And thank f**k for that, otherwise I'd end up like Philip Seymour Hoffman
    Then you don't understand how hard it is to be addicted to heroin and all the struggles and heartbreaks addicts go through. So you should keep your ignorance to yourself instead of trying to sound all tough on the internet.
    Before addiction, there had to be a choice to try it. Addicts blame the drugs as if they were helpless against them. I know this because I have been surrounded by addicts. I have never tried hard drugs and never will. And that's because I turned them down when offered to me. This guy decided to shoot heroin. It probably spun out of control and he ended up dead. Unfortunately, this isn't a unique occurrence.
    I'm sorry but the first statement is simply not always the case. Not all addicts had/have the choice. Many people get injured or go through difficult surgery are prescribed legal painkillers (you know the heroin the make in various pill forms these days, approved by the FDA recommended by doctors). Then when they've recovered from their injury/surgery they've got withdrawal to deal with. But can't get the painkillers cheap/legally anymore so they turn to the cheaper easier to find alternative. I'm sure you've been around addicts but not all addicts are the same or have even remotely the same story. Hoffman's death is sad and nothing but, regardless of his life choices and what led to his death.
    link no1
    Should I care about the struggles and heartbreaks that addicts go through? Did I put the needle in their arm? Did I make them decide on the stupid decision to put drugs in their system? Should I really be giving them a "well done" for putting drugs down and getting clean when they shouldn't have been doing it in the first place? We aren't born with addictions. And where the hell is my "well done" and a cookie for never doing drugs? Or is that only something you give to people who have stopped doing them?
    Not all addicts are like that. Ya you're usually not born with an addiction, but just because you haven't been put in a situation that leads to addiction doesn't mean it doesn't happen. As said before, people are prescribed prescriptions for all kinds of things that lead to worse addiction, and that happens all the time. Be thankful that you haven't been in a terrible accident or had to have an extremely painful procedure that you WOULD NOT be able to handle without pills. Then that leads to withdrawal and then worse addiction and its an endless, vicious cycle. Tho if you had, maybe then you could have some sympathy for this disease and stop being a prick.
    Calling him 'selfish' just showcases your ignorance about addiction. He had been in rehab multiple times. Sad that he lost the fight in the end. Jesus christ, reading all these comments about addiction is disgusting, and just shows a lack of understanding and empathy in regards to how addiction can completely **** you up. Also, getting pissy over people paying respects is ****ing retarded.
    Sure, you're qualified to decide what celebrities can and can't feel heartbroken about.
    No he's right though, it's almost like they're saying it for attention and/or respect for acknowledging the death of somebody notable.
    Exactly, which is what Twitter is for in the celeb-o-sphere. I hate Tweets.
    axld it you? Are you THE Clark from the depths of the UG forum, I thought you were dead....
    Grey Dread
    They were both born and raised (and continued to live) in NYC. It's very likely they knew each other, being celebs in the same city. Were they friends? Who knows, but why would you pass judgement on something you have no clue about?
    you know, one movie that is a driving force behind my addiction to music is Almost Famous. One of the main reasons for that is Philip Seymour Hoffman portrayal as "LesterBangs." This character spoke to me in ways only few have in film. He was one of the greats in my opinion. I am also a recovering addict and its almost sickening how many average-every day users think that money will bring them happiness and sobriety. Addiction is the demon that waits until you think you have defeated it and then eats you alive with no regard for anything it destroys. This breaks my heart. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman.
    Drugs are bellends. RIP.
    Ehhh you tried
    * Fellow user tries to predict the general verdict on my comment of the UG community at large * Fellow user gets it wrong and makes themselves look like a...well, I don't even need to say it.
    Drugs are indeed bellends, though. No one needs them at any point in their life and they just ruin you at the end of the day.
    No mention of Twister? Come on, it wasn't that shitty of a film, if only for PSH's performance!
    Fuck yes, he had the only real character in that entire movie, plus throwing on Clapton in the could just feel him feeling the music
    PSH was, and will be, one of my all time favorite actors. Such a tragedy that a substance can have so much control over an individual. The last movie that I happened to watch, with PSH in it, was the late great Sydney Lamet's "Before The Devil Knows Your Dead" and he was a man pushed to the edge because of his drug addiction. Weird that it happened to be that movie that I last seen with PSH in it. I am glad that he was here to share his talent in some amazing movies. I will leave you with one of my favorite deleted scene from a movie that PSH was in. That's That Mattress Man....That's That.
    For the record, musicians commenting on someone/something non-music related doesn't make it music news. At least Corey from Glee dying from an overdose last year was relevant news to this site seeing as he sang. Not to shit all over Hoffman's death
    Gotta love his role in The Master,that film is tweaked and with Phils performance became a gem of a movie IMHO. R.I.P.PSH.
    i wish drugs could go away
    Sadly there are people who are trying to make them look "cool". Well it's their loss and their life. If someone can't handle the reality, he's weak in my eyes (just in general).
    Reading further into it, wasn't his body found with 5 bags of heroin used and 2 or 3 more full ones on the side? that seems like a potential suicide unless junkies or people who relapse can't acknowledge/don't care how much they take in their body. RIP still but damn. I loved his cameo in the invention of lying even though that movie was ok
    Boo ****ing whoo! Guy did it to himself. Yeah he was an awesome actor but I'm not gonna worship and idolize a man who selfishly chose to use drugs and leave his children fatherless. Now down vote me for being a hard nosed prick with no heart!
    Yeah, but mention Kurt Cobain around here and he is Jesus himself. Double Standard?
    Amazing actor, surprised nobody has mentioned Synecdoche New York, one of the best movies I've seen and a lot of that is because of Philip Seymour Hoffman, RIP
    'Passes away' my ass.
    Please either stop intentionally being an idiot, or truly find peace of some sort in your life. The world might change just in the slightest if you do.
    To be honest, of all his movies, I've only liked "Capote". Oh well, that's irrelevant right now, I think. Heroin is ****ing shite. RIP.
    Apparently, it's a crime to dislike "The Big Lebowski" around here. Oh well. I'll just show myself out...
    So another celeb kills himself with heroin and we are supposed to care? Perspective people please.
    His character, Dusty, in Twister was great. My wife and I are going miss him. One of the best actors of my generation, easily. RIP Phillip.