This is not the kind of news we like giving, 46-year-old Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment in New York.
The news was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. He was found around 11:15 a.m. in his bathroom by a screenwriter, who called 911. According to the New York Post, he had a hypodermic needle still in his arm, which makes this whole thing even more tragic.
Hoffman won the best actor Oscar for Capote in 2005, most recently appeared at the Sundance Film Festival to promote his new films God’s Pocket and A Most Wanted Man. The actor has been in a ton of films in his career, such as Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, Almost Famous, Twister,The Master, Moneyball, MI:3, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and so many more.
Our most memorable moment was the hilarious scene in Along Came Polly with Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston, where he invented the term ‘Shard’. If you don’t know what it means then go ahead and watch Along Came Polly.
A big question mark hangs over the remaining Hunger Games Movies. Hoffman was first seen very briefly in The Hunger Games’ first instalment, but by 2013’s Catching Fire, his character is Head Gamemaker. He also plays a prominent part in the two forthcoming segments of the series, becoming a commander of the rebel forces of District 13. Shooting has been taking place in Atlanta, Georgia, however IMDB has Mockingjay: Part 1 listed as being in post-production, with Part 2 currently filming.
According to The Hollywood Reporter Hoffman had completed his work for Part 1, and had only seven days remaining to shoot on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 2. The industry website also claim that as a result, the actor’s death will not affect the release dates of either film.
Split into two parts, the first is set for release on November 21 this year, with Part 2 scheduled a year later on November 20, 2015.
This is truly a sad day, and our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends. He will be missed.