Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his home this morning, the NYPD has confirmed. Though the New York City medical examiner is working to establish a cause of death, 46-year-old actor reportedly was discovered with a needle in his arm by screenwriter David Katz.
Hoffman was sober for 23 years before relapsing last year, after which point he entered rehab for abuse of prescription pills and snorting heroin.
In a 2006 interview with 60 Minutes, the Oscar-winner told Steve Kroft that his success was the result of getting clean at 22. “I have so much empathy for these young actors that are 19 and all of a sudden they’re beautiful and famous and rich,” Hoffman said. “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].” Upon his death, his earlier statement is that much more tragic. He will truly be missed.
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