Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in apartment

American film actor Philip Seymour Hoffman looks on as the Oklahoma City Thunder play the New York Knicks during an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden on December 25, 2013 in New York City. The Thunder defeated the Knicks 123-94. Image by Getty Images

Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in apartment

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Feb 2, 2014

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead this morning in a New York City apartment.

Although an official cause of death has not been released, TMZ is claiming that he was found with a needle in his arm and died of an apparent drug overdose.

The New York Times says that in addition to the needle, an envelope containing heroin was also found.

The actor's struggle with drugs was no secret. Hoffman had been clean for 23 years but fell off the wagon in 2012. He checked himself into a drug rehab facility last May.

Hoffman has appeared in dozens of movies and won the Best Actor Academy Award and Golden Globe's Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Drama for his leading role in the 2005 film "Capote."

His last movie was "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." Two more installments of the film are scheduled to be released -- "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" in November 2014 and "Part 2" in November 2015.

Hoffman was 46 years old at the time of his death. According to the Wall Street Journal, he was found in the bathroom of his fourth floor apartment around 11:15 a.m. by screenwriter David Katz.

Hoffman's breakout role was in 1997's "Boogie Nights." He was also widely praised for roles in 1998's "The Big Lebowski" and 1999's "Magnolia." He also appeared in favorites like "Twister" and "Moneyball."

In addition to movies, Hoffman also directed and performed in numerous plays. He was nominated for three Tony Awards.

Hoffman admitted in 2006 on "60 Minutes" that he would do any kind of drug he could get his hands on after he graduated from NYU's drama school. When he was 22, he got sober in rehab and stayed that way until 2012.

Fellow actors are expressing their shock and sadness on Twitter and by early afternoon, hundreds of people had gathered outside his apartment building in New York City.

Hoffman had three children, two daughters and a son, with costume designer Mimi O'Donnell.

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to