Philip Seymour Hoffman Passed Away Today

This is pretty sad news.  Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found dead in his New York apartment this morning with a needle in his arm and a packet of what officials believe to be heroin.  He had been treated for drug addiction in the past and said to press that he recently had fallen off the wagon after remaining clean for 23 years.

[[contentId: 2570920| | style: height:391px; width:429px]]

Hoffman’s Greenwich Village apartment where his body was found.

Hoffman, best known as the groggy-voiced actor who won an Oscar for his portrayal as Truman Capote in Capote and a nomination for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master became an inevitable great talent with his early performances in Scent of a Woman and Boogie Nights.  I could listen to his laugh as Brandt from The Big Lebowski on a constant loop and always thought he was the stand-out performer in Twister, even from my first viewing at the Showplace 4 theater in Farmington, Missouri back in 1996.  Frankly, I’m just really bummed out about this.

[[contentId: 2570921| | style: height:301px; width:454px]]

He was truly an amazing performer, and one of the greatest this or any other generation has seen.  He is survived by his three children.

-Todd Spence (twitter)