NEW YORK (PIX11/CNN) – Law enforcement officials say Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday with a syringe in his arm and suspect his death was a drug overdose.
Hoffman was found in the bathroom of his Manhattan apartment by a friend and his assistant.
Police pronounced Hoffman dead at the scene.
Officials told the Associated Press that glassine envelopes they suspect contained heroin were found in Hoffman’s apartment. The items are being tested.
Hoffman, who was 46, was well known for his role in the 2005 film “Capote”, for which he won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Actor.
He also appeared in “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Doubt,” and “The Master,” for which he was nominated as best supporting actor.
According to a biography of the actor posted on the Turner Classic Movies website, last year Hoffman revealed he was seeking treatment for drug abuse, and “seemed to be confident that he was getting a handle on the situation.”
Hoffman’s father was a salesman and his mother was a family court judge, the biography says.
He landed his first professional stage role before graduating from high school and went on to study acting at New York University.
In Hollywood, his big break came with a small role as Chris O’Donnell’s classmate in the 1992 film “Scent of a Woman.”
Hoffman appeared last month at the Sundance Film Festival, where a movie he starred in, “God’s Pocket,” premiered.
After his Oscar win at the Academy Awards in 2006, Hoffman thanked his mother for taking him to his first play.
“She brought up four kids alone and she deserves a congratulations for that. Ah, we’re at the party, Ma, you know? And she took me to my first play and she stayed up with me and watched the NCAA Final Four, and my passions, her passions became my passions. And, you know, be proud, Mom, because I’m proud of you and we’re here tonight and it’s so good,” he said in his acceptance speech.
Multiple celebrities have taken to Twitter to express their sadness about Hoffman’s passing.