Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Dies [VIDEO]

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The NYPD confirms to FOX News-- Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead in his New York City apartment. The Academy Award winning actor was 46 years old. The NYPD says Hoffman died of an apparent drug overdose.

Hoffman most recently starred in "The Hunger Games" movies as Plutarch Heavensbee. He also gained notoriety for his role of Brandt in "The Big Lebowski" and Scotty J. in "Boogie Nights".

Philip Seymour Hoffman

He won the Academy Award for 'Best Actor' for the 2005 biographical film "Capote".

FOX News Radio's Hank Weinbloom reports from New York:

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There is little mystery about how Philip Seymour Hoffman died. Police telling us he was found in his apartment here in New York with a needle in his arm and envelopes of what appeared to be heroin nearby. But the mystery is why would a gifted award-winning actor, a father of three, who had kicked a heroin habit over 20 years ago... why would he go back to it?

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Outside a Broadway show yesterday, fans were just sad...

(Fan) "Really shocking, I mean I guess he had relapsed after 23 years of sobriety and that's just a sad story to have."

Hoffman starred in films like "Capote", "Doubt", and "Charlie Wilson's War".

("Charlie Wilson's War) "Papandreou wins that election if I don't help the Junta take him prisoner."

He was 46.

Hank Weinbloom, FOX News Radio.

(Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
(Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

READ a statement from the family of Philip Seymour Hoffman:

"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving.  Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers."

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