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Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at 46

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Philip Seymour Hoffman poses at the premiere of the film "A Most Wanted Man" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP) Philip Seymour Hoffman poses at the premiere of the film "A Most Wanted Man" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)
Actor and director George Clooney (right), and actors Philip Seymour Hoffman (left) and Evan Rachel Wood (center) at the BFI London Film Festival screening of "The Ides of March." (AP Photo/Joel Ryan) Actor and director George Clooney (right), and actors Philip Seymour Hoffman (left) and Evan Rachel Wood (center) at the BFI London Film Festival screening of "The Ides of March." (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
NEW YORK -

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday in a New York apartment, multiple media outlets reported Sunday. He was 46 years old.

Multiple media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and NBC News, are reporting that Hoffman was found dead in his Greenwich apartment Sunday morning.

The New York Police Department is investigating, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is working to determine an exact cause of death, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Police sources told NBC News that Hoffman died from a suspected drug overdose. A concerned friend found Hoffman in the actor's bathroom, fully clothed. When police arrived, they found Hoffman still had a syringe in his arm.

Glassine bags believed to contain heroin were also found.

After 23 years sober, he admitted in interviews last year to falling off the wagon and developing a heroin problem that led to a stint in rehab. He was also the subject a recent death hoax that was debunked by his representatives Saturday -- the day before his body was discovered.

Hoffman's family called the news "tragic and sudden."

"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone," the family said in a statement.

Hoffman won an Oscar in 2006 for his portrayal of Truman Capote in the film "Capote." He was subsequently nominated for Oscars in 2008, 2009 and 2013.

In 2011, Hoffman portrayed George Clooney's campaign manager in "The Ides of March" alongside Ryan Gosling and Raleigh native Evan Rachel Wood. Wood played a young intern on Clooney's presidential campaign and Gosling's love interest.

"I am sad on so many levels about the loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman," Wood tweeted Sunday after learning of Hoffman's death. "One of the greats. Losing him this way is absolutely tragic."

Wood's father, Ira David Wood III, who is executive director of Theatre in the Park, had the opportunity to meet Hoffman at a premiere of "The Ides of March." He described him as "very real, very honest."

"Yet at the same time, when you look at someone like that, they're complicated," Ira David Wood said. "You can see some layers that are there. I don't know how to describe it any other way than that."

The actor was recently seen in the film adaptation of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," in which he played Plutarch Heavensbee. He was set to reprise the role in the film's sequels.

And just weeks ago, Showtime announced Hoffman would star in "Happyish," a new comedy series about a middle-aged man's pursuit of happiness.

Two more films starring Hoffman -- "God's Pocket" and Anton Corbijn's "A Most Wanted Man" -- premiered two weeks ago at the Sundance Film Festival.

Born in 1967 in Fairport, N.Y., Hoffman was interested in acting from an early age, mesmerized at 12 by a local production of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons." He studied theater as a teenager with the New York State Summer School of the Arts and the Circle in the Square Theatre. He then majored in drama at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Trained in the theater, with a versatility and discipline more common among British performers than Americans, he was a character actor who could take on any role, large or small, loathsome or sympathetic.

On the stage, he performed in revivals of "True West," ''Long Day's Journey Into Night" and "The Seagull," a summer production that also featured Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline. In 2012, he was more than equal to one of the great roles in American theater -- Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman," a performance praised as "heartbreaking" by Associated Press theater critic Mark Kennedy.

"Hoffman is only 44, but he nevertheless sags in his brokenness like a man closer to retirement age, lugging about his sample cases filled with his self-denial and disillusionment," Kennedy wrote. "His fraying connection to reality is pronounced in this production, with Hoffman quick to anger and a hard edge emerging from his babbling."

Hoffman is survived by his partner of 15 years, Mimi O'Donnell, and their three children.

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