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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar-winning actor, found dead in NYC apartment

In accepting the 2006 best-actor Oscar for “Capote,” Philip Seymour Hoffman thanked his mother, who raised him and his three siblings alone, for taking him to his first play.
In accepting the 2006 best-actor Oscar for “Capote,” Philip Seymour Hoffman thanked his mother, who raised him and his three siblings alone, for taking him to his first play.Kevork Djansezian/Associated Press

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NEW YORK — Philip Seymour Hoffman, perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation, who gave three-dimensional nuance to a wide range of sidekicks, villains, and leading men on screen and embraced some of the theater’s most burdensome roles on Broadway, died Sunday at an apartment in Greenwich Village. He was 46.

The death, apparently from a drug overdose, was confirmed by the police. Mr. Hoffman was found by a friend, David Bar Katz, who became concerned after being unable to reach him, according to The New York Times.

Investigators found a syringe in his left forearm, at least two plastic envelopes with what appeared to be heroin nearby, and five empty plastic envelopes in a trash bin, a law-enforcement official told the Times.

Mr. Hoffman won an Academy Award in 2006 for best actor for “Capote,” in which he portrayed Truman Capote as he researched his book “In Cold Blood.”

Mr. Hoffman was nominated for the Academy Award for best supporting actor three times: for the 2012 film “The Master,” the 2008 film “Doubt,” and the 2007 film “Charlie Wilson’s War.” He also recently had a role in the hugely popular “The Hunger Games” films.

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