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Phillip Seymour Hoffman, RIP

 
 
Reply Sun 2 Feb, 2014 01:23 pm
Just got a news update on my IPhone that Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in his West Village Apartment today. He was 46. Cause of death won't be official until an autopsy. What a sad thing that so many abundantly talented people are undone by drugs. He was a very gifted actor. I'm not judging, just very sad that such gifted people are gone before their time
 
firefly
 
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Reply Sun 2 Feb, 2014 01:46 pm
@glitterbag,
A very tragic loss--such an incredibly gifted actor.

Apparently he had a long-standing problem with drug use.
Quote:
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Actor, Dies at 46
By J. DAVID GOODMAN
FEB. 2, 2014

The actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday morning of an apparent drug overdose, according to a law enforcement official who requested anonymity because he was not certain the actor’s family had been informed of the death.

The official said Mr. Hoffman, 46, was found in his West Village apartment around 11:30 a.m. by a friend who had become concerned at not being able to reach Mr. Hoffman.

Investigators found a syringe in his arm and an envelope containing what is believed to be heroin, the official said.

“It’s pretty apparent that it was an overdose,” the official said. “The syringe was in his arm.”

Mr. Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor his role in the 2005 film “Capote,” in which he portrayed the writer Truman Capote.

He had undergone treatment for drug addiction in the past, and spoke in interviews about “falling off the wagon” last year after remaining clean for 23 years.

By around 2 p.m, more than a hundred people had gathered outside the address where the actor was found, in a brick apartment building on Bethune Street. The crowd was growing by the minute.

As people passed, they stopped, snapped photos, held hands and watched. They seemed to be waiting.

“He’s a local. He’s a fixture in this neighborhood,” said Christian McCulloch, 39, who said that he lives nearby. “You see him with his kids in the coffee shops, he is so sweet. It’s desperately sad.”

At a short distance from the crowd, two men who identified themselves as friends embraced, sobbing.

A woman answering the phone at Mr. Hoffman’s New York production company declined to comment. “I don’t have a comment at this time on that, thank you,” she said.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/03/movies/philip-seymour-hoffman-actor-dies-at-46.html?hp&_r=0


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jcboy
 
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Reply Sun 2 Feb, 2014 01:49 pm
OMG, how sad, he was awesome! Drugs! UGH!

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. Loved all your roles, and loved your new very important role in the "Hunger Games." They'll have to do some serious editing of the final one. Such a shame. Drugs = Death.
farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 2 Feb, 2014 05:26 pm
@jcboy,
I liked his role in MONEYBALL AND PIRATE RADIO too.
He supposedly had a role in THE BIG LEBOWSKI and I don't recall what character. Was he one of the real Lebowski's German Goths?
glitterbag
 
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Reply Sun 2 Feb, 2014 05:43 pm
@farmerman,
I'm not sure, but I loved the Big Lewbowski.
glitterbag
 
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Reply Sun 2 Feb, 2014 05:58 pm
@glitterbag,
Checked the filmography, he was in the Big Lebowski, played Brandt, would have to see the film again. Don't remember all the players.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 2 Feb, 2014 05:59 pm
@farmerman,
farmerman wrote:
He supposedly had a role in THE BIG LEBOWSKI and I don't recall what character.


http://alienationmentale.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/the-big-lebowski-and-brandt.jpg

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/philip-seymour-hoffman-looks-back-at-the-big-lebowski-20140202
farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 2 Feb, 2014 06:02 pm
@ehBeth,
ahhh, thanks. I forgot Lebowski's "personal assistant"
All I could remember were those three Goths who would attack the Dude.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 2 Feb, 2014 06:09 pm
@glitterbag,
Wow. That's ... staggering news to hear. He was one of my favorite actors of all time. Would never have expected to hear of his untimely death.

It goes to show how little we know about the ones we admire most.:-(
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Jeremiah
 
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Reply Sun 2 Feb, 2014 11:35 pm
And yet douchbags like Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Kanye West still walking the earth...
Bella Dea
 
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Reply Mon 3 Feb, 2014 08:38 am
Ah the price of fame- thinking you are invincible. Such a waste.

I never got drugs like heroin. Why you'd ever start in the first place.
Linkat
 
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Reply Mon 3 Feb, 2014 09:03 am
@Jeremiah,
Quote:
And yet douchbags like Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Kanye West still walking the earth...


Give them time if they continue on their downward slope -- seeing their younger ages. Even though I am far from a fan than any of those individuals -- I do wish they smarten up -- honestly I do not like to see things like that happen to anyone.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Mon 3 Feb, 2014 10:19 am
@Jeremiah,
Where's the relevance?
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Mon 3 Feb, 2014 11:29 am

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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Mon 3 Feb, 2014 05:14 pm
@Bella Dea,
Bella Dea wrote:

Why you'd ever start in the first place.


Because of the pleasure from it.
jcboy
 
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Reply Mon 3 Feb, 2014 06:39 pm
Just some other thoughts on the bigger picture of pain and addiction. There are some very truthful points in this piece.

A Note About Philip Seymour Hoffman: Addiction Is Not Selfish.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s death is the worst. Seriously. In much the same way that Chris Kelly‘s was. Or Cory Monteith‘s. And if you’re now looking at me like I’m crazy for even using Hoffman and Monteith in the same article, hear me out: It’s not because they were equal talents. Your opinion on that probably depends on whether you’re fifteen or thirty-five. This is not about losing one of the greatest talents of our time. Their deaths are horrific because they died alone, victims of an incredibly lonely disease. And what’s worse, they didn’t have to be alone. Loving significant others, loving children, admiration from everyone around them — if they could, I’m sure they would have chosen those things.

My dad was my biggest fan. He was the biggest fan of all of his kids. I was probably the only one who realized it, and I understand why. But when he died, wasted away and a shell of his former self after a lethal fall, the only possessions he had were photos of us and letters we’d written him decades ago. He would have liked to have been at our sporting events and our graduations, but instead he was drinking himself to death in a second-floor apartment in my hometown, bipolar disorder only adding immediacy to the fatal inevitabilities of his alcoholism. Anyone who thinks dying from an overdose is selfish has a weird idea of what an addict wants out of life. There comes a point at which drinking, drug use, all that — they’re not fun anymore. Philip Seymour Hoffman wasn’t out partying. He was alone in his bathroom, compelled. Cory Monteith in his hotel room. Chris Kelly in his living room. All the money in the world, all the adoring fans in the world, and, to see the comments people make on their deaths, they were selfish assholes who chose drugs over the people who loved them.

I guarantee that every time Hoffman put that needle in his arm, he felt guilty. He felt conflicted. He craved that high that would take the pain away, but knew the pain he caused himself and those around him every time he took a hit. We all have destructive habits. If we’re lucky, it’s watching too much TV when it’s inhibiting our productivity, or looking at porn when we think it’s a sin, or lying, cheating, overeating. If we’re lucky, our addictions won’t kill us. The majority of us can go through a partying phase and then grow up, settle down, and put down the sauce. But for an unfortunate group, the need to keep going becomes as pervasive as the need to eat or sleep. And we call them selfish, as if they would prefer to be a slave to the thing that’s ruining everything good in their lives.

When tragedies like these deaths happen to celebrities, they should be a wake-up call for the rest of us. If someone who has everything going for them can be so horribly enslaved to what they know could kill them, imagine what it’s like for the average addict. Addiction is bigger than class, race, religion, or any other factor that one might hope would reduce its captive hold. Succumbing to it isn’t selfish. It’s horribly sad and extremely difficult to prevent, even though it is, in theory, preventable. The way we talk about a celebrity who ODs says a lot about the way we think about people who are struggling around us. It’s time we tried to understand struggles we don’t endure ourselves. It’s called empathy, and we could all use a lot more of it.
farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 3 Feb, 2014 06:55 pm
@jcboy,
I don't know whether they announced that Hoffman od'd on "Theraflu" (fentanyl) laced heroin. A lot of od deaths occurred in Pittsburgh, and Baltimore with heroin bearing the "Theraflu" name
jcboy
 
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Reply Mon 3 Feb, 2014 07:27 pm
@farmerman,
I read something about that as well.

Not sure if I believe all of what is coming out or not, but it won't bring him or anyone else back. Hopefully some people will learn a little about addictions, that's the only good that will come out of this.
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Romeo Fabulini
 
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Reply Mon 3 Feb, 2014 07:38 pm
I'd never heard of Hoffman, but since he died his name's been all over the news, he's made the big time at last..Smile
jcboy
 
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Reply Mon 3 Feb, 2014 07:42 pm
@Romeo Fabulini,
Romeo Fabulini wrote:

I'd never heard of Hoffman, but since he died his name's been all over the news, he's made the big time at last..Smile


Well once again you’ve proven to me that it’s not just my imagination, you really are a dullard. Cool
 

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