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Update: Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dies of apparent overdose at 46

American actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
American actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman, the prolific film and theater actor who starred in a number of successful Hollywood films, has died. 

New York police reported that Hoffman was found dead at his West Manhattan apartment Sunday. 

Lt John Grimpel of the NYPD initially confirmed that Hoffman had died and that the department is investigating the circumstances of his death.  NYPD sources later confirmed to KPCC that the actor died of an apparent drug overdose and that he was found with a needle in his arm.

Police responded to a 911 call at 11:36 a.m. ET Sunday to 35 Bethune Street, where they found an unconscious and unresponsive Hoffman on bathroom floor, New York police said.. He was pronounced dead on the scene by Emergency Medical Services personnel.

Hoffman had been treated for drug addiction in the past, entering himself in a East Coast substance abuse center in early May 2013.

Hoffman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Actor for his portrayal of Truman Capote in the film "Capote." He also played the critical role of game-maker Plutarch Heavensbee in the wildly successful "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" film, a role he was supposed to reprise in the next two sequels.

Variety reports that Hoffman had also been slated to star in Showtime's new series "Happyish," which was to begin production later this year:

Hoffman was to have played a 40-something man frustrated by feeling out of touch in his work surroundings with younger colleagues.

Showtime gave the project a 10-episode order last month for a planned premiere later this year.

In 2005 , Hoffman spoke with KPCC about his award-wining role in "Capote," telling AirTalk host Larry Mantle that he felt a connection to the writer:

"I spent a lot of time just understanding what was driving him to do what he did. What was the thing at the end of the day that made him behave the way he behaved? And if I could understand those questions honestly enough, and personalize them specifically enough, somehow I was able to have the confidence to act his life."

You can hear the full interview here: 

Hoffman's family released a statement Sunday thanking fans and friends for their support, and asking for privacy: 

“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.”

Shocked and saddened responses to his passing also poured in on Twitter from those who admired and worked with him.

Martha Plimpton tweet

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Hoffman had roles in a number of other films including in "Scent of a Woman" (1992), "Twister" (1996), "Boogie Nights" (1997), "The Big Lebowski" (1998), "Magnolia" (1999), "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999),  and "Cold Mountain" (2003), among others.

He was also an accomplished stage actor, and was nominated for several Tony awards for his performances in" True West," "Death of a Salesman" and "Long Day's Journey into Night" (2003). NPR featured an interview with Hoffman on his role as Willy Loman in the play.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.