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In an unfortunate case of heroin addiction, Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away on February 2nd, 2014 due to a suspected overdose. He was found dead in his New York apartment with a syringe still in his arm and packets of heroin lying nearby (CBS). In the past, Hoffman had been very candid regarding his battle with heroin and was completely drug-free for 23 years up until 2012, when he fell off the bandwagon and was sucked back into the world of drugs. He leaves behind partner Mimi O'Donnell and his three children.
At age 46, Hoffman left behind a legacy as being one of the most decorated actors of our time. His filmography and Broadway productions were filled with his love for his craft and it was evident in everything he did. Seriously, take a look at this man's incredibly long list of acting credits sometime - it will really put things into perspective as to how big of a loss his death will leave for Hollywood. Starring in movies such as "Capote," "Boogie Nights," "Moneyball," and "The Big Lebowski," Hoffman entertained audiences around the world. Perhaps some of you may also recognize him as the actor who plays Plutarch Heavensbee in "The Hunger Games" movies.
The high incidence of substance abuse amongst those who have encountered fame has claimed the lives of many talented individuals recently such as Cory Montieth, Brittany Murphy, Heath Ledger, and Amy Winehouse. Addiction is a ferocious disease and the way our society views addicts needs to change. These are people who are in need of care, not judgment. While Hoffman was able to stay clean for 23 years, he was still an addict but only this time he was in remission. The heart breaking reality is that all of these deaths could have been prevented yet nothing was done. In the case of Philip Seymour Hoffman, while he certainly battled his own demons, he also had an amazing drive that led him to create many unforgettable moments in film history.