LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The family of Philip Seymour Hoffman Sunday expressed their shock and grief over the untimely passing of the award-winning actor.
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone,” Hoffman’s family said in a statement released shortly before noon.
“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,” the statement read.
Survived by longtime partner Mimi O’Donnell and their three children, the 46-year-old actor was found dead in his Greenwich Village home in New York City, according to the Associated Press. His cause of death was not immediately known.
But news of Hoffman’s death broke shortly after 10:30 a.m., causing dozens of celebrities to express their grief on Twitter. Below are just a handful of tweets:
Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard released a statement which read, in part: “He was an extraordinary actor with tremendous range and the gift of fully and deeply realizing his amazing characters in films from `Magnolia’ and `Capote’ to `Charlie Wilson’s War’ and `Doubt.’ He was such a great talent and his loss is just deeply sad. On behalf of his fellow actors and all members of SAG-AFTRA, our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.”
Hoffman was nominated for seven SAG Awards and four Academy Awards. He won SAG’s award for best male actor for his role as Truman Capote in the 2005 film, “Capote,” a part that also earned him an Oscar for best lead actor.
“Oh my god, sad, very sad,” said Hader Nagesh, one of many fans in Hollywood who expressed shock and sadness about Hoffman’s death.
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