Unfortunately, the news is true. After initial reports surfaced that one of the greatest actors of our generation has died, the tragic loss has been confirmed by the New York Times and the Associated Press: Philip Seymour Hoffman is dead. The 46-year-old star of film and stage was found dead in his Manhattan apartment Sunday morning around 11:15 a.m. from an alleged drug overdose. Reportedly, he was found with a syringe in his arm. Most fans remember Hoffman for his roles in Almost Famous, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Boogie Nights, and Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and of course, no one could forget his Oscar-winning role as Truman Capote in Capote.
The film, which came out in Sept. 2005 to coincide with Capote's 81st birthday, was a biographical account of the author as he wrote his "non-fiction novel" In Cold Blood. Hoffman's performance of the titular character received praise from audiences and critics alike and his somewhat method approach — he didn't break character between scenes nor during breaks — ultimately paid off. Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005, beating out fellow nominees Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line), and David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck).
When presenter Hilary Swank announced Hoffman had won, he looked pleasantly surprised as he made his way on stage to deliver a touching and personal acceptance speech. In the short minute and a half, Hoffman showed off his graciousness and, well, his love and respect for his mother. He spoke from his heart and shared with everyone what matters most to him: "I love, I love, I love, I love."
Rest in peach, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Ledger, too.