|Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)|
Today we learned the very sad news that beloved actor Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away at his apartment in New York, due to an apparent drug overdose.
He was an incredibly talented and well respected actor, inspiring most if not all of his peers.
PSH - I am genuinely shocked, saddened and speechless. A truly wonderful man, with a magical touch. My hero. Thoughts are with his family.
— Sam Claflin (@samclaflin) February 2, 2014
His family released this statement:
“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.”
Lionsgate also released an official statement of their own:
“Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation. We’re very fortunate that he graced our Hunger Games family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Philip’s family.”
UPDATE: Another official statement was released by Jennifer Lawrence, Suzanne Collins, Francis Lawrence, Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik on behalf of the Mockingjay cast and crew:
"Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now. Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family."
A source close to the production of the Mockingjay films revealed that Philip had only one more week of shooting left on Part 2, and Francis and the production team are confident that a small re-write is all that will be required to complete and release the movies as planned.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Philip's family and loved ones. Rest in peace.