Hollywood has continued to mourn the passing of acting great Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died from an apparent drug overdose on Sunday (02Feb14). The 46 year old's body was found in his New York apartment after a friend grew concerned following failed attempts to contact the star.
In the subsequent hours after news broke of his death, a slew of stars have reached out to speak of their shock at the sad news, and the tributes kept coming into the early hours of Monday (03Feb14).
His The Hunger Games: Catching Fire co-star Sam Claflin took to Twitter.com to write, "PSH - I am genuinely shocked, saddened and speechless. A truly wonderful man, with a magical touch. My hero. Thoughts are with his family."
Meanwhile, an official statement from bosses at Lionsgate, the studio behind the Hunger Games franchise, reads: "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."
Hoffman, who plays Plutarch Heavensbee in the blockbuster films, reportedly only had seven days of filming left on the upcoming two instalments.
The Oscar winner was also slated to make a return to the small screen in a new TV series titled Happyish, co-starring Kathryn Hahn and Rhys Ifans.
The dark comedy was picked up to order by bosses at America's Showtime network last month (Jan14), and although he only filmed the pilot, it is unclear whether executives will recast Hoffman's role or scrap the project all together.
A statement from Showtime bosses reads: "Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of our generation's finest and most brilliant actors. He was also a gifted comedic talent. It was a great privilege and pleasure to work with him and we are all absolutely devastated by this sudden loss. Our thoughts go out to his family at this very difficult time."
Hoffman underwent a stint in rehab to tackle substance abuse issues last May (13). He spent more than 20 years sober before suffering a relapse in 2012.
Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman has died from an apparent drug overdose at the age of 46. The Capote star's body was found in his New York home on Sunday (02Feb14).
Hoffman has struggled with drug abuse in the past and reportedly checked himself into rehab last year (13) to battle an addiction to heroin after 23 years of sobriety.
A statement from a representative for Hoffman reads, "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."
The actor began his career in the early 1990s, appearing in films like Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
In 2005, he portrayed Truman Capote in Capote and picked up a Best Actor Academy Award for the role.
Hoffman also received Oscar nominations for his supporting roles in Charlie Wilson's War, Doubt and The Master.
In addition to his movie work, Hoffman was an accomplished thespian, earning Tony Award nominations for the plays True West, Death of a Salesman and Long Day's Journey into Night.
He also co-starred in last year's (13) Hunger Games film Catching Fire as Plutarch Heavensbee. The character also appears in the next two films in the series. It is unclear if Hoffman completed shooting for the film series.
The actor was signed on to lead the cast of new TV drama Happyish and he was about to start work on his second directorial feature Ezekiel Moss, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams.
Hoffman is survived by his longtime girlfriend Mimi O'Donnell, their son Cooper, and daughters Tallulah and Willa.
Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman is returning to his TV roots with a new dark comedy about the pursuit of happiness. The Master star will feature alongside Kathryn Hahn as his onscreen wife and Welsh actor Rhys Ifans as his boss in Happyish, a series which will air on America's Showtime network. A premiere date has yet to be set.
Hoffman landed his first acting role in an episode of crime drama Law & Order in 1991.
Happyish will be the 46 year old's first new job since completing a stint in rehab to tackle substance abuse issues last May (13). He spent more than 20 years sober before suffering a relapse in 2012.