Earlier this month, one of Hollywood's truly great actors and directors was found dead in his Manhattan apartment. It wasn't any secret that Philip Seymour Hoffman had dealt with his fair share of demons, but by all appearances, he seemed to have his life under control. However, it all proved to be too much.

The preliminary report stated that Hoffman was found on the floor of his bathroom with a needle in his arm. Heroin seemed to be the culprit.

In an official report, by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in New York, the cause of death is listed as "acute mixed drug intoxication" from a combination of heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines (anti-anxiety) and amphetamines (such as Adderall).

As TMZ notes, mixing heroin and cocaine is a lethal concoction, known as "speedbailing," which only exacerbates the damage to the body. River Phoenix infamously died  in similar fashion outside of The Viper Room in Los Angeles in 1993.

Hoffman was known for such outstanding roles as Truman Capote in Capote (2005), Art Howe in Moneyball (2011) and Plutarch Heavensbee in Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), among so many others.

Soon after the news broke on Feb. 2, Hoffman's family released a heartbreaking 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."

It’s that Oscars time of the year once again!

In celebration of Hollywood’s biggest night, Rock Paper Photo has a collection of absolutely gorgeous iconic shots of Academy Awards nominees from past and present—Popdust has selected our favorite photos.

Drawing on work from all the leading photographers, including Terry O’Neill, Richard Corman, Michael Tighe and the late Frank Worth, each amazing picture is truly worth a thousand words.

Case in point, O’Neill’s fabulous post-Oscars shot of Faye Dunaway, recovering poolside at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the morning after winning the Best Actress Academy Award in 1977 for her performance in Network.

“I look at this picture often, and I’m still so proud of it. It’s still the best Oscar picture ever taken,” London born, O’Neill, told Britain’s Guardian newspaper.

“I wanted to capture the look of dazed confusion, that state of utter shock that Oscar winners enter, where they go to bed thrilled, then overnight, it dawns on them that they’ve changed, that they’ve just become a star. And not just a star, a millionaire.

“She isn’t sure quite who she is any more. I waited for her to look away from the camera, and I got the shot.”

O’Neill ended up getting more than just an amazing photograph—he also got the girl. Dunaway and O’Neill married six years later, although, sadly, they divorced after just three years.

Faye Dunaway by Terry O’Neill

Marlon Brando and Bob Hope by Frank Worth

Sandra Bullock by Michael Tighe

Audrey Hepburn by Terry O’Neill

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote by Richard Corman

Martin Scorsese by Michael Tighe

You can check out the full amazing collection and buy your favorite fine art prints at Rock Paper Photo

A city-wide manhunt is on for the drug dealer who sold Philip Seymour Hoffman that deadly batch of heroin and on Monday, police  sought surveillance tapes showing the Oscar winning actor withdrawing cash from two different Greenwich Village ATMs.

As Popdust previously reported, the 46-year-old was discovered dead in his apartment Sunday with a syringe in his arm—it is believed he overdosed from heroin.

“An internal email went out to all supervisors asking if anyone has had any experience with those brand names of drugs,” a police insider told the New York Post. “They’re going to try to find the source."

A source close to the investigation said that cops are focusing on 49 bags denoting the strains of heroin — “Ace of Spades” or “Ace of Hearts” — recovered at Hoffman's condo, explaining how investigators will implement a “Nitro dump” to narrow down their suspects.

“Basically what that is, is any time we make a narcotics arrest we include the brand name on the arrest report and store it in our system” the insider told the paper, “so our investigators can see where those brands are being sold.”

Authorities attempted to obtain surveillance footage of the actor at a neighborhood bodega early Saturday, but the place was not equipped with cameras, so now they are hoping to recover footage of the actor recorded from within the ATM.

Police said an eyewitness saw a “very sweaty” Hoffman looking “like s**t” and buying contraband Saturday evening from a pair of men carrying a messenger bag after withdrawing money from an ATM.

Philip Seymour Hoffman once intervened to persuade Heath Ledger to quit heroin—talking the actor into believing there was a life worth living outside of hard drugs and guiding him into sobriety—a source tells Popdust exclusively.

Sadly, Ledger's new found commitment to staying clean was short lived—the 28-year-old was found dead in his New York apartment in 2008 from an accidental drugs overdose—although he had stayed away from heroin it seems he had found other ways to satisfy his addiction, eventually succumbing to a deadly combination of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine.

And, as evidenced by news reports Sunday, despite his best efforts to persuade others to get clean, Hoffman himself continued to struggle with his decades long drug addiction.

As previously reported, Hoffman was discovered dead in his apartment yesterday—authorities believe the 46-year-old died from a heroin overdose, echoing the tragic death of his fellow actor and friend—who lived just blocks away in NYC— whom he had attempted to sober coach years previously.

A close friend of Hoffman's tells Popdust the big hearted Capote star dedicated hours of his time to mentor struggling friends in an effort to help them stay clean, all the while fighting his own, now very apparent, demons.

“Heath was just one of many friends Phil tried to help along the way," the source says. "He had endless time and patience whenever it came to someone struggling with drugs or alcohol.

"He would spend hours talking people down from the ledge and would do everything and anything in his power to help those who were in a dark place or a hole.

“Phil was very active in the Alcoholics Anonymous fellowship and didn't hesitate for one second when Heath's people reached out to him to ask for his help getting him sober. They had been friendly for years and Phillip spent hours talking to Heath, counseling and helping him, persuading him to choose life over drugs.

"That's what is so incredibly tragic about Phil's death—he would spend all this time on others giving them reasons to stay away from drugs and to live and yet when it came to himself it's like he was spent, there was nothing left."

Prior to checking into rehab last year, Hoffman had 23 years sober under his belt and helped countless young men and women with their addictions.

“Phil happily took Heath under his wing. He took him to all the best meetings and even some private invite only ones where celebrities go so they can share openly without worry.

"Heath would get a few weeks clean and Phil would be so happy and optimistic, but then Heath would pick up again. He had trouble sleeping, so he could only go a few days without taking prescription drugs to help him pass out—and that would always eventually lead him back to drinking and harder drugs.

"Even though Heath relapsed, Phil never gave up on him. He had so much respect for Heath’s talent and really wanted to see him succeed. It broke his heart when he died. He saw a lot of himself in Heath.

"They were both really intense, passionate people and Phil truly believed that if he could get sober, Heath could, too. The biggest irony of all is that this disease took both of them in the end."

 

Celebrities took to twitter Sunday to express their shock and dismay at the tragic death of  Philip Seymour Hoffman.

As Popdust previously reported, the 46-year-old actor was found dead inside his Manhattan apartment with a hypodermic needle still in his arm early this morning.

A personal assistant discovered his body on the bathroom floor of his West Village apartment.

Hoffman struggled with drug abuse issues for most of his adult life and even went to rehab following his college graduation from New York University in 1989—he had 23 years of sobriety under his belt at the time he checked himself back into rehab last May to deal with his addiction.

In 2011, the Oscar winning actor — who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 biographical film Capote, told The Guardian newspaper: “It was pretty bad, you know what I mean. And I know, deep down, I still look at the idea of drinking with the same ferocity that I did back then. It’s still pretty tangible.

“I don’t know, I was young, I drank too much, you know, so I stopped. … It’s not really complicated. I had no interest in drinking in moderation. And I still don’t. Just because all that time’s passed doesn’t mean maybe it was just a phase. That’s you know, that’s who I am.”

Celebrities from A-list to D shared their condolences and tributes in 140 characters or less:

Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose

Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose

 

Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose

Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose

Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose

Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose

Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose

 

Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose

Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose

 

Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose

 

Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose

Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose

Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose

 

Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose

Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose

Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose

Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose

Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose

Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose

Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose

Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose Stars Tweet tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death from a suspected heroin overdose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 2), reports The Wall Street Journal.

Hoffman, 46, was known for such outstanding roles as Truman Capote in Capote (2005), Art Howe in Moneyball (2011) and Plutarch Heavensbee in Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), among so many others.

The New York City Police Department says the exact circumstances surrounding his death are currently under investigation, but it appears he died from a drug overdose.

Sources add that a close friend found Hoffman's body on the floor of the actor's bathroom...with a needle in his arm.

In May 2013, Hoffman checked into a rehab facility to deal with his heroin addiction.

Since the news broke, Hoffman's family has released a statement, reading, "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,”