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Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in New York, reports the Wall Street Journal

HoffmanHubbardPhilip Seymour Hoffman, the supremely talented actor who played a character based on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard in 2012’s The Master, was found dead in his apartment today, the Wall Street Journal is reporting this afternoon.

Hoffman received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the Hubbard analog Lancaster Dodd, his fourth nomination. He won an Academy Award for his portray of Truman Capote in 2005’s Capote.

He was 46 years old.

The New York Post is reporting that Hoffman succumbed to a drug overdose, according to a law enforcement official. Hoffman had struggled with drug abuse problems, and had checked into a rehab facility last year, the Post says.

The Journal is reporting that Hoffman was found in his Manhattan apartment bathroom with a needle in his arm.

The New York Times has put up a slideshow of Hoffman’s film appearances over the years. It also profiled Hoffman for its magazine in 2008.


Posted by Tony Ortega on February 2, 2014 at 13:37

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  • Xenu Was A Nihilist

    Just shocking news… Peace to his wife and children, and others he left behind.

  • Modesto


  • Krew13

    Horrible news. Can’t quite believe it. I wasn’t even aware he had a drug problem. His performance in The Master was electric.

    As a side note, I bet that piece of shit Cruise and his BFF were celebrating last night. Fuck them.

  • Krew13
  • And I’m Cute, Too

    So shocked and saddened to hear of this. I had no idea about his drug problems. It’s such a shame to lose someone of his talent.

    May he rest in peace, and may peace and comfort be with all who loved him.

  • Sydjazz

    Hubby just saw the news and said maybe scientologists got him because of the master.

    • Krew13

      That’s what I thought too, but he was known to have a drug problem. It’s not impossible but it would’ve required someone to get inside his apartment and forcibly inject him with heroin. Sciloons are evil but they’re not very smart.

    • HelenNPN

      IMHO this would be giving them way too much ability in terms of tactical, strategical and logistical smarts. They just aren’t up to this type of hit.

  • Krew13

    OK, now I’m worried because I’ve read it’s unusual for a heroin OD to still have the needle in his/her arm when they die and that a potential explanation would be contaminated drugs.

    I’m now worried this WAS a Sciloon revenge.

    • EnthralledObserver

      The current trend seems to be to blame them anyway… I’ll jump on that train, they’ve certainly earned the derision, even if we’ve got the details slightly wrong in this case.

      • You should be joking, but I don’t know if you are.

        Anyone who wants to come off as hysterical and unreliable with no sense of sound judgement whatsoever, just carry on.

    • Sidney18511

      There is a bad batch of heroin mixed with fentanyl 50/50. It is responsible for over 100 od deaths. They believe that is what PSH had. It will put you out and shut down your respiratory system is seconds. That is why the needle is still in his arm.

      • DodoTheLaser

        More likely.

      • richelieu jr

        This is the problem with street drugs. Particularly Fentanyl (which I am currently on, per doctor prescription) and which is many time the strength of heroin…

        People don’t know how to cut and measure it, it’ is done approximatively and….

        People take it and… lights out.

  • DodoTheLaser

    Hopefully, this high profile tragedy will be instrumental in bringing more funding and easy access to Naloxone.

    “Police carry special drug to reverse heroin overdoses”


    “A drug that is highly successful in reversing heroin overdoses is being carried by some police agencies as a way to give quicker treatment before paramedics arrive.”

    “The man’s girlfriend had overdosed on heroin. He had heard Quincy police
    carry naloxone, a drug that can reverse an opiate overdose instantly.
    Quincy officers, helping with security at the parade, administered the
    drug, reversed the overdose and saved the 20-year-old woman.”

    “It’s easy for the cynical person to say, ‘Oh, they’re druggies, they’re
    junkies, let them die. But when you put a name and a face and a family
    to that, then it’s a different story,” Koch said. “Some people who go
    down this road will never come back, but if we can bring them back,
    there’s always hope.”



    “Naloxone is an opioid antagonist drug developed by Sankyo in the 1960s.
    Naloxone is a drug used to counter the effects of opiate overdose,
    for example heroin or morphine overdose.

    Naloxone is specifically used to counteract life-threatening
    depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system.”

    • Ardent

      That would be an excellent plan, Dodo. I wonder if more municipalities will pick up on it. I’d never heard of Naxalone until you brought it up. It could save many lives, I imagine.

      • DodoTheLaser

        I myself learned it only 2 days ago from the article above, Ardent.
        Get this: “Police and first responders have reversed more than 300 overdoses statewide”
        That’s 300 lives saved.

        • Captain Howdy

          Actually Naloxone known more popularly as Narcan has been around and in use for decades.

          It saved my life in 2010.

          • richelieu jr

            First I’ve heard of it..

            Can you get a prescription? That’s pretty handy stuff!

          • DodoTheLaser

            Oh, wow! Good to know and glad it saved you, Howdy!

    • Her_Royal_Blondeness

      I witnessed a heroin addict literally brought back from death by a police officer in Lakewood, Washington about 12 years ago. It is an amazing, life saving drug. One second, a person can be dead on the ground, with no heartbeat or respiration and within seconds of being injected they are wide awake (albeit usually a little pissed because it completely destroys their high). It is sad that most municipalities cannot get past the red tape in order to allow first responders to carry it.

      • DodoTheLaser

        Very impressive, thank you for sharing this story. Paramedics have it in their arsenal, now some cops too, hopefully all of them will have it soon, due to the alarming death rates from od.

  • Mary_McConnell

    My condlences to his loved ones. What a sad ending to what was a gifted life. However, addiction knows no financial, cultural, race or gender distinctions. It is a one day at a time struggle for so many. I don’t even wish one on my worst enemy.

    I deal with addicts and their loved ones on a regular basis in my volunteer work to help victims of the Narconon scam. Narconon can’t even provide basic assistance to addicts, nor do they educate them about their problem. Addicts are not allowed to talk about their addiction while in the program. People have become ill and some have died in the Narconon program. It is so bad on so many levels. Buyer Beware!

    Here are 2 resources for those who suffer from an addiction, or know of someone who does. The first is from the Reaching For The Tipping Pont sister website, Narconon The second is an online support group I have found to be very inspirational and helpful to others

    How to Choose a Drug or Alcohol Rehab
    Recovery First – over 20,000 members.

  • richelieu jr

    The ‘War on Drugs’ has got to stop.

    • PraiseBeToXenu

      I really think he would have OD’ed, whether there was a war on drugs going on or not. He just simply got addicted, and succumbed to it. We shouldn’t declare war on drugs. But we should declare war on drug addiction. And combat it with support for rehab programs and support groups.

      Of course, I mean REAL rehab programs, not “vitamins and saunas”, like one certain “program” we know LOL

      • richelieu jr

        Oh, I quite agree.

        It is very, very hard to get off drugs, and poor, street-quality stuff kills…
        I know i am not the only drug asdic ton this board and I am sure they would all agree…
        Going to prison solves nothing. They can still get drugs and then go to crime school t the same time, all on our dime.

  • indie8million

    I am mostly familiar with Philip Seymour Hoffman from, “Almost Famous.” Brilliant and truthful portrayal of the cynicism of the rock world of the 60’s.

    Does no one want to talk about the elephant in the room? The thought that he was clean for 23 years and THEN did fhe LRH film and THEN came back into drugs? I’d love to know if there WAS any harassment that might have driven him back to the needle.

    I have a song for our honoring him today. Maybe two.

    Neil –

    And Elton John.

    Forgive yourself. Do what you feel you must to help your family and friends. Be free, like you always hoped you could be. Thank you for what you gave us. Come back again. You are welcome.

  • Jimmy Threetimes

    Podcast from yesterday with two light conversations about the career and legacy of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Scientology isn’t mentioned, even when they bring up The Master, but I’m linking it here case anyone wants to give it a listen.

  • Daniel Kufuor

    Philip Seymour Hoffman was an amazing actor. Rest in peace.