Jennifer Lawrence and the cast of the Hunger Games have broken their silence on the tragic death of co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found on the floor of his New York City apartment on Sunday.
The 46-year-old actor was discovered by his personal assistant and his friend, the playwright David Katz just after midday, having died from a suspected drug overdose.
Hoffman had been making two Hunger Games Mockingjay movies back-to-back in the months leading up to his death, and spent the majority of his time on and off set with the stars and crew of the franchise.
“Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now,” a joint statement from the cast read. “Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest condolences go out to his family.”
Hoffman first played the role of eccentric and rebellious games master Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which premiered in the UK in November 2013.
Philip Seymour Hoffman 1967 - 2014
Philip Seymour Hoffman 1967 - 2014
A classic shot of Philip Seymour Hoffman as Capote, the role which earned him a Best Actor Academy Award in 2006
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Hoffman played an affable school boy in 1992 film Scent Of A Woman
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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mark Wahlbergand JohnC Reilly in 'Boogie Nights', 1997
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Lara Flynn Boyle in 'Happiness', 1998
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Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jeff Bridges in 'The Big Lebowski', 1998
Dressed up to the nines in Flawless, 1999
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Another career highlight for Hoffman, in 1999
Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as Phil Parma in 'Magnolia'. This was Paul Thomas Anderson's second film, 1999
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Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs and Patrick Fugit as William Miller in 'Almost Famous', 2000
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Hoffman poses in Punch Drunk Love, 2002
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Philip Seymour Hoffman in 'Owning Mahowny', 2003
Philip Seymour Hoffman portrays writer Truman Capote in a scene from the film, 'Capote'. The film looks at the author's journey into writing 'In Cold Blood', 2006
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Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in 'Mission Impossible III', 2006
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A scene from 'Charlie Wilson's War' with Tom Hanks as Charlie Wilson, left, and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Gust Avrakotos, right. The film follows Charlie Wilson, a congressman from Texas, who takes an interest in the situation in Afghanistan, 2007
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Philip Seymour Hoffman, left, and Laura Linney, right, are shown in this scene from the film 'The Savages'. The film centers on Jon and Wendy Savage and their broken relationship with their father, 2007
Philip Seymour Hoffman portrays Father Flynn, right, and Meryl Streep portrays Sister Aloysius in a scene from 'Doubt'. Streep plays Sister Aloysius who sets off on a personal mission to find out the truth about Father Flynn, 2008
As a man of the cloth, starring opposite Meryl Streep in Doubt, 2008
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Philip Seymour Hoffman and Hope Davis in Charlie Kaufman's ambitious directorial debut 'Synecdoche, New York', 2008
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Philip Seymour Hoffman makes his directorial debut as he stars alongside Amy Ryan in 'Jack Goes Boating', 2010
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Philip Seymour Hoffman, left, and Ryan Gosling are shown in a scene from 'The Ides of March', 2011
A truly versatile actor, Hoffman played a baseball coach opposite Brad Pitt in the Oscar-nominated Moneyball, 2011
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Joaquin Phoenix, left, and Philip Seymour Hoffman in a scene from 'The Master'. The director, Paul Thomas Anderson, acknowledged that Hoffman's character was partially based on Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, 2012
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Philip Seymour Hoffman in the pleasing 'A Late Quartet', 2012
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Philip Seymour Hoffman, left, and Andrew Garfield, right, take a curtain call at the Broadway opening night of 'Death Of A Salesman' at the Barrymore Theatre, 2012
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Philip Seymour Hoffman starring alongside Woody Harrelson in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire', 2013
As he had already finished filming the first Mockingjay film, and there was only one significant scene left to film in the final installment of the franchise, producers confirmed today that they would not be recasting the role, and that the release of the films would not be delayed.
“Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation,” production company Lionsgate said in a statement.
“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.”
As of yet, no official cause of death has been confirmed, but New York Police said Hoffman untimely passing was likely caused by a drugs overdose.
Police later confirmed in a statement that the actor was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of his Greenwich Village apartment after officers responded to a 911 call.
CNN, citing a law enforcement official, reported that the actor was last seen alive at 8pm on Saturday and had been expected to pick up his children on Sunday but failed to show up.