Philip Seymour Hoffman dead: Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Robert De Niro, Gwyneth Paltrow and more pay tribute

 

Tributes from the friends and co-stars of Philip Seymour Hoffman have flooded in, after he was found dead in his New York City apartment following a suspected drug overdose on Sunday.

The actor - famed for his roles in Magnolia, The Talented Mr Ripley and Capote, among others – is thought to have been battling an addiction to heroin.

He was discovered  on the floor of his bathroom by friend and playwright David Bar Katz shortly before noon. He was just 46 years old.

"This is a horrible day for those who worked with Philip. He was a giant talent. Our hearts are open for his family," Tom Hanks, who starred with Hoffman in Charlie Wilson's War told E! News in a statement.

Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead: Actor Dies From Suspected Drug Overdose

"There are no words. It's just terrible," George Clooney, Hoffman’s The Ides Of March co-star added.

 

Meanwhile, Gwyneth Paltrow posted the following image via her Instagram account."Ischia 1998, post dinner, post shooting...Philip was a true genius. #philipseymourhoffman," she wrote in the caption.

Jeff Bridges similarly paid his respects to the late star,  posting the following via his official Facebook account:

Robert De Niro said in a statment: "I'm very, very saddened by the passing of Phil. He was a wonderful actor. This is one of those times where you say: 'This just shouldn't be. He was so young and gifted and had so much going, so much to live for'. My family and I send our deepest condolences to his family."

News of the actor’s passing overshadowed proceedings at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, in central London, where several former colleagues paid tribute.

Philip Seymour Hoffman: A Magnificent & Versatile Actor

John Hurt, who starred opposite Hoffman in Owning Mahowny, said at the ceremony: “It’s a devastating loss. His contribution was massive.”

Skyfall actress Naomie Harris said: "That's a huge loss for everyone.

"He was an extraordinary and intelligent man, so it's incredibly sad, and it makes the evening all a bit more sombre now, having heard."

"He did some tremendous work,” Steve Coogan said on the red carpet.

"Everything he was in, he raised the quality of his film just by his presence.

"People have different opinions about actors but you wouldn't find anybody who would have a bad word to say about any of his performances, they were all incredibly nuanced.

"There are actors and there are movie stars and sometimes they're both but he was an actor first and a movie star second."

Meanwhile, Lionsgate, the production company behind The Hunger Games franchise — called him “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,” the company stated.

Read More: 'It Was Anything I Could Get My Hands On': Philip Seymour Hoffman on Early Drug Abuse
From 2012: Philip Seymour Hoffman interviewed about The Master
Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
PROMOTED VIDEO
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: Multiple Apprentices Required

£6240 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Apprentices are required to join a privat...

Sauce Recruitment: HR Manager

£40000 per annum: Sauce Recruitment: This is an exciting opportunity for a HR...

Ashdown Group: Interim HR Manager - 3 Month FTC - Henley-on-Thames

£35000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A well-established organisation oper...

Recruitment Genius: HR Advisor

£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our Client has been the leader ...

Day In a Page

Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project