Oscar-winning actor PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN dead of an apparent drug overdose — in the bathroom with a hypodermic needle still in his arm — cops say.
NYPD says his personal assistant found Hoffman’s body inside his Greenwich Village New York apartment at 35 Bethune St. early this morning.
The assistant called 911 around 11:30 A.M.
Police investigators are at the scene and are conducting a thorough sweep of the death scene.
Hoffman, 46, publicly admitted that he nearly succumbed to substance abuse graduating from NYU’s drama school in 2006, but got sober in rehab.
“It was all that (drugs and alcohol), yeah. It was anything I could get my hands on…I liked it all,” he told “60 Minutes” .
As The ENQUIRER previously reported Hoffman checked himself into rehab again for ten days after relapsing in 2012.
According to multiple reports, Hoffman who played rock critic/drug addict Lester Bangs in “Almost Famous”, began using prescription pills, and then snorted heroin for about a week before realizing he needed help.
He won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in biopic “Capote” about celebrated writer Truman Capote, the author of “In Cold Blood”
Hoffman recently appeared in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" as Plutarch Heavensbee.