Philip Seymour Hoffman, Apparent Overdose at 46
A graduate of New York University, Hoffman got his first break in Scent of Woman with Al Pacino. He’s played Truman Capote, a renegade CIA agent in Charlie Wilson’s War, a cult leader like L. Ron Hubbard in The Master to name a few of the many characters he played. He was such a good actor that I had to look twice to recognize him in some roles. Alec Baldwin referred to him as “the actor’s actor”.
Addiction is a disease which draws no boundaries. It doesn’t stop at rich or poor, famous or ordinary, old or young, man or woman. It is not a disease that someone chooses. Addiction picks its host and moves in. Phllip Seymour Hoffman was no stranger to addiction and the fight to remain sober. He relapsed about a year ago into prescription drug abuse and his death via overdose has been attributed to heroin. According to reports he was found with the needle still in his arm and empty and full bags of heroin around him. In the crackdown on prescription drug abuse, people are turning to heroin. It’s cheap and readily available. There are no prescriptions and it is as close as the local dealer.