Philip Seymour Hoffman Dies: Picture of the Chaotic Scene Outside His Manhattan Apartment

Celebrity News Feb. 2, 2014 AT 7:05PM
Philip Seymour Hoffman's apartment Members of the media stand outside the apartment of movie actor Philip Seymour Hoffman after he was found dead in New York February 2, 2014. Award-winning actor Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment on Sunday of an apparent drug overdose, according to a New York Police Department source. Credit: Reuters /Joshua Lott /Lando

As the NYPD tries to piece together exactly what happened in the death of 46-year-old actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, the scene outside the late Oscar winner's West Village apartment in downtown New York City is chaotic and crowded. 

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The street outside of the home, located at 35 Bethune Street, is crowded with fans, reporters, and investigators. An eyewitness tells Us Weekly that at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2 medical examiners and detectives arrived on the scene.

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According to the NYPD, a needle was found in Hoffman's arm from an apparent heroin overdose, after someone -- David Katz, according to some reports -- discovered Hoffman's body around 11:30 a.m. 

The seasoned actor is survived by his three children, daughters Tallulah and Willa and son Cooper, and longtime girlfriend, costume designer Mimi O'Donnell. The distinguished actor completed a 10-day rehab stint in May 2013 after a relapse following 23 years of sobriety. 

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Shortly before his death he was filming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2. He played gamekeeper Plutarch Heavensbee in last fall's Catching Fire and completing the filming of Mockingjay, Part 1. A source close to the franchise revealed that the celebrated star had seven days of filming remaining on the final Hunger Games film. 

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