Hollywood lost a legend in the making, and three young kids lost their dad, when Philip Seymour Hoffman died suddenly on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2. The Oscar-winning actor, 46 at the time of his death, was supposed to pick up his children on the day he passed away -- but, tragically, he never showed.
A source tells Us Weekly his friends and family began to worry when he failed to get his kids -- son Cooper and daughters Tallulah and Willa -- from costume designer Mimi O'Donnell, his longtime partner. It was "uncharacteristic of him" not to be there, the insider says. Another source notes that he was supposed to watch the Super Bowl with his son.
A friend, playwright David Bar Katz, went to his West Village apartment to check on him, and found him alone in the bathroom with a needle in his arm, the NYPD confirms. Medical examiners and detectives arrived on the scene not long after.
"I saw him last week, and he was clean and sober, his old self," Katz told the New York Times of the Capote star, who completed a 10-day rehab stint in May 2013 after a relapse following 23 years of sobriety. "I really thought this chapter was over."
As previously reported, Hoffman's family released a statement in the wake of his death. "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone," the statement read. "This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers."