Philip Seymour Hoffman Mourned by Jennifer Lawrence, Hunger Games Cast, Crew After Death: "Our Hearts Are Breaking"
Philip Seymour Hoffman's sudden death at age 46 has left his friends, family, and colleagues reeling. Tributes to the Oscar-winning actor continue to pour in -- including this one from Jennifer Lawrence and the rest of the cast and crew of the two-part Hunger Games finale, Mockingjay, in which he played Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee.
"Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now," a statement from Lawrence, director Francis Lawrence, author Suzanne Collins, and others on behalf of the Hunger Games team said Sunday, Feb. 2. "Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest condolences go out to his family."
The statement follows an earlier statement from Lionsgate Films, the production company behind the Hunger Games movies. "Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation," the studio said. "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."
Sam Claflin, who played Finnick Odair in the smash series, also tweeted his reaction. "PSH - I am genuinely shocked, saddened and speechless," the 27-year-old actor wrote. "A truly wonderful man, with a magical touch. My hero. Thoughts are with his family."
Hoffman first appeared as Plutarch Heavensbee in 2013's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. He was set to reprise the role in the final two movies, Mockingjay, Parts 1 and 2; filming on Part 1 was largely completed, but he had about seven days left to shoot on Part 2.