New York : US actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday at his New York City apartment in Manhattan and initial reports suggest that the 46-year-old actor might have died from a drug overdose, a media report said Monday.

According to the New York Post, Hoffman’s body was found around midday Sunday in the bathroom of his apartment with a syringe still stuck in his arm and the New York Police Department is investigating the incident, while forensic specialists are trying to determine the exact cause of death. Reports are that investigators found heroin in the apartment.

The actor himself had admitted to the TMZ Web site that – whereas he had been drug-free for 23 years – a year ago he had fallen off the wagon and begun taking pills and sniffing heroin.

Scriptwriter David Katz found Hoffman’s lifeless body and called emergency services shortly before noon, sources told The Wall Street Journal.

Hoffman won the Oscar for best male actor for his role as Truman Capote in “Capote” in 2006, and he was nominated for an Academy Award three other times for “Charlie Wilson’s War” (2007), “Doubt” (2008) and “The Master” (2012). The actor and director was born July 23, 1967, in Rochester, New York, and rocketed to fame in the 1990s as one of the best character actors in U.S. film. Among the other films in which he delivered memorable performances are “Boogie Nights,” “Moneyball,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Scent of a Woman.”

Meanwhile, celebrities including Jim Carrey, Mia Farrow, Tom Hiddleston, Justin Timberlake and Ellen DeGeneres took to Twitter to express their grief. “Dear Philip, a beautiful beautiful soul. For the most sensitive among us the noise can be too much. Bless your heart,” Carrey tweeted. Hiddleston wrote, “Philip Seymour Hoffman. This is so unbearably.” Farrow was grateful to the actor for giving memorable performances. “Rest in peace Philip Seymour Hoffman. We who marvelled at each of your performances, are grateful and very very sad,” she wrote.                Channing Tatum said Hollywood lost a true genius. “Unbelievable talent. The creative community has lost a true acting genius. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman,” he wrote. DeGeneres posted,

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