NEW YORK, NY – Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead today in his Manhattan apartment. He was 46.
According to authorities, it appears Hoffman died of an apparent drug overdose.
Law enforcement sources told CNN that Hoffman was discovered in dead in his bathroom with a needle in his left arm. They also found in his apartment eight empty glassine-type bags that usually contain heroin.
The bags were stamped with “Ace of Hearts” and “Ace of Spades,” street names for the heroin.
Hoffman was last seen Saturday night at around 8 and he was expected to pick up his kids on Sunday. Playwright David Katz and another person went to the apartment and discovered the body.
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving,” Hoffman’s family said in a statement. “Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”
Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 biographical film Capote, and received three Academy Award nominations as Best Supporting Actor. He also received three Tony Award nominations for his work in theater.
In 2013, he played Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games.
Hoffman began his acting career in 1991, gradually gaining recognition for his supporting work in a number of films including Scent of a Woman (1992), Twister (1996), and Boogie Nights (1997).
He appeared in such films as The Big Lebowski , Patch Adams, Magnolia, The Talented Mr. Ripley and many more.
Hoffman played the title role in Capote and won multiple acting awards including an Academy Award for Best Actor. He received another three Academy Award nominations for his supporting work in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Doubt (2008) and The Master (2012).
In 2010, Hoffman made his feature film directorial debut with Jack Goes Boating.
Hoffman was an accomplished theater actor and director as well, joining the LAByrinth Theater Company in 1995. He went on to direct and perform in numerous stage productions. His performances in three Broadway plays led to three Tony Award nominations: two for Best Leading Actor in True West (2000) and Death of a Salesman (2012); one for Best Featured Actor in Long Day’s Journey into Night (2003).
LONDON – The legendary film and stage actor Peter O’Toole has died after a long illness. He was 81.
The Irish born O’Toole’s was best known for his role in the movie ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’ He shot to stardom in the ‘60s when he got his big break after Sir David cast him as British adventured T E Lawrence.
According to his agent O’Toole died on Saturday at London’s Wellington hospital in London after a long illness. In a statement he said O’Toole was “one of a kind in the very best sense and a giant in his field.”
He received an honorary Oscar in 2003, but initially refused to accept the award. In a letter addressed to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences he told the Academy to wait until he was 80 since he was still in the game and might just win the “bugger.”
O’Toole was nominated a total of eight times in the past.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – HGTV home-improvement show “Curb Appeal” co-host Bill Beckwith died Monday night when his motorcycle collided with a vehicle in a San Francisco neighborhood. He was 38.
In an email HGTV said, “The HGTV family is deeply saddened by Bill’s tragic death and we mourn his loss along with his many family and friends who will miss his creativity, adventurous spirit and general love of life.”
On Tuesday the show posted on their Facebook page, “Bill was truly a beloved and respected member of our Curb Appeal family and this loss is devastating to us. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Bill’s family.”
Beckwith co-hosted “Curb Appeal” with John Gidding, Chip Wade and Kimberly Lacy.
LOS ANGELES, CA –Paul Walker, best known for his role as Brian O’Connor in the popular “Fast & Furious” movies, has died in a car accident in Southern California on Saturday. The actor was 40-years-old.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, two people were killed in an accident that took place at around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Santa Clarita. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
The second victim has not been identified.
Walker was a passenger in the vehicle and had just attended a charity event for his organization, Reach Out Worldwide earlier in the day.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Character actor Ed Lauter died on Wednesday at the age of 74.
Having starred in scores of movies and TV shows and a career spanning 50 years, the veteran actor is known to many movie goers and television watchers.
According to Lauter’s publicist he died of mesothelioma, which is a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure.
During the 70’s Lauter was Burt Reynold’s nemesis in The Longest Yard and he was a gas station attendant in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Family Plot.
Most recently Lauter was scheduled to play roles in several new movies including The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Becker’s Farm and The Grave all slated to be released sometime next year. It’s unclear if he completed shooting for any of those roles.
TV appearances included The Office, ER, Murder, She Wrote and The Rockford Files.
In an interview with Cinema Shock magazine in 2010 Lauter referred to himself as “turn” actor, going on to describe his characters as someone who shows up in the film and “turns” the plot in a different direction.
Young was a no-show for filming on Monday. Management contacted police to conduct a welfare check at his Los Angeles home to check on the actor.
His manager, Jonathan Baruch, confirmed that Young committed suicide.
Young starred in Disney’s ‘The Famous Jett Jackson,’ which ran from 1998 to 2001. More recently he appeared as Detective Barry Frost on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles.
TNT released a statement saying they were, “beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man. He was truly a member of our family. Lee will be cherished and remembered by all who knew and loved him, both on- and off-screen, for his positive energy, infectious smile and soulful grace. We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to his family, to his friends and, most especially, to his beloved mother.”
The Disney Channel released a statement, “Nothing any of us can say will adequately express our sadness over Lee’s untimely passing — our thoughts are with his loved ones and the many fans of his work.”
LOS ANGELES, CA – Actress Lisa Robin Kelly, best known for her role as Laurie Forman on FOX’s sitcom “That ’70s Show” has died. She was 43.
The embattled actress was experiencing legal problems on top of substance abuse. She died soon after checking herself into a rehab facility to battle her addiction problems.
“Unfortunately Lisa Robin Kelly passed away last evening. Lisa had voluntarily checked herself into a treatment facility early this week where she was battling the addiction problems that have plagued her these past few years,” her agent Craig Wyckoff said in a statement, “I spoke to her on Monday and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part of her life behind her. Last night she lost the battle.”
A cause of death has not yet been released.
In 2003 Kelly exited the FOX show “That ’70s Show” and was replaced by Christina Moore for the show’s sixth season.
Kelly remained in the headlines when in 2012 she was arrested for assaulting her husband in North Carolina.
Kelly said in an interview with “Good Morning America,” that she started struggling with alchohol after suffering through a miscarriage.
“I had lost a baby, and as a result of that, I lost everything, and I was abusing alcohol, which I no longer do,” Kelly told “Good Morning America, “With ‘That ’70s Show,’ I was guilty of the drinking problem and I ran. And I am not running from this. And I have paid my dues. And if I can make it through this, I can make it through anything.”
In June of this year Kelly was arrested for suspicion of DUI after her car stalled on the freeway in Burbank, Calif.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – Reality TV star and model Gia Allemand has died from an apparent suicide. She was 29.
Allemand was a former cast member of ABC’s “Bachelor Pad” and the 14th season of “The Bachelor.” She was also a model and girlfriend of NBA Pelican player Ryan Anderson.
According to her publicist, Allemand was rushed to University Hospital Monday night following “a serious emergency medical event.” She was immediately placed on life support.
In a statement her publicist said, “While in her residency in New Orleans on Monday night, Ms. Allemand was found by her boyfriend, NBA Basketball Player Ryan Anderson, following an apparent suicide attempt.”
Her publicist went on to say, “Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today. Ms. Allemand passed away peacefully with her mother, boyfriend, and other life-long friends by her side.”
An outpouring of emotion is hitting Twitter:
Vienna Girardi, who won season 14 of “The Bachelor” tweeted “Gia you are my angel! You changed so many lives with your beautiful soul and will be missed and loved forever”
Jake Pavelka, who appeared on the “Bachelor” tweeted: “I had to pull over, I can’t stop crying. We have lost an angel.”
Jenna Burke, who was a contestant on “The Bachelor” during season 16 tweeted: “We lost a loved one but heaven gained an angel I will miss you sweet Gia Allemand. You will always be in our hearts and thoughts. [Heart] You”
Sean Lowe from “The Bachelor” season 17 tweeted, “My prayers go out to @GiaAllemand ‘s family during this time. Life on earth is but a vapor and she’s with our Lord now.”
DOHAR, QATAR –Christian Benitez, Ecuador’s top scorer from last year died suddenly on Monday at the age of 27.
The striker popularly known as ‘Chucho’ died in the Qatari capital Doha, only a day after his first game for El Jaish.
Benitez was considered an important component of Ecuadorian side bidding to reach next year’s finals in Brazil.
He was ranked the third highest scorer for Ecuador’s national team, with 24 international goals.
Benitez’s agent, Jose Chamorro, told an Ecuadorian television station that Benitez had suffered a heart attack and later died at the hospital. He was rushed to the hospital after complaining of abdominal pains.
Ecuador’s interior minister Jose Serrano tweeted, “Dear Chucho, thank you for your goals and your happiness.”
Sunderland’s Craig Gardner also wrote, “Can’t believe Christian Benitez has died. I had the pleasure to play with him. He was a top bloke. My thoughts go out to his family.”
El Jaish in a statement on their website said, “The club would like to offer its sincere condolences to the family of the player.” Continuing they wrote, “Benitez had recently joined the club from Club America for three seasons. The player participated for the first time with the team during yesterday’s match against Qatar Sports Club in the Sheikh Jassem Cup without complaining of any health problems.
“His sudden departure is a big shock for each member of the technical and administrative staff. He was a player that over the short period he was here was regarded for his high moral character.”
SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Actor Dennis Farina has died in a Scottsdale hospital today. He was 69.
According to TMZ, “Law and Order” actor Dennis Farina has died after suffering from a blood clot in his lung.
Farina, a Hollywood legend, appeared in a number of classic films and television shows. His most notable roles were Ray “Bones” Barboni in “Get Shorty,” and mobster Jimmy Serrano in “Midnight Run.”
Usually Ferina found himself portraying a police officer, or a mobster. He played both parts equally well considering his was a former Chicago police officer from 1967 until 1985.
One of his more well-known television roles was Detective Joe Fontana on “Law & Order.”
His latest TV role was in HBO’s “Luck”, which premiered in 2012.
Born in Chicago in 1944, Farina is survived by his 3 adult children from his marriage to Patricia Farina. They divorced in 1980. He has two granddaughters and four grandsons. Farina’s rep adds that he is survived by “the love of his life of 35 years, Marianne Cahill.”