NEW YORK - Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment of an apparent drug overdose on Sunday. He was 46.
The enigmatic star, who was hailed as the finest character actor of his generation, won an Oscar in 2006 as best actor for "Capote" and was nominated for three further Academy Awards.
A substance thought to be heroin was found at the scene when police arrived at the actor's home in Manhattan's West Village after receiving a call from one of his friends.
"It appears to be an alleged overdose," a police official told AFP. The actor was found on the bathroom floor with a syringe in his arm, wearing shorts and a T-shirt.
"Two glassine envelopes contained alleged heroin," another officer said. There were no pills and no sign that the actor had been drinking.
An autopsy was due to be conducted on Hoffman's body Monday, US media reported.
Hoffman, whose two-decade career made him one of the most liked and respected actors in Hollywood, leaves behind his partner, costume designer Mimi O'Donnell, and three children.
In a brief statement, his family asked for privacy as relatives grieved their "tragic and sudden loss."