I can't stop thinking about his little children. I read somewhere that he was addicted in college, got treatment and was sober for year but then fell off the wagon in May. He was open about it. He was a great talent for sure.
I heard about this on TV news. He is not an actor I am familiar with but clearly he was much loved both by family and friends and cinema goers.
It is tragic that artists of such great talent often teeter on the brink of disaster.
I have just acquired a tablet and understand - when I have learned how to use it I shall be able to stream Netflix and catch up on so many films.
Unbelievably sad -- so much talent wasted; children who not only won't have their dad but will know he died in this way...
There have been so many losses lately. I've had another; baited breath on still another ill person. Then the famous -- the Seegers and Hoffmans... Sad.
I felt such a flush of sadness when I read about this the other morning. Just terrible - I've always admired his acting. So sad.
I saw him in Charlie Wilson’s War and he was super good in his role. He was such a talented actor in films and on the stage. I wish new medicine could be developed to really stop drug addictions – he must have tried very hard to get clean but could not. It is a tragedy for his family who have lost him so soon and mostly his poor children - it is a great loss.
I have to admit I'm not aware of his work, but any death is tragic, especially one where young kids lose their parent. Addictions are so awful, we all have them, but some are so much more dangerous than others. Another sad loss.
I've always liked his acting abilities...and thought of him as a quiet human being... I feel so bad he's gone
20 clean years and bang..I just can't get him out of my mind.
We are all addicted,
I am so sorry for Philip Seymor Hoffman. How great actor he was.
Really a sad loss...
It is so disturbing that there are so many unhappy people among us. Booze, drugs, anything to "take them away" from the pain they feel...so sad.
The timing of this was so eery for me - it happened a few days after the young man I am advocating for made a suicide attempt.
He has had struggles with addictions, though nothing as heavy as heroin.
I can't help thinking there is some link with depression and creativity. I've had it, and some very creative people I know have had it. Why can some of us survive (so far) the demons and some cannot?
It's just haunting.
An actor who was genuinely brilliant at what he did. He could turn his hand to any part. He'll be missed by many. Such a tragic loss.
Addiction is a horrible thing and will impair one's judgment. You want to do the right thing but it seems that part of the brain that knows what to do is shut off and the other part takes over. This news is so sad, so tragic. Loved him in Capote and he had such a promising career. I wish his family peace.
I don't feel sorry for heroin or coke or crack or meth users. They wreak devastation on everyone's lives close to them, as well as to themselves.
There are consequences for frequent illegal drug taking actions and he paid it.
Calling it an addiction is an excuse. It's a choice, and a repeated choice at that.
Just like smokers have consequences and so do alcoholics.
What a selfish father to do that to his children. It was all about him and his wants and needs. Pathetic.
It is just sad there are no other words. And yes addiction results in selfish tragic behaviour but I do not blame the person. It is not that simple. He was ill and I wouldn't blame him anymore than I would blame someone with an illness such as diabetes or something. Fame and money do not necessarily bring happiness if there is a piece of yourself missing. Poor family. You just never know really.
Life is so terribly frail. When one is born without an off-switch to any substance- it is a lifelong battle which cannot ever be ignored. Fame and fortune are not protectors. They can even be enablers.
Name: OldOldLady Of The Hills
Location: Los Angeles, California