Philip Seymour Hoffman dies aged 46

The Oscar-winning actor was found dead in his Manhattan apartment, according to reports in the US media

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Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead in his Manhattan apartment, according to reports in the US media. 

The 46-year-old - who won the best actor Oscar in 2005 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote - is believed to have been found in Greenwich Village, New York, on Sunday morning. 

Although medical officials are yet to comment on the cause of his death, the actor had a history of drug abuse, with US website TMZ reporting last year that he'd been forced to check himself into rehab after taking prescription pills and snorting heroin. The confession came after a 23-year period of sobriety, with Hoffman crediting "a great group of friends and family" for helping him to recover. 

In addition to his Oscar-winning role, Hoffman had a string of critically-acclaimed film credits including appearances in The Big Lebowski, Mission Impossible III, The Talented Mr Ripley and Boogie Nights. 

His most recent role was playing head gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games trilogy opposite Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Woody Harrelson. 

Hoffman leaves behind his partner, costume designer Mimi O'Donnell, and their three children.