ACTOR’S DEATH: Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead

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Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of an apparent drug overdose, law enforcement officials said on Sunday.

The 46-year-old actor’s death was confirmed by the New York Police Department.  Police said the official cause of death will be confirmed by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

The award-winning actor was last seen alive at 8 p.m. Saturday night, according to law enforcement officials.  He was supposed to get his kids on Sunday but never showed up, according to officials.  When friends went to his home, they found him dead, officials said.

An autopsy for Hoffman’s body will be conducted on Monday, said Julie Blocker, a spokesman for the New York City’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner.

“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.  Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers,” said Philip Seymour Hoffman’s family in a statement.   His family released the statement on Sunday.