Hollywood stars like Tom Hanks, George Clooney and Robert De Niro have called the sudden death of Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman as “untimely” and “devastating”.
Hoffman, 46, who won an Oscar for his role in blockbuster ‘Capote’, was found dead in his New York City apartment of an apparent drug overdose on February 2.
Hoffman, considered one of the finest actors of his generation, is best known for his performances in ‘The Scent of a Woman’, ‘The Master’, ‘Moneyball’ and ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ among others.
Hanks, who starred with him in Charlie Wilson’s War’, said it was a horrible day for those who worked with Hoffman.
“This is a horrible day for those who worked with Philip. He was a giant talent. Our hearts are open for his family,” Hanks told E! News in a statement.
Clooney, who worked with Hoffman in ‘The Ides of March’, said, “There are no words. It’s just terrible.”
Veteran actor De Niro said this should not have happened.
“I’m very, very saddened by the passing of Phil. He was a wonderful actor. This is one of those times where you say ’this just shouldn’t be. He was so young and gifted and had so much going, so much to live for’ My family and I send our deepest condolences to his family,” De Niro said.
Susan Sarandon remembered the actor as “a genius, brave and sweet” man.
Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges said the industry has lost a treasure after the death of his ‘The Big Lebowski’ co-star.
“I’m so shocked, and so sad hearing of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death. I enjoyed playing with him on ‘The Big Lebowski’ He was such a wonderful guy, and so damn talented, a real treasure. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Hoffman, who played the role of chief Gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee in the final two ‘Hunger Games’ films, was mourned by the cast.
“Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now,” said a statement from Francis Lawrence, Suzanne Collins, Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik and Jennifer Lawrence on behalf of the ‘Hunger Games’ cast and crew.
“Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family.”
Most of the celebrities including Jim Carrey, Mia Farrow, Tom Hiddleston, Justin Timberlake and Ellen DeGeneres took to Twitter to express their grief.
“Dear Philip, a beautiful beautiful soul. For the most sensitive among us the noise can be too much. Bless your heart,” Carrey tweeted.
Hiddleston wrote, “Philip Seymour Hoffman. This is so unbearably.”
Farrow was grateful to the actor for giving memorable performances.
“Rest in peace Philip Seymour Hoffman. We who marvelled at each of your performances, are grateful and very very sad,” she wrote.
Channing Tatum said Hollywood lost a true genius.
“Unbelievable talent. The creative community has lost a true acting genius. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman,” he wrote.
DeGeneres posted, “Philip Seymour Hoffman was a brilliant, talented man. The news this morning is shocking and sad. My heart goes out to his loved ones.”
Russell Brand tweeted, “Love and prayers for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s family. Addiction kills, I hope all who need it have access to abstinence based recovery.”
Lena Dunham posted “Beautiful beautiful man. We have lost so much joy to something so joyless. RIP PSH.”