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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46

UPDATE  In unusual move, police have already released details on the two packets of heroin found next to Hoffman's body and how they were labeled--apparently to warn other users to stay away from them.

Earlier: Very sad.  I'd followed his career from the very beginning.  Appears now that it was a heroin overdose, with syringe even found in arm.  I wasn't aware that he'd been clean for 20 years, then went into detox last year.  Still, a tremendous shock.  He was doing best work of career, even in so-so films, right down to a recent personal favorite, A Late Quartet, as violinist playing Beethoven.  I loved the smaller, often comic, roles:  Charlie Wilson's War, as Art Howe in Moneyball, Boogie Nights.  As Lester Bangs in Almost Famous.  With so much else to hail, few will probably mention his political documentary from a decade ago, "The Last Party," see below and more here. --G.M. 

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