Some truly awful news to emerge this evening – Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip_Seymour_Hoffman_2011the Academy Award-winning character actor, has died at the age of 46.

According to sources, he was found in his New York apartment after an apparent drug overdose. Hoffman had been known for his struggles with drug and alcohol abuse, and had checked into rehab last year after a relapse.

Hoffman’s on-screen career astonishingly included 60 film credits to his name. Though his earlier work had included supporting roles in a wide variety of films such as Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, Twister and The Talented Mr. Ripley, it was with his lead role in Capote, wherein he portrayed famed writer Truman Capote, that he gained universal attention. Winning an Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and just about every other Best Actor award that year, he continued to shine in a further set of roles that proudly displayed his unique acting talents like Mission: Impossible III, The Boat That Rocked, The Ides of March and Moneyball. He would go on to receive three further Oscar nominations for supporting parts in Charlie Wilson’s War, Doubt and The Master.

He also made his debut as a director with 2010’s Jack Goes Boating, which he also starred in. He had been working on his directing follow-up Ezekiel Moss, which recently cast Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams in significant roles, at the time of his death.

His most recent on-screen appearance was in blockbuster The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, where he took on the role of new games-keeper Plutarch Heavensbee. He was due to reprise his role for the two-part finale Mockingjay, which is currently filming, but it is unknown if his character will be killed off or recast due to Hoffman’s passing. However, Lionsgate has just confirmed that Hoffman had substantially completed work on Part 1, due out later this year, but had seven days left on filming Part 2, out late next year. This would appear to rule out a recasting, though it opens the possibility of reshoots or slight rewriting to accommodate his absence.

He also appeared in two films that recently debuted at last month’s Sundance Film Festival, including Mad Men actor John Slattery’s directional debut God’s Pocket and the John le Carre adaptation A Most Wanted Man.

The actor is survived by his long-term partner Mimi O’Donnell and their three children, a son and two daughters.

We at Film Feeder share our deepest condolences with the friends and family of Philip Seymour Hoffman at this incredibly difficult time. He was an incredible actor, one of the best of his generation, and he will be greatly missed by an enormous legion of fans who have come to know and love him throughout his long and prosperous career.