Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead in his Manhattan apartment after an apparent drug overdose.

The Hollywood star, who won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the 2005 film Capote, was 46 years old.

The father-of-three was found dead with a needle in his arm, according to law enforcement sources. Speaking on condition of anonymity, two officials said small envelopes they suspect contained heroin were found in the apartment.

Police were called by a friend of the actor to his home in the city’s Greenwich Village area at 11.30am local time, a spokesman for the NYPD said.

The actor John Hurt – who starred with Seymour Hoffman in 2003 film Owning Mahowny – said: “It’s a devastating loss. His contribution was massive.”

Hoffman’s other film credits included The Big Lebowski, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Mission: Impossible III, and The Talented Mr Ripley.

Last year he revealed he was forced to check himself into rehab after taking prescription pills and snorting heroin, having managed to stay clean for 23 years.

He reportedly admitted he “started off taking prescription pills which escalated to snorting heroin”.

The star was apparently concerned he was about to lose control and so checked himself into a detox facility on the East Coast.

On leaving the centre after 10 days, Hoffman credited “a great group of friends and family” for the support and encouragement to get help.

Born in 1967, in Fairport, New York, Hoffman became involved in acting at high school… see more

source: skynews