Hunger Games cast pay tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman

4 February 2014 / 2 years 8 months ago

'The Hunger Games' cast and crew have paid tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman. 

The actor was said to be just seven days away from wrapping filming on the final part of the sci-fi film when he was found dead of an apparent drugs overdose at his home in New York yesterday (02.02.14), and a statement on behalf of the entire cast and crew has been composed by actress Jennifer Lawrence, director Francis Lawrence and author of the original 'Hunger Games' novels, Suzanne Collins.

It reads: "Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now. Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family."

The studio behind the movies, Lionsgate, has already confirmed Philip will not be replaced in his role as Plutarch Heavensbee in the final two movies, 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' parts one and two.

The studio also issued a statement about the actor's passing, calling him "a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation".

Many other actors and actresses who worked with Philip during his career have also paid tribute, including Robert De Niro, Gwyneth Paltrow, George Clooney and Jeff Bridges.

Philip is survived by his partner, Mimi O'Donnell, and their three children, Cooper, ten, Tallulah, seven, and Willa, five.

Cate Blanchett and Justin Theroux have also visited Philip Seymour Hoffman's family. 

A source told "Justin is totally broken up about losing Phil. He's doing his best to provide some comfort to Mimi and the kids. He can't believe this happened."

Although they didn't make a huge public show of their friendship, Philip had been there for Justin for many years. In 2005 he turned out in support of the actor at the premiere of his movie 'The Baxter' and in 2010 Justin appointed his friend team captain at LAByrinth Theater Company's annual Celebrity Charades benefit.

Meanwhile Australian actress Cate - who worked with Philip on 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' in 1999 - came to Mimi's house brandishing toys for the children.

Mimi had reportedly thrown Philip out of the family home late last year because of his heroin use and urged him to get sober. 

A source told the New York Post newspaper: "It was known that he was struggling to stay sober, and [Mimi] had given him some tough love and told him he needed some time away from the kids and to get straight again."

The alarm was raised when Philip didn't turn up to collect his children on Sunday. He was found by a friend, David Bar Katz and his personal assistant, Isabella Wing-Davey.

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