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03 February 2014
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Hunger Games star dies of apparent drug overdose just 7 days before shooting completes
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Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found dead in his New York apartment from an apparent drugs overdose.

According to the New York Post newspaper, Philip, who won an Oscar for his role in 'Capote', was found by his assistant at around 11.30 this morning in the bathroom of his apartment in Greenwich Village with a hypodermic needle still in his arm.

The assistant called police who are currently at the scene investigating what happened. An official cause of death has yet to be established. 

The star had also been nominated for three Best Supporting Actor Oscars, for roles in 'The Master', 'Doubt', and 'Charlie Wilson's War'. 

At the time of his passing, the Oscar winning star was completing filming on 'The Hunger Games, Mockingjay: Part 2', with a source telling UsMagazine.com he had just seven days of shooting left to go. 

He had also been working on a new comedy-drama TV series, 'Happyish' at the time of his passing.

Philip had struggled with substance abuse in his early career, and first went to rehab after graduating from New York University in 1989.

Speaking about his struggle he told The Guardian newspaper in 2011: "It was pretty bad, you know what I mean. And I know, deep down, I still look at the idea of drinking with the same ferocity that I did back then. It's still pretty tangible.

"I don't know, I was young, I drank too much, you know, so I stopped. ... It's not really complicated. I had no interest in drinking in moderation. And I still don't. Just because all that time's passed doesn't mean maybe it was just a phase. That's you know, that's who I am."

Philip managed to stay clean for 23 years but checked into rehab again in 2012 after using drugs again.

Photos: Bang Showbiz Entertainment, AFP, Reuters.