The brilliant Hollywood actor Philip Seymour Hoffman lost his battle with drug addiction over the weekend

I am deeply saddened by the news of the brilliant actor Philip Seymour Hoffman being found dead with a suspected drug overdose in his New York apartment.

I am by no means a film aficionado, but I can honestly say that any film I’ve seen in which Philip Seymour Hoffman appeared, he raised the quality of it with his sheer presence and acting skills.

It seems he has been fighting addictions since he graduated from acting school in 1989 with drug and alcohol problems. One factor I find so desperately sad is he managed to beat his addictions for the following 23 years until he relapsed in May last year. It just goes to show how powerful addiction can be, and you never truly beat it.

He deservedly won an Oscar in 2006 for his portrayal of Truman Capote in the brilliant Capote, one of my favorite films, in which he was so witty and theatrical in the lead role.

Hoffman was also nominated for 3 other Oscars and received many other accolades for his theatre work over the past 20 years.

The highly versatile actor appeared in huge blockbusters like Mission Impossible 3 and The Hunger Games trilogy, he showcased his comedy skills in The Big Lebowski and wasn’t afraid of taking on much more serious, deeper roles like The Master.

Needless to say, whatever film he appeared in, he added something extra.

He leaves behind three children Cooper, 10, Tallulah, 7 and Willa, 5 with his long term partner Mimi O’Donnell who was seen weeping at his apartment.

His family said in a statement ‘We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss’ So true.

Hollywood has lost one of its most talented stars. Farewell ‘Phil’