NEW YORK (AP) — The family of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman says his death is "a tragic and sudden loss."
The 46-year-old actor was found dead Sunday in his New York City apartment.
"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone," the statement reads. "This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers."
Hoffman made his career mostly as a character actor, and he was one of the most prolific in the business.
The stage-trained actor's rumpled naturalism made him one of the most admired performers of his generation. He was nominated for Academy Awards four times and won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote."
He leaves behind his partner of 15 years, Mimi O'Donnell, and their three children.
Here is my questions:
1. He died from a drug overdose... exactly how is this a "sudden loss" statistically it makes perfect sense.
2. He took drugs... how is it then tragic? (All life is amazing and it is tragic when it is taken away, but we need to have some ownership in it also, if you do drugs or are destructive and you die from it, it is the price you pay for that gamble.. just saying.)
3. By using drugs are you not really asking for this type of death? It is the outcome that is expected really, the conversation should be.."Look at what can happen when you have EVERYTHING and still do DRUGS, what a waste.. not tragic but a WASTE!"
That being said, I do feel bad for the family and the children in this case (and all like it), but at what point are we as a society going to stop saying that death caused by a drug overdose of people that have so much is "tragic"? More than 8 people per 1000 die in the United States each day, many are fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters that die from many things that do not include the use of drugs, I believe that their deaths are far more tragic than the death of a person that has so much going for them from the use of drugs!
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