Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in New York apartment

His body was found dead in the bathroom of his home in West Village, near Manhattan, by David Katz around 11:15 a.m, the Wall Street Journal reports.

According to preliminary findings, the actor may have succumbed to a heroin overdose as a syringe was found near his body.

“It’s pretty apparent that it was an overdose,” an official told the NYT. “The syringe was in his arm.”

The New York City Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

In May 2013 he entered rehab for abusing substances including heroin. He had experienced problems with drugs during his youth, and he confided last year that he had relapsed after 23 years.

In 2006, Philip Seymour Hoffman received the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Actor for his performance as Truman Capote in the eponymous biopic which he was also produced.

Fans of the actor are in shock. In Hollywood celebrities paid tribute on Twitter.

Busy Philipps: “So sad to hear Philip Seymour Hoffman Rest in peace.”

Ellen DeGeneres: Philip Seymour Hoffman was a brilliant, talented man. The news this morning is shocking and sad. My heart goes out to his loved ones.

ChelseaClinton: Very sad to read of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s passing. Keeping his family & friends in my thoughts.

Justin Timberlake: Just hearing about Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Devastating. What an amazingly gifted actor. RIP

Jim Carrey: Dear Philip, a beautiful beautiful soul. For the most sensitive among us the noise can be too much. Bless your heart. ;^{

Zach Braff: Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of the greatest actors of our lifetime.

Whoopi Goldberg: WTF!!!!philip-seymour-hoffman-found-dead-in-his-apartment, a truly great actor… Gone.. I hope someone says hey whoop it’s a hoax..

Steve Martin: Shocked to hear of Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s death. If you missed him as Willy Loman, you missed a Willy Loman for all time.

Elijah Wood: heartbroken and shocked. what a true loss. rest in peace, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Evan Rachel Wood: I am sad on so many levels about the loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the greats. Losing him this way is absolutely tragic.