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Kevin Bacon 'heartbroken' at death of 'great talent'

Kevin Bacon, spoke very fondly about Philip Seymour Hoffman before going to watch the Super Bowl.

Bacon said the loss of the actor was: "Terrible, terrible, speechless. I am just heartbroken. You know. He was just such a great great talent. My heart goes out to his family.... We never worked together, yeah, even that I am sad about it."

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Student friend's tribute to 'hero' Philip Seymour Hoffman

Steven Schub, who shared a room with Philip Seymour Hoffman when they were both studying to become actors in New York has paid tribute to his friend and shared a picture from their student days:

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My roommate, my friend, my hero. Philip Seymour Hoffman Room 729 Weinstein Hall. Rest in Peace. I love you. http://t.co/JDQuFinMf0

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Naomie Harris: Hoffman 'an extraordinary man'

Actress Naomie Harris has paid tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman who was found dead in his New York apartment after suffering an "apparent drug overdose".

Naomie Harris at last night's 2014 London Critics' Circle Awards. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The Skyfall actress said: "That's a huge loss for everyone. He was an extraordinary and intelligent man, so it's incredibly sad, and it makes the evening all a bit more sombre now, having heard."

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Medical examiner to probe Hoffman cause of death

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died from an "apparent drug overdose" in his New York City apartment, an NYPD spokesman said.

The 46-year-old was found dead in the bathroom of his apartment at 11.30am local time (4.30pm GMT) today.

Hoffman was discovered with a syringe in his arm and "there was heroin found at the scene", the police official added. The Office of Chief Medical Examiner will investigate the exact cause of death.

Richard Pallot reports:

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Actors hail Philip Seymour Hoffman as a 'beautiful soul'

R&B star and actor Justin Timberlake said he was "devastated" by the news.

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

Comedian and actor Steve Martin paid tribute by praising Seymour Hoffman's 2012 Broadway performance in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.

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

Hollywood star Jim Carrey said:

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

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Hoffman's family 'devastated by sudden loss'

The family of Philip Seymour Hoffman have said they are "devastated" by news of his death. In a statement, they said:

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 and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.

Hoffman death hoax announced days before death

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman who has been found dead after suffering an "apparent drug overdose" Credit: PA

News of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death was first announced - erroneously - just a few days before the actor, described as "one of the greatest" of his generation, was actually dead found in his apartment.

The victim of a death hoax, grim news of his own mortality was confirmed by police in New York on Sunday evening, caused by an apparent drug overdose.

The 46-year-old's screen presence won him many admirers, with colleagues describing how his roles illuminated the pictures in which he appeared.

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