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.
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman raised the quality of his film "just by his presence", British actor Steve Coogan said tonight.
Speaking at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards, Coogan said: "There are actors and there are movie stars and sometimes they're both but he was an actor first and a movie star second, although he was a movie star.
"People have different opinions about actors but you wouldn't find anybody who would have a bad word to say about any of his performances, they were all incredibly nuanced."
WTF!!!!philip-seymour-hoffman-found-dead-in-his-apartment, a truly great actor... Gone.. I hope someone says hey whoop it's a hoax.. R.I.P
I see that it's not a hoax PSH is dead?condolences to his family... .Damn
Hollywood actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died after suffering an "apparent drug overdose", according to the New York Police Department.
He had admitted to struggling with drug addiction in the past but had reportedly been clean for 23 years before a relapse last year.
In a 2006 interview, he said: "I went to rehab, I got sober when I was 22 years old,"
"You get panicked... and I got panicked for my life", he added.
British actor John Hurt, who starred alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman in the 2003 film Owning Mahowny, has said the news of the actor's death had hit him "very hard".
He told the BBC: "He was a great actor, a great member of the film and theatre community. An extraordinary talent, directorially as well as an actor. He'll be greatly missed".
Reporters from local US media have posted images from what is believed to be outside actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's apartment in Manhattan.
The Medical Examiner is on scene at 35 Bethune St where Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead. Photo: Peter Gerber http://t.co/gNbtW5Emmh
Actors Mia Farrow, Andie MacDowell and comedian Ricky Gervais have said that Philip Seymour Hoffman was a "kind" and "wonderful" man, after the actor was found dead in his Manhattan apartment.
OH NO!!!!! Philip Seymour Hoffman has died. A truly kind, wonderful man and one of our greatest actors - ever
Phillip Seymour Hoffman was not only a genius actor but a kind, generous man RIP
Such shocking & sad news. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the greatest actors of a generation and a sweet, funny & humble man.
Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in the bathroom of his apartment by a screenwriter, at approximately 11:15 local time, who then called 911, The Wall Street Journal reports.
New York's Police Department is investigating, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is working to determine the exact cause of death
Actor Sean Astin and British band Duran Duran are among dozens of celebrities who have paid tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, after the actor was found dead in his Manhattan apartment.
I'm so sad 2 read about Philip Seymour Hoffman Obviously, prayers 4 his family & friends. He was a Pure Actor and I will miss his talent
Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead after suffering an "apparent drug overdose", the New York Police Department said.