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.
A variation 100 time more potent than heroin - laced with the painkiller Fentanyl - is causing a spike in deaths on the US East Coast.
Philip Seymour Hoffman joins a sad list of Hollywood stars whose lives were seemingly cut short by drugs, here is a look at other losses.
A look at the life and career of Philip Seymour Hoffman who has died from an "apparent drug overdose" aged 46.