Hollywood mourned the sudden loss of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Sunday due to an alleged heroin overdose, and his “Hunger Games” co-stars are no exception.
Following a heartfelt statement from the 46-year-old actor’s girlfriend Mimi O’Donnell, the cast and crew of “The Hunger Games” franchise, including the saga’s star, Jennifer Lawrence, released a statement regarding the loss of their co-star Monday. “Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now,” said the statement on behalf of Lawrence, director Francis Lawrence, and the series author, Suzanne Collins, adding, “Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest condolences go out to his family.”
Lawrence isn’t the only “Hunger Games” film star to publicly mourn the late actor. Sam Clafin, who plays "Hunger Games" champion Finnick Odair, also spoke out regarding his co-star's passing Sunday. “PSH- I am genuinely shocked, saddened and speechless,” posted the native UK actor on his official Twitter account, adding, “A truly wonderful man, with a magical touch. My hero. Thoughts are with his family."
The studio behind the blockbuster series, Lionsgate Films, have also shared their thoughts on Hoffman, who portrayed head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” the 2013 film adaptation of the best-selling, young-adult novel of the same name. “Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation,” said the studio. “We’re very fortunate that he graced our ‘Hunger Games’ family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy…”
Metro reported Sunday that Hoffman had just seven days left on set to complete his portion of the film saga’s last installment, but that his passing would not alter the two upcoming film’s release dates. According to recent speculation, Hoffman’s remaing scene(s) will be rewritten to accommodate his passing. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” is due in theaters on Nov. 21, 2014. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2” is due in November 2015.
TMZ first reported Sunday that Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment of an apparent drug overdose. The actor, who won a Best Actor Oscar for the 2005 biographical drama “Capote,” was reportedly found with a “needle sticking out of his left arm” and surrounded by approximately 50 bags of heroin. According to a report from Radar Online, Hoffman reportedly spent up to $10,000 per month on heroin and the prescription drug Oxycontin prior to his death.
Hoffman’s official autopsy is expected to be completely Monday. He is survived by his three children, Cooper, 10, Tallulah, 7, and Willa, 5.