Culture ~ RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman

Many of us are mourning the death of the legendary 46-year-old director, Philip Seymour Hoffman who has influenced and shaped roles in arts, culture, film and entertainment.

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Several gathered by the apartment building in Manhattan’s West Village where Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

It came as a shock to all of us when the award winning Hollywood star was found dead after an apparent heroin overdose in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday afternoon.

The versatile actor was celebrated for his amazing performances in captivating films including: Twister (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998), Patch Adams (1998), my personal favorite The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Almost Famous (2000), Capote (2005), Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Pirate Radio (2009), an awesome one The Ides of March (2011), The Master (2012) and from the Sundance Film Festival recently God’s Pocket (2014).

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (almost completed) Photo Credit: The Guardian.

It’s interesting the things in life that bring us all together. Hoffman’s death will definitely be the subject of multiple conversations around the world for some time now. A shame really that Billy Joel‘s controversial 80s hit is true, Only the Good Die Young. This is why we have to build communities where people feel safe enough to communicate. Not AA groups or family ambushes, even if it’s one person you can rely on, it can make a difference.

I think we tend to forget the amount of pressure people deal with on a day-to-day basis. It’s hard when you feel like there is no one you can talk to. For this reason, many turn to drugs as an escape. What is it about drugs? It makes one feel free. It’s knowing that you can be in your own world, away from it all. This element despite the temporary enjoyment can ruin people though when they go too far. I’m sure loads of parents will now strive harder to stop their kids from taking ANY drugs. Not saying this to encourage but I think that life is about experiences and not addictions. The thing to remember is that everything should be done in moderation.

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