Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in NYC Apartment: How His Death Will Affect 'The Hunger Games?
By Jesselle Maminta | February 3, 2014 11:08 AM EST
Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead inside his apartment in New York City. But how will this affect "The Hunger Games," especially now that production for the first of the two-part "Mockingjay" episode is now in full swing?
The 46-year-old actor was found alone and unconscious inside his Manhattan apartment on Sunday, Feb. 2. A medical examination is yet to be done on his remains, but police says Hoffman's death is an apparent case of drug overdose.
According to E! Online, Hoffman had a history of substance abuse in the past, and was declared free from it for 23 years before having a relapse in 2012. In May 2013 he underwent a ten-day detoxification program at a facility "somewhere in the East Coast."
Celebrities and fans have already expressed their condolences over Hoffman's death; but fans are wondering what will it be now for "The Hunger Games" now that the actor who plays Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee is gone.
A source told various entertainment news outlets that Hoffman's passing will not affect the two-part "Mockingjay," which is now in its post-production stage. His work on Part I is "substantially complete," while he still has one week left for the filming of his part in Part II.
The two films will also push through with its scheduled release dates -- Nov. 21, 2014, and Nov. 20, 2015, respectively -- despite his demise.
Lionsgate, the production outfit behind the "Hunger Games" franchise has expressed its sympathy over the passing of Hoffman.
"Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation," said a representative for Lionsgate in a statement. "We're very fortunate that he graced our Hunger Games family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Philip's family."
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