Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the stars of hit Dorset movie The Boat That Rocked, has died from an “apparent drug overdose” in his New York City apartment, an NYPD spokesman said.
The 46-year-old was found dead in his bathroom in the city’s Greenwich Village area at 11.30am local time.
Awarded a best actor actor Oscar for his role in the 2005 film Capote, Seymour Hoffman checked into rehab in May for heroin use.
“He was found dead in his bathroom of an apparent drug overdose,” an NYPD spokesman said.
Seymour Hoffman played The Count in The Boat That Rocked, which was filmed around Portland and also Lyme Regis in 2008. It also starred Rhys Ifans and Bill Nighy
Speaking at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards in central London, John Hurt - who starred with Seymour Hoffman in 2003 film Owning Mahowny - said: “It’s a devastating loss. His contribution was massive.”
Comedian Ricky Gervais wrote: "Such shocking & sad news. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the greatest actors of a generation and a sweet, funny & humble man."
American singer and actress Lindsay Pearce posted: "Too many souls keep being lost to substance abuse. Thoughts to Philip Seymour Hoffman's loved ones and all affected by his loss. So sad."
Former England footballer Gary Lineker said: "Philip Seymour Hoffman's death is so sad. One of the World's greatest actors. Privileged to have seen him on Broadway. A terrible loss #RIP."