[Updated] Philip Seymour Hoffman dies at 46; Lionsgate, 'Hunger Games' crew release statements

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Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman who played the role of Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was found dead in his NYC apartment earlier today, February 2, 2014.

His family has released a statement:

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone,” the statement read. “This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”

He is survived by his partner Mimi O’Donnell and three children.

We are truly saddened by this news and send our love and prayers to his family and friends.

UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal reports that because most of Seymour Hoffman’s scenes were complete, director Francis Lawrence and his team are said to be confident they can complete filming without the character or the films being substantially changed.

In a statement, “Hunger Games” studio Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. called Mr. Hoffman “one of the most gifted actors of our generation” and said “we’re very fortunate that he graced our ‘Hunger Games’ family.”

UPDATE: A statement from Francis Lawrence, Suzanne Collins, Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik, and Jennifer Lawrence on behalf of the cast and crew of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1 & 2 was released additionally:

“Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now. Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family.”

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