NEW YORK -- Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday afternoon in his New York City apartment of an apparent drug overdose.

The prolific actor became a recognizable face on the big screen with a slew of iconic character rolls in films like Boogie Nights, the Big Lebowski and Almost Famous. Eventually, Hoffman garnered more starring rolls, leading to the 2006 Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of the title character in Capote.

Hoffman was also nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of Lancaster Dodd in the 2012 film The Master.

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A law enforcement official, who requested anonymity, said Hoffman was found in the bathroom with a needle in his arm, The Wall Street Journal first reported. Hoffman was reportedly found by a friend screen writer who called 911 shortly after 11 a.m. Eastern Time.

Officials told The Associated Press that glassine envelopes containing what was believed to be heroin were also found with Hoffman. Those items are being tested.

In late May, Hoffman finished a 10-day stint in a rehab program for a drug problem that included snorting heroin. He has reportedly struggled with drug abuse in the past.

Hoffman has three children, Willa, 5, Tallulah, 7, and Cooper, 10, with costume designer Mimi O'Donnell.

He most recently starred as Plutarch Heavensbee in the summer blockbuster The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. He will reprise the role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I, set for a November release. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part II is currently filming.

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