I was getting ready for work yesterday morning when I turned on the radio which was tuned to NPR. The station was airing an interview it did with the incredibly talented and award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman when he was appearing on Broadway in 2012 as Willy Loman in a revival of the classic play, “Death of A Salesman.”
It was strange to hear Hoffman’s voice on the radio knowing that friends had found him Sunday in his New York apartment sadly and tragically dead of an apparent drug overdose at the young age of 46.
|Philip Seymour Hoffman
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And yet he had private inner struggles vying for attention, strong addictions that he was constantly fighting and trying to face square on. Life for Philip Seymour Hoffman was intense and beautiful and all of it had to be felt and distilled and carefully brought to each role he powerfully acted.
Nor surprisingly, he also recognized the emotional hard work of grieving and in this interview with Yahoo Movies, Hoffman talks about what grieving is and what it is not:
My thoughts and prayers are with his family and may his soul forever rest in peace.