Monday, February 03, 2014
a haunting sadness

There is something so very very sad and deeply haunting about Philip Seymour Hoffman's sudden death.
Forty-Six years old, and a needle that had, they believe, been filled with Heroin, stuck in his arm......
And he is gone.

I didn't know him personally, but I knew people who did......
He had just been at Sundance to promote a film directed by John Slattery, (my dear friend Joyce Van Patten's son-in-law)....Slattery's first directed film----and Hoffman was great in it and was in great Health during those two weeks at Sundance-----and all through the shooting of the film, too---he was excited about the picture and proud of the work he had done in it.....
Everyone thought he was okay.
But it seems, he wasn't.

And, now, he is gone.

Such an exceptionally talented man.....
What else might he have given us?
How many performances on film and stage we
will never see now.
And he had three little children.
What happens to them now---their Daddy gone, in a second.
His significant other-----how Heartbreaking is this for her?

Drugs, and the call of them.....
Hard to understand, and yet, not......

Rest in Peace dear Philip Seymour.....
You gave so much to your life's work
and through that,
You gave so much to us.
My Heart goes out to his family and all those that loved him.

More To Come.......

had this to say:

I can't stop thinking about his little children. I read somewhere that he was addicted in college, got treatment and was sober for year but then fell off the wagon in May. He was open about it. He was a great talent for sure.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:17:00 AM PST 

Blogger Pat
had this to say:

I heard about this on TV news. He is not an actor I am familiar with but clearly he was much loved both by family and friends and cinema goers.
It is tragic that artists of such great talent often teeter on the brink of disaster.
I have just acquired a tablet and understand - when I have learned how to use it I shall be able to stream Netflix and catch up on so many films.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:08:00 AM PST 

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Unbelievably sad -- so much talent wasted; children who not only won't have their dad but will know he died in this way...

There have been so many losses lately. I've had another; baited breath on still another ill person. Then the famous -- the Seegers and Hoffmans... Sad.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 5:30:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

I felt such a flush of sadness when I read about this the other morning. Just terrible - I've always admired his acting. So sad.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 11:04:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

I saw him in Charlie Wilson’s War and he was super good in his role. He was such a talented actor in films and on the stage. I wish new medicine could be developed to really stop drug addictions – he must have tried very hard to get clean but could not. It is a tragedy for his family who have lost him so soon and mostly his poor children - it is a great loss.

Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 5:20:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

I have to admit I'm not aware of his work, but any death is tragic, especially one where young kids lose their parent. Addictions are so awful, we all have them, but some are so much more dangerous than others. Another sad loss.

Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:22:00 AM PST 

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I've always liked his acting abilities...and thought of him as a quiet human being... I feel so bad he's gone

20 clean years and bang..I just can't get him out of my mind.

Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 11:43:00 AM PST 

Anonymous Anonymous
had this to say:

We are all addicted,

Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 6:57:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I am so sorry for Philip Seymor Hoffman. How great actor he was.
Really a sad loss...

Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:55:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

It is so disturbing that there are so many unhappy people among us. Booze, drugs, anything to "take them away" from the pain they sad.

Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 6:44:00 PM PST 

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The timing of this was so eery for me - it happened a few days after the young man I am advocating for made a suicide attempt.

He has had struggles with addictions, though nothing as heavy as heroin.

I can't help thinking there is some link with depression and creativity. I've had it, and some very creative people I know have had it. Why can some of us survive (so far) the demons and some cannot?

It's just haunting.

Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:00:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

An actor who was genuinely brilliant at what he did. He could turn his hand to any part. He'll be missed by many. Such a tragic loss.

Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8:00:00 AM PST 

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Addiction is a horrible thing and will impair one's judgment. You want to do the right thing but it seems that part of the brain that knows what to do is shut off and the other part takes over. This news is so sad, so tragic. Loved him in Capote and he had such a promising career. I wish his family peace.

Monday, February 10, 2014 at 3:27:00 PM PST 

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I don't feel sorry for heroin or coke or crack or meth users. They wreak devastation on everyone's lives close to them, as well as to themselves.

There are consequences for frequent illegal drug taking actions and he paid it.

Calling it an addiction is an excuse. It's a choice, and a repeated choice at that.

Just like smokers have consequences and so do alcoholics.

What a selfish father to do that to his children. It was all about him and his wants and needs. Pathetic.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:23:00 AM PST 

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It is just sad there are no other words. And yes addiction results in selfish tragic behaviour but I do not blame the person. It is not that simple. He was ill and I wouldn't blame him anymore than I would blame someone with an illness such as diabetes or something. Fame and money do not necessarily bring happiness if there is a piece of yourself missing. Poor family. You just never know really.

Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:35:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Life is so terribly frail. When one is born without an off-switch to any substance- it is a lifelong battle which cannot ever be ignored. Fame and fortune are not protectors. They can even be enablers.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:15:00 AM PST 

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