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No, Hoffman, who was without question one of the greatest actors of our time, missed the second half of a life that, by appearances at least, seemed to be better than most.
Bruce Weber writing for the New York Times:
Philip Seymour Hoffman, perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation, who gave three-dimensional nuance to a wide range of sidekicks, villains and leading men on screen and embraced some of the theater’s most burdensome roles on Broadway, died on Sunday at an apartment in Greenwich Village he was renting as an office. He was 46.
The death, from an apparent drug overdose, was confirmed by the police. Mr. Hoffman was found in the apartment by a friend who had become concerned after being unable to reach him. Investigators found a syringe in his arm and, nearby, an envelope containing what appeared to be heroin.
Mr. Hoffman was long known to struggle with addiction. In 2006, he said in an interview with “60 Minutes” that he had given up drugs and alcohol many years earlier, when he was 22. Last year he checked into a rehabilitation program for about 10 days after a reliance on prescription pills resulted in his briefly turning again to heroin.
If you are anything like a certain regular guy who happened to have Denver by six, the game may have seemed reason enough to get stoned (especially after having to sit through that completely gay Halftime presentation and a litany of ridiculous over-priced commercials). But ultimately I found things to live for.
Hoffman’s death on the most important day of what is perhaps America’s most frivolous pastime does kind of put things in perspective, though. So often we seek, through diversion, to escape things that mean very little, while taking for granted those for which life would be meaningless without. Hoffman had three beautiful children.
The Super Bowl or even the whole 2013 NFL season probably didn’t hurt too many people; a little frivolity, held in proper perspective, never hurt anyone.
But drugs—and I mean ALL drugs—something so many libertarians and liberals are presently lobbying to have legalized, are a selfish vice that strips our society of its soul. And, ultimately, our most precious commodity.
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