01:14 PM EDT 08/23/2014
Originally posted 02/08/2014 12:00PM
In a column filled with fiery criticism, British comedian Russell Brand partly blames drug laws and society's treatment of addiction for the apparent overdose death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Writing in the U.K.'s The Guardian Brand, 38, a recovering addict himself, decries celebrity culture and media seeking to popularize a star's public fall from grace, but argues that drug prohibition and the criminalization of drugs exacerbate the problem.
"Philip Seymour Hoffman's death is a reminder, though, that addiction is indiscriminate. That it is sad, irrational and hard to understand," Brand writes.
Originally posted 02/08/2014 09:30AM
It's been a particularly trying week for PEOPLE readers, with several sad stories leading the way in the news – in particular, of course, the tragic death of renowned actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Originally posted 02/07/2014 06:00PM
The priest who advised Philip Seymour Hoffman on his role as Father Flynn in the movie Doubt presided at the actor's funeral Mass Friday.
Originally posted 02/07/2014 11:40AM
Devastated friends and family said goodbye to Philip Seymour Hoffman at his funeral in New York on Friday, remembering a giant of an actor who delivered searing performances on stage and on screen – but who, it appears, tragically died of a drug overdose after relapsing following decades of sobriety.
Originally posted 02/07/2014 06:30AM
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who fiercely protected his private life, will be mourned behind closed doors.
Originally posted 02/06/2014 04:45PM
Aaron Sorkin believes that through Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic death, the late actor has saved the lives of 10 drug addicts.
Originally posted 02/06/2014 06:00AM
While three of four people arrested amid the investigation of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death were arraigned on drug charges, the New York theater community mourned the actor with a dimming of Broadway's marquee lights and a candlelight vigil.
The vigil Wednesday night was held outside the 90-seat home of the LAByrinth Theatre Company, where Hoffman had long been a member. And at 7:45 p.m., Broadway's lights turned off for a minute.
"We come together tonight in a spirit of terrible mourning and incredible loss," the Rev. Jim Martin, a Jesuit priest and LAByrinth member, told the crowd of about 200 people who stood in a chilly drizzle. "But we also come together to celebrate a remarkable life."
Originally posted 02/05/2014 07:00PM
Two days after being found dead of an apparent heroin overdose, Philip Seymour Hoffman was remembered by his fellow actors with great admiration Tuesday during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California.
Jared Leto described Hoffman as "a brave and fearless genius" after accepting one of the festival's Virtuoso Awards, which he dedicated to Hoffman.
"Someone who was a compass for us all, and someone who will really be missed," Leto said when answering questions about his Academy-Award-nominated role in Dallas Buyer's Club.
Originally posted 02/05/2014 11:00AM
The Oscar-winning actor loses his battle with addiction and his loved ones are left searching for answers – be the first to read this week's cover story
Originally posted 02/05/2014 01:15PM
Philip Seymour Hoffman's autopsy is inconclusive, and more tests will be needed to determine what caused his death, the New York City medical examiner's office announced Wednesday.
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