Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of an apparent drug overdose inside the actor’s Greenwich Village apartment on Sunday. According to New York police, he was discovered by a business associate in his bathroom with a hypodermic needle stuck in his arm. The Capote actor was 46.
The talented and versatile actor was famous for portraying Truman Capote, as well as starring in the films The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Charlie Wilson’s War, and Boogie Nights.
The actor had an on/off struggle with drugs. Soon after Hoffman graduated from New York University in 1989, he checked himself into a rehabilitation program for alcohol and drug addiction. In 2006, he admitted on 60 Minutes that he had a substance abuse problem, but got sober in rehab. “It was anything I could get my hands on,” Hoffman said. “I liked it all.” Last year the actor reportedly checked himself into rehab for 10 days after relapsing in 2012.
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone,” Hoffman’s family said in a statement. “Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”
Rest in peace, Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Oh, well get ready for the waterworks.
This wonderful tribute video to Colonel Meow was shared on his YouTube page.
Many condolences to his Slave Beast. We send her good thoughts and wishes during this difficult time. It’s always hard losing a friend.
Some sad news today in the internet world as we learn that the ever-fluffy and stern-looking cat named Colonel Meow has passed away.
In his lifetime, Colonel Meow brought much joy to his minions, his caretakers (aka Slave Beast, the one who gives food), and the many people on the internet who giggled at this adorable creature’s face. He also holds the Guinness World Record for Longest Cat Hair.
From the Colonel Meow Facebook page:
Colonel Meow passed away yesterday evening. I will post more about the details when I’ve had a few days to grieve. Thank you so much for your understanding, Minions. Your love and support has meant the world to us both. -Slave Beast
Rest in peace, Colonel Meow. We hope that you’re sipping on Kitty Scotch somewhere up in Kitty Heaven.
The man behind YouCanPlayThis.com, a site dedicated to showing gamers how to buy and play imported consoles and video games, committed suicide this Thursday. He was 42.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to me if not many readers of NitK knew who was. Most who did know him, however, probably know him from his days at Channel Awesome, or the That Guy With The Glasses site. Justin Carmical, or JewWario as he was affectionately called by his fans, was a very big and knowledgeable guy who dealt with imported video games. He’d teach gamers like me and so many others about gaming treasures that we most likely knew nothing of. Having import video gaming as a hobby can be quite difficult, and before JewWario, it was hard to even know where to begin, at least for me. He got me interested in Famicoms, Japanese games that were never released in North America, and lots more when it came to such a niche section of gaming.
I drifted away from the Channel Awesome site a few years ago, but the news of his death still shocked me. My sympathies are with his family and friends, and I hope the work he’s done to teach gamers all sorts of great stuff, his humor, and he himself will never be forgotten. Sometimes the people who bring us the most joy leave us much too soon.
Rest In Peace, JewWario.
Some heartbreaking news coming out of Penfield, NY on Monday after it was reported that an 8-year-old boy died in a fire in a trailer after alerting six of his family members and attempting to rescue his disabled uncle.
Tyler Doohan was staying in his grandfather’s trailer for a sleepover Monday night since school was cancelled on Monday for the MLK holiday. The trailer in the mobile home park reportedly was overcrowded and deemed unlivable on more than one occasion. The trailer, however, was a place of refuge for those in Doohan’s family who were attempting to “get back on their feet.”
Officials so far have said that the cause of the fire was most likely faulty wiring at the front of the trailer. Tyler was the first to wake up and alerted his grandmother, aunt and cousins. He attempted to go back for his uncle, who used a wheelchair and crutches to get around after losing a part of his leg from a previous incident. Authorities say that Tyler’s body was found on the floor next to his uncle’s.
It’s an incredibly tragic story of a young boy who heroically gave his life to save his family.
Shannon McKarney, a digital consultant in Toronto, happened upon the Twitter account of Amanda who learned she had brain cancer last year. Shannon was so moved that she threaded the tweets together from the start of her account in 2009 to the very end. It was such a touching progression as Amanda lived out the last of her days to the greatest extent that she could. If there’s one thing to take away, it’s that life is short. Treat each other well and enjoy the good, the bad, and the ugly out of your life.
I’m sorry for the impending tears trying to make their way out of your eyes.
An incredibly sad and heroic story comes out of Pakistan today as news of a 15-year-old boy emerges who gave his life when he threw himself on a suicide bomber and shielded those at his school from the blast.
Aitzaz Hasan, a boy that many say was a brave and good student, was hanging out with a group of his friends outside of school early Monday in the Hangu area when he spotted a man wearing a vest with explosives. Despite pleas from his friends, Hasan went and confronted the man, preventing him from getting closer to the school. Witnesses say that Hasan captured the bomber, who then detonated the bomb, killing both himself and Hasan.
Many in Pakistan are calling for Hasan to receive an award normally reserved for soldiers, one of the army’s highest honors. ”We the citizens believe that State of Pk must award Nishan-i-Haider to Pk’s brave son Shaheed Aitezaz,” journalist Nasim Zehra tweeted on Thursday.
“My son made his mother cry, but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children,” said Hasan’s father, Mujahid Ali. In an interview with Pakistan’s Express Tribune, his father also said, “I am ready to sacrifice my second son for Pakistan as well. There are a handful of people in the world who are martyrs; I am now one of those proud fathers whose son is amongst them.”
The Hangu area in Pakistan is close to the semi-autonomous tribal regions, which have a strong Taliban and al-Qaeda presence and is known for sectarian violence against Shia Muslims.
Nearly 2,000 people were in attendance at the school that day. Aitzaz Hasan is definitely a hero that deserves every bit of praise and recognition that could possibly be given him for this ultimate sacrifice.