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RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman

Denver’s loss at the Super Bowl this weekend pales in comparison to another loss. The story made its rounds on social media in minutes – Philip Seymour Hoffman, only 46 years old, was found dead in his apartment of a massive heroin overdose, the needle still in his arm.

Countless tributes have been crafted and posted by renowned magazines and news outlets internationally, and we know we can’t compete. But Hoffman will be counted among the most important voices in the industry and we lost him too early. His exceptional talent makes the term

“artist” more appropriate than “actor,” and he possessed the uncanny ability to mystify audiences with any character – from the intensity of a priest accused of sexual abuse (Doubt) to the silliness of a stoner’s personal assistant (The Big Lebowski).

Hoffman was fairly clear about his history with drugs in the past. Before a brief stint in rehab last year, he had been sober since the age of 22. We may joke about stoners a lot, and post recipes about pot brownies, but heroin is different. A horse of a different color. Heroin is not something to be taken lightly. We won’t list all of the facts and figures here, but we do encourage you to check out the Drug Policy Alliance’s website for more information.

While we grieve the early loss of this great talent, we’re thankful for the time we did have to see him thrive.

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