TODAY   |  February 03, 2014

Fellow stars pay tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman

Fans and celebrities are honoring the Oscar winner, 46, after he was found dead in his N.Y.C. home. A memorial is growing outside his apartment. The actor died of an apparent overdose. An autopsy is scheduled Monday. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren reports.

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>>> to the tragic and surprising death of one of the most talented actors in hollywood, actor philip seymour hoffman . he was just 46 years old and his body was found in his new york city home on sunday. kristen dahlgren joins us with the story. good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning, savannah. take a look, you can see a memorial growing outside philip seymour hoffman 's apartment. this was an actor who could play so many different roles, appeal to so many different people. this morning, all shock that he is gone. fans of philip seymour hoffman could only watch as new york police sealed off his greenwich village apartment. the actor, just 46, dead of an apparent drug overdose . according to police sources, hoffman was found by a friend in the bathroom.

>> he was found in a t-shirt and shorts with a needle in his left arm , and envelopes nearby that are believed to have heroin in them.

>> reporter: hoffman was known as an actor's actor, he could disappear into almost any role. from his oscar winning turn in "capote," to lester bangs in "almost famous."

>> you take drugs?

>> no.

>> smart kid.

>> reporter: he appealed to younger fans in the "hunger games." the role he was in the middle of reprizing in mocking jay parts one and two.

>> as far as we know film production says they will not delay the release of the film.

>> reporter: the actor who was also a three-time tony nominee for his work on broadway was most recently seen at sundance. but off camera, the star was fighting a battle with addiction. after more than two decades of sobriety, he reportedly relapsed and checked himself into rehab last year. in a statement, his family said, we are devastated by the loss of our beloved phil. this is a tragic and sudden loss. and we ask you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. please keep phil in your thoughts and prayers.

>> reporter: now, an autopsy is scheduled for later today. the results could take some time. celebrities have been taking to twitter to offer up their condolences, but it's important to note that around here the neighbors said he was known as a neighborhood dad. he had three kids. he was often seen here with them.

>> such a sad story. thank you for that. i think everybody who heard this news yesterday felt like a punch in the gut.

>> heartbreaking.

>> and also, what his children are left with.

>> young kids.

>> yeah. young kids who have a dad with a marvelous legacy but also a troubled one.

>> yeah. missing him for sure.