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2014-02-03 19:59

New York - Prescription drugs, used syringes and 50 small bags believed to contain heroin were found in actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's apartment on Monday, a day after the 46-year-old movie star died of an apparent drug overdose, CNN reported.

Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy as they continue to investigate the death of the Oscar-winning actor, who was found with a syringe in his left arm in his New York apartment on Sunday morning.

The news has shocked Hollywood prompting several celebrities to post messages online remembering Hoffman, who won an Oscar for his role as Truman Capote in the 2005 film Capote.

"Dear Philip, a beautiful beautiful soul. For the most sensitive among us the noise can be too much. Bless your heart," actor Jim Carrey tweeted.

"Philip Seymour Hoffman - he was the best of the best - seems impossible that he's gone," actor James Franco wrote on Instagram.

"Such shocking and sad news," British comedian Ricky Gervais wrote on Facebook. "RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the greatest actors of a generation and a sweet, funny and humble man."

Before his death, Hoffman had spoken publicly about his life-long struggle with substance abuse.

The actor and father admitted in interviews to having used drugs. Media reports said he relapsed in May and sought help at a rehabilitation centre.

His most recent movies included The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, released last year; The Master, released in 2012; The Ides of March in 2011; and The Savages and Charlie Wilson's War, both in 2007.

Hoffman was working on two movies, including The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.

He also planned to direct a movie.

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