8 February 2014 8:52 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

On Sunday, February 8th, 2014, Philip Seymour Hoffman died at the untimely age of 46 in his New York City apartment. It was a piece of news that carried a variance in reaction and response, due to circumstance and of course timing. There can be no doubting that the primary emotion was shock; Hoffman joined the likes of Heath Ledger, River Phoenix, and James Dean as part of a club of actors who passed on before their time and left behind a towering legacy as well as a pall of resonant sadness. An actor leaving us is the most strange of phenomenon. As participants of travails into escapism, they form an emotional and cathartic bond with us, touching ours souls, making their demise far more powerful, far more sorely felt, than anyone else save friends or family. Through their on-screen journeys and the connections they make with the film fan, they truly become friends or family. »

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