Glenn reacts to the untimely death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won a best actor Oscar in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in Capote, was found dead in his Manhattan home Sunday. Hoffman died of an apparent drug overdose.

The New York Times reports:

The death, from an apparent drug overdose, was confirmed by the police. Mr. Hoffman was found in the apartment by a friend who had become concerned after being unable to reach him. Investigators found a syringe in his arm and, nearby, an envelope containing what appeared to be heroin.

Mr. Hoffman was long known to struggle with addiction. In 2006, he said in an interview with “60 Minutes” that he had given up drugs and alcohol many years earlier, when he was 22. Last year he checked into a rehabilitation program for about 10 days after a reliance on prescription pills resulted in his briefly turning again to heroin.

“We were just talking about Philip Seymour Hoffman who tragically, tragically died of a drug overdose,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Hollywood wants to look into everybody else’s problems, and they want to solve the world’s problems. Hollywood really should focus on their problems.”

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Hoffman had long struggled with addiction, and he was believed to have been 23 years sober before relapsing last fall. As Pat explained, sometimes people just aren’t ready to accept the help they need.

“Sometimes people don’t want to be helped,” Pat said. “They have to want help.”

Glenn, who has been open about his own battle with alcoholism, explained the importance of being surrounded by positive influences.

“The media will say, ‘Oh, how could we have saved him?’ Nothing. I mean, the best thing you can do is get rid of everybody in your life that was enabling,” Glenn said. “I will tell you this: When I proposed to my wife and she said yes, Tania said, ‘You ever start drinking, I’m gone. No ifs, ands or buts. I’m gone.’”

“That’s pretty good incentive, if you care about somebody,” Pat added.

The ultimatum is not just a ‘good incentive,’ it is the ‘best thing’ someone can do for those they love. Tough love really is the only way to help the person hit true rock bottom.

“It’s the best thing… Make sure he knows quickly and clearly: I’m done with you,” Glenn said. “You want to come make up after? Fine. But show me the action. And that’s the only thing you can do.”

“Who is his agent? Because you know he made a lot of money on Hoffman. So who’s his agent? Who are the handlers? Were any of them recently saying… ‘Right now you have two choices: I either dump you or I take you to the hospital. Which is it going to be, Philip?’ And you really dump them,” Glenn explained. “And if you’re like, ‘Well, I wanted to be his friend.’ No, that’s not going to help him because he’ll never find his bottom. And maybe his bottom is going to be living underneath a bridge – one of the greatest actors to living under a bridge. Well, then that’s where he belongs so he can find he way back out… [It’s] really sad.”

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • Anonymous

    RIP Mr. Hoffman and thank you for the great performances. So much more could have been possible.

    Hollywood will mourn then line back up to cheer on and celebrate the legalization of deadly, addictive and illegal drugs.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Revan

    You cannot serve two masters.

  • Jeff Lambeau

    I like film references too. “The Master” was an incredible movie by the way. Hoffman was brilliant in it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Revan

    I never seen any of his movies.

  • Anonymous

    It’s sad. He was a talented man with a young family. He had everything to live for. Don’t do drugs.

  • Anonymous

    A dead drugged up celebrity, nothing to celebrate

  • Charles Hurst

    My question always is if these grand thinkers of evolved moral relativism are so correct then how come many are in such chaos? Like Sheen. Or Brittany Murphy. How many of these sages are in and out of rehab? If their worldview is so correct then why do they all have substance abuse problems to get through lives?

    I have stated in the past that the Progressive is usually a failure.
    That’s where the Charlie Sheen anger comes from that is exhibited by
    them. And the anti reason. How many times have you wondered how the
    Progressive can possibly look into non reality and continue to believe
    their worldview of insanity? This is why. Yes Sheen and Hoffman are
    rich. Granted. And they still failed life. Look at them. How many
    Hollywood sages of Leftist agenda have died this year? We didn’t have
    this frequency of Hollywood deaths fifty years ago. Because maybe the
    actor back then might have done things off center but they at least kept
    it to themselves. They didn’t propagate their alternative agendas.

    Of course Hollywood sides with the Leftist. For people like Hoffman to
    side with reason and morality they would have to look deep into
    themselves. They would have to judge themselves as immoral. And it is
    much easier to believe that they are just evolved–a higher level of
    thinking than the rest of us. Trust me I know–I’m in the literary field
    as a conservative writer. The Artist is usually a Left wing proponent
    that lives in chaos. Because Nietzsche moral relativism doesn’t work in
    the end–no matter whether they obtain money or not. It didn’t work for
    Nietzsche either–he died insane. If the Artist were to understand
    that you can have morality and be an Artist maybe these deaths wouldn’t
    happen so much in the media. This is what evil does in the end—it
    takes you whether you are wealthy or not. You would think that Hollywood
    would recognize this after enough of their friends passed away young.
    Unfortunately, like a five year old in a tantrum, they only scream their
    agenda with higher volume.

    Hoffman–it is a sad thing for such a talented actor to have come to this.

    Charles Hurst. Author of THE SECOND FALL. An offbeat story of Armageddon. And creator of THE RUNNINGWOLF EZINE

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    Pete Seeger died last week at 94. He lived a long and active life fighting for social justice.

    He was a communist.

  • Steve from NY

    Glenn: A strange time to die, just before S.B. kick-off. Could it be a ‘hit’ by the Scientology Leadership, upset at Mr. Hoffman’s recent work in ‘The Master?’ Maybe a little too close to home for the Scientology crowd. I’m not hearing this anywhere, which is why I think YOU should look into it. His death is too strange. He didn’t look like a strung-out heroin addict to me; aren’t most of them string-beans and weird-eyed, not pudgy and smiling like Mr. Hoffman. Hmmmm …

  • Fat Lip

    WELL one sad story prayers with his loved ones .
    On another note just think how bad things would be if our superior Government would have lost the War on Drugs Oh that border thing its under control to man we sure are lucky folks aren’t we .

  • http://www.twitter.com/foxienews Debbie aka FoxieNews

    Thank you for your classy and compassionate response, Glenn. I’ve been seeing way too many insensitive jackholes making jokes about his death, having no sympathy for him and his struggle, and even saying they don’t care that he died cuz he was a liberal. Shame on them. A human being died. That is sad.

  • Pama Bennett

    It’s just like Janis Joplin and others in the 70′s—-does no one learn anything??? These drugs are dangerous and self-destructive. And yes, where were his ‘friends’ to show him some tough love??? Sad.

  • Anonymous

    Wonderful lesson, Glenn and Stu. Most young people have never heard of…”Hitting Rock Bottom.” Alcohol and Drug abuse is considered a rite of adult passage in this country. Sadly, many will find that they have opened Pandoras box, with that first drink, or that first pill high. Many will never recover from the resultant, lifelong fight, that is addiction. God Bless you Glenn for saying what needs to be said…”Front and Center.” As a Good Book sez: “He who hath ears, let him hear..”

  • Ron Roske

    Talented, or not, the man was a druggie. Why should any greatness be recognized?

    He die pursuing something that he knew was wrong. i have no reason to wish anyone to die, but we all do. It’s just that he caused this himself and there is no one else to blame.

  • Anonymous

    Apparently there is some really lethal stuff floating around that has already resulted in deaths in several states. Besides the fact that heroin is not exactly pretty stuff, you never know what someone will sell you.

    Never got into drugs cuz I had a feeling once I started I would never stop.

  • Burleigh Mauve

    Using someone’s death as an opportunity to bash Hollywood isn’t my idea of “classy.”

  • Kate Goder

    Ok so he was a good actor with an addiction who died in away that will haunt his kids for years.CNN news stop making him into a hero for gosh sakes,we have people dying every day and not all self inflicted ,well said Glen

  • Mike Mike

    Well said.

  • Linda Z

    yeah that’s why he was found with a syringe in his arm. Get real.

  • Anonymous

    You are a complete moron

  • Anonymous

    You’re an idiot.

  • teddysmom

    I loved his body of work. I ache for his children. I will never understand the pull that drugs have but I know well the rip tide of pain they cause. I lost my brother to suicide after he became addicted to heroin. He did not want help. We were not aware of his addiction until after his death but we were not surprised because he had dabbled in drugs for decades, never in front of us. Hoffman was my favorite actor but that doesn’t matter. What matters is he is dead because the drugs steal everything in you except your drive to get more. My brother has been dead for 12 years and with every O.D. I think of him. With every teenager who just “tries” it and find themselves pulled under by it, I think of him. Mr. Hoffman’s family will never get over their loss. Neither will the thousands of families who will bury their sons, daughters, mothers and fathers. I HATE drugs. I miss my brother. For all of those saying “he was just a druggie”, I say “not to those who loved him.”

  • Joan Fisher

    I was just talking to friend about how Hollywood is touting that it is about to make a film with Harvey Weinstein and Meryl Streep in which the two have stated that they will bring the gun industry and the NRA to its’ knees and bankrupt them. Too bad Hollywood isn’t as passionate and determined to help the numerous brilliant actors and actresses who succumb to their addictions. They mourn the dead but don’t do much while the person is alive to help them seek the mental health and addiction programs necessary to at least provide these talented individuals with a chance to survive. Yes, it’s up to each individual to fight their demons but it doesn’t seem like there are enough people saying No, giving ultimatums or making a serious effort to help those who need. Glee had an opportunity to tout heroine abuse and/or the drug culture of youth via the sudden loss of its’ star – a show that took on bullying, gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals, transgenders, obesity, etc. and prided itself on promoting the social issues of the day did no service to youth by not talking straight if even in a short segment following one of their shows about drug addiction. Heroine, Cocaine and their prevalence in Hollywood seems to be the ghost in the room that no one wants to address but it’s not going away. Needles and injection forms of Cocaine are now common place not only in Hollywood, but everywhere. Still, Hollywood needs to do a better job in trying to help the stars it benefits from!

  • Anonymous

    Whydo you call others morons? Maybe the complete moron is yourself. Do you want to BLAME someone on this guy’s death from drugs? Hollywood is the mecca for illegal drugs. All those actors are not living theirown lives because they are actors, to immitate people who they are not.

  • Anonymous

    He who hath eyes, let him see what evil illegals drugs are. All junkies do it by their own choice. The only ones I pitty are the youngsters who are seduced into using drugs before they understand these things.

  • Anonymous

    That’s because hollywood is NOT reality. The actors are well paid to be someone they’re not. Their lifestyle is totall different from the average working person. All the wealth goes to their heads and they end up partying beyond their minds and even getting into political views. Aren’t we hearing enough from many of them already?

  • batmanroxus

    Addicts regularly value their addiction over their lives. That is a choice they have a right to make. You can’t save someone from themselves, and trying can also be an addiction. Let them go, they made their choice. What are you willing to die for?

  • Anonymous

    A great dope addict is more like it,didn’t respect himself or his friends and family enough.

  • Anonymous

    Hollywood is not learning from their mistakes and instead, encourages and celebrates them. It is a useless, senseless tragedy that Mr. Hoffman died. We assume it was an accident (for now).

    Classy? Probably not. Does Hollywood return to classy or business-as-usual? We’ll watch and see.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve imagined something similar. (Emphasis on *imagined*)

    It was reported a while back that Mr. Hoffman had been in a treatment center for a heroin relapse. Using that bit of information it could be natural to assume that the death was “suicide” or “accidental”? How convenient for someone who may have intended to do harm. The embedded needle was an added touch. Maybe a message being sent?

    Kind of creepy.

  • Mike Nelson

    Why should use of drugs cause greatness not to be recognized?

    Does that mean that all of the actions of persons who are not using drugs should be recognized as greatness?

    It sounds very much to me like imbecile and intrusive laws that invade privacy are the only basis for your judgement. “Reefer Madness” anyone?

  • Anonymous

    They make so much money why are they so miserable that they have to resort to drugs? Maybe the wrong peole have the money? Well God says “the rich suffer want and go hungry” if only people would put God First!

  • Eva Anderson

    Linda..look beyond the curtain..so much going on right in front of our eyes. Starting with the Illuminati ..and let me not forget MK Ultra! So much evil going on in hollywood.

  • Anonymous

    A druggie finally killing himself with drugs is not a tragedy, it is an eventuality.

  • Crassus

    Pete Seegar was a hack. He couldn’t even give a good performance on Sesame Street. At least the other great Stalinist of the 20th century, Paul Robeson, had talent.

  • Nora Halpert

    That is the height of selfishness…doing something he knows will kill him with the knowledge he has CHILDREN …. his lack of responsibility is stunning. Every person knows the consequences of hard drugs yet they do them ! Weak.

  • Nora Halpert

    I don’t care

  • Nora Halpert

    Yes, it is classy. Those Hollywood people yell about “the environment” and other issues but won’t assume any responsibility for their actions.

  • Nora Halpert

    You are the moron, Ron is right.

  • melissa

    The poor kids. I heard had kids, but until I saw picture of them, I had no idea that they were so young. Yes, it’s the height of irresponsibility and selfishness.

  • Anonymous

    It’s sad how so many great artists fall into addiction. Hoffman was among the best. Does Glenn have some insight into Hoffman’s personality or how his friends and family dealt with his problem?

  • melissa

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    I’ll be looking forward to reading your other thoughtful music critiques.

  • a disgruntled libertarian

    Neither one of you understands addiction. It’s crippling. People who are predisposed to addiction have a very very difficult time staying sober. For some it’s nearly impossible because of how the addiction has such a hold on them. If you’ve ever been close to someone with an addiction problem, you would be less inclined to say it’s selfish, weak, irresponsible, etc. Sad and self-destructive, yes. Selfish and irresponsible, no, because for some there’s just no choice other than to fall.

  • a disgruntled libertarian

    Sorry for your loss. I too lost someone but to alcohol. The substance doesn’t matter, because the addiction is the same. And it’s true – you can’t help someone who doesn’t want help. You can’t force it on them. In my case, my father tried many times to stop but he kept falling off the wagon. It eventually killed him. I HATE alcohol like you hate drugs. To some he was just a drunk, but to me he was my beloved father. He wasn’t a drunk, he was a wonderful, loving man with a serious problem he just could not overcome. Addiction is very powerful and destructive. It’s a sad sad thing too, because these addicts oftentimes are otherwise wonderful people. Wonderful people with a serious deadly problem.

  • Anonymous

    he gave up everything for what?…DRUGS….A talented loser is still a loser…

  • Anonymous

    You are correct…he was so much more to his family…too bad he didn’t care about them as much!

  • Anonymous

    Hollywood is interested in only one thing…The Bottom line…cash.

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  • Kal Boyington

    It is appointed that all must die! It is simply a matter of when, where and how, not if! Mr. Hoffman knew the risks, just as Jimmy Hendrick’s, Janis Joplin, Lindsey Lohan, all of them alive or dead. Look at Robert Downey Jr. Now a former addict, largely due to the influence and encouragement of his wife! Glenn is right, “love” should be what you fill your hearts void with, albeit God’s loves, or a spouse or partner. Hollyweird is ripe with tragic death’s and dying or dead marriages, not because they are different, but because they are a mirror of society today. Wake up people, stop the fear of facing life sober and you defeat the drug and booze problem. Our nations is sending a mixed message, it’s ok to use one drug, pot, but not another Heroin, its a billion dollar industry beer, wine and whiskey, but not cocaine, heroin or crack? You can’t have a few be “ok” and expect people to not seek out the rest of them out there. Ultimately we all die, it’s just a matter of how! For me, I’ll die clean and sober thank you!