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Dennis: Hoffman Death Breaks Heart

Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in “Capote,” was found dead Sunday in his New York apartment. He was 46. Story here. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s death this past weekend broke America’s heart. His brilliant performances, delivered on stage and screen, are measured in visceral life-moments rather than as memorized lines from a story. Above and beyond the well-developed and compellingly crafted characters whom he played, Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s personal life had a tragically seductive end to it  - the magnetic pull of a person needing more. This is why his death breaks our collective hearts. His end immediately reminds too many of us of our own drug-related losses – shortened lives of loved ones, never to be lived out in full/Dennis Mansfield. More here.  

Question: Have you lost a family member or close friend to drugs?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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