Philip Seymour Hoffman, George Clooney

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Philip Seymour Hoffman's former costars and celebrity friends are continuing to pay tribute to the Oscar winner in the wake of his death.

Hoffman, who was found dead in his New York City apartment Sunday, Feb. 2, was 46.

"This is a horrible day for those who worked ‎with Philip. He was a giant talent. Our hearts are open for his family," Tom Hanks, who starred with Hoffman in Charlie Wilson's War told E! News in a statement.

"There are no words. It's just terrible," George Clooney, who starred with Hoffman in The Ides of March told E! News in a statement.

"What a devastating loss," Nicole Kidman, who worked with Hoffman on Cold Mountain, said in a statement, noting that her thoughts and blessings are with his family. "He was one of the greatest actor's-actors of all time. He'd take your breath away, he was so talented."

Gwyneth Paltrow: "Ischia 1998, post dinner, post shooting...Philip was a true genius. #philipseymourhoffman," the Oscar winner wrote on Instagram.

Cameron Crowe, who directed Hoffman in Almost Famous, wrote on his website about the actor's role as Patrick Fugit's music-critic mentor, a character inspired by real-life critic Lester Bangs.

"My original take on this scene was a loud, late night pronouncement from Lester Bangs. A call to arms," Crowe wrote about one of the duo's phone conversations (the entire relationship takes place via phone). "In Phil's hands it became something different. A scene about quiet truths shared between two guys, both at the crossroads, both hurting, and both up too late. It became the soul of the movie. In between takes, Hoffman spoke to no one. He listened only to his headset, only to the words of Lester himself. (His Walkman was filled with rare Lester interviews.)

"When the scene was over, I realized that Hoffman had pulled off a magic trick. He'd leapt over the words and the script, and gone hunting for the soul and compassion of the private Lester, the one only a few of us had ever met. Suddenly the portrait was complete. The crew and I will always be grateful for that front row seat to his genius."

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lester Bangs, Almost Famous


Here's a sampling of other tributes:

Jeff Bridges "I'm so shocked, and so sad hearing of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death. I enjoyed playing with him on The Big Lebowski. He was such a wonderful guy, and so damn talented, a real treasure. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."

Robert De Niro "I'm very, very saddened by the passing of Phil. He was a wonderful actor. This is one of those times where you say 'this just shouldn't be. He was so young and gifted and had so much going, so much to live for'. My family and I send our deepest condolences to his family".

Yolanda Ross: "Today I felt the deep loss of a dear friend and a true mentor. From first meeting him at Labyrinth Theater Company and working with him on current projects his support of art from the heart never stopped.  My heart goes out to Phil's family, especially his children. I hope he's at peace."

Robin Wright "We have lost a true artist. It is a tragic loss and my thoughts and prayers are with his family."

Jessica Chastain"Phil was kind and humble. A huge talent was lost. My love and prayers go out to his family. It's so terribly sad."

Sam Claflin: "PSH - I am genuinely shocked, saddened and speechless. A truly wonderful man, with a magical touch. My hero. Thoughts are with his family."

(Originally published Feb. 2, 2014, at 2:35 p.m. PT)

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