Shawn Pyfrom, an actor best known for recurring as Andrew Van De Kamp over eight seasons of Desperate Housewives, penned an open letter today on tumblr.
Inspired by the sad death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, the 27-year old said he was going “against the advice of others," but had to come out and state:
"I am an alcoholic and a drug addict."
Hoffman was found dead in his NYC apartment over the weekend, multiple bags of heroin reportedly scattered throughout and a needle in his arm.
“If these words can encourage someone to hold on to their life… to keep from ever using, or to find the strength to stop; then it’s more important that these words are shared," Pyfrom wrote.
No official cause of Hoffman's death has been revealed yet, but he may have injected himself with a deadly strain of heroin.
Continued Pyfrom, aware that his admission to have a negative effect on his acting career:
"I’ve considered what’s at stake, for myself, by sharing this – but i find myself without regard for that. i won’t allow my selfish needs to get in the way of potentially reaching another human being’s life."
Pyfrom went on to say drug "dictated" his entire life for "several years" and that he's "pulling" for anyone in a similar situation.
"I hope you can save your life," he concludes.
Read Pyfrom's full essay now and let's all shower this brave young man with support.