Philip Seymour Hoffman: Acting Legend Remembered By Fans, Friends One Year After Tragic Death

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It was one year ago today that iconic actor Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away at the age of 46.

Hoffman overdosed on heroin in a Manhattan apartment that he kept in order to help him conceal his drug habit.

It's a testament to the quality of the man's work and the reputation he held in the industry, however, that one year after his tragic death, conversations about Philip Seymour Hoffman are dedicated not to the cause of his death, but to the brilliance of his life.

Today, fans and fellow actors are paying tribute to Hoffman on social media with remembrances of his finest roles and his famously kind spirit.

The most touching tribute, however, may have come the faculty and students of Fairport High School in Upstate New York, where Hoffman discovered his passion for acting.

In a tribute to Hoffman that appears in today's New York Daily News, the actor's first drama teacher describes the fondness a small community still holds for its brightest star:

"When Phil had such great success in the world, this community - this Upstate community in this frozen place up here - we shamelessly loved it," says John Baynes.

"Phil permitted us to let his reflected light make out lives brighter, and not in a condescending way, in a generous way."

The author of the piece points out that Hoffman was one of those actors that seemed to affect each of his fans differently.

Whether it was his lighthearted turn as music critic Lester Bangs in Almost Famous, or his more melancholy work in films like Boogie Nights and Magnolia, every PSH admirer seems to have a different favorite role. 

However, those who knew him best agree that the most important part Hoffman played was that of a generous, passionate soul whose love for his work and the people in his life never faltered. 

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