Stormare mourns death of Seymour Hoffman

Swedish actor Peter Stormare said his Big Lebowski co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman was "like a sibling" as he and other Swedes in Hollywood mourned the Oscar-winning actor's unexpected death from an apparent drug overdose.

Stormare mourns death of Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman (l) worked together with Swedish actor Peter Stormare (r) in The Big Lebowski. File photos: AP

Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found dead in a Manhattan apartment late Sunday morning, police confirmed, with a needle in his arm.

The actor's death left Stormare, who starred alongside in the 1998 Cohen brothers cult classic The Big Lebowski, reeling.

"We were like siblings; this is just bloody awful," Stormare said in a statement through his Swedish manager Håkan Krantz, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Stormare, perhaps best known as the violent recluse in the Coen brothers Oscar-winning Fargo, befriended Seymour Hoffman in New York in the late 1990s.

They also shared the same manager and have stayed in touch over the years. As a result, news of Seymour Hoffman's passing has hit Stormare especially hard.

"This is worse than when James Gandolfini and Heath Ledger died. It's too hard to talk about," Stormare said in a statement.

Swedish film director Daniel Espinosa had worked with Seymour Hoffman on the upcoming film Child 44, before the actor quit the project last summer after a relapse into drug abuse.

"It was a real shame and quite tragic," Espinosa told Aftonbladet, calling the late actor an "unbelievably nice person".

"He was clearly one of the greatest talents of his generation."

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