The Fall of Giants

Even the Super Bowl was not able to overshadow the tragic and disturbing news we received this weekend.

Yesterday, widely renowned actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment. The cause of death has been linked to an apparent heroin overdose.

In a 2006 60 Minutes interview, Hoffman admitted to past struggles with drugs and alcohol. He even had a 10-day stint in rehab last year.

Hoffman at the 78th Academy Awards with his award for Best Actor. Source: post-gazette.com

Hoffman at the 78th Academy Awards with his award for Best Actor. Source: post-gazette.com

The Oscar-winner’s death has been a severe blow to Hollywood and people all over the world. In a statement to E! News, Tom Hanks said, “This is a horrible day for those who worked ‎with Philip. He was a giant talent. Our hearts are open for his family.”

Celebrities react to Hoffman's death via Twitter. Source: pop watch.ew.com, twitter.com

Celebrities react to Hoffman’s death via Twitter. Source: popwatch.ew.com, twitter.com

Hoffman joins the long list of celebrities who have died from a drug overdose.

He was not the only celebrity who was witness to a downfall this weekend, however.

On Saturday, the NY Times published an open letter from Dylan Farrow, adoptive daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, accusing the former of sexually abusing her when she was just 7 years old.

Dylan Farrow, left, and Woody Allen, right. Source: thefrisky.com

Dylan Farrow, left, and Woody Allen, right. Source: thefrisky.com

The well-written and heartbreaking letter calls many issues into question, and was written as a reaction to Allen’s Golden Globe lifetime achievement award.

The story was originally brought to light in 1992, but criminal proceedings were dropped due to a lack of evidence of abuse.

An Allen-Farrow family picture. Source: thehollywoodgossip.com

An Allen-Farrow family picture. Source: thehollywoodgossip.com

Allen has denied the allegations. In an exclusive statement to the Hollywood Reporter, a rep for Allen said, “Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful. He will be responding very soon.”

What do you think? Are the allegations true? Should Hollywood come to Dylan’s aid? Let me know what you think in the comments!

 

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