'You get panicked': Philip Seymour Hoffman confessed eight years ago he went to rehab at age 22 because he feared for his life
By Heidi Parker
PUBLISHED: 17:38 EST, 2 February 2014
Eight years ago Philip Seymour Hoffman gave a revealing interview to 60 Minutes.
While talking to journalist Steve Kroft, the Capote actor - who was found dead in his New York City apartment on Sunday from an apparent drug overdose - admitted he worried about his health when doing drugs regularly in his youth.
'I was 22 and I got panicked for my life, it really was, it was just that,' the star, who died at age 46, confessed.
He knew he had a problem: Philip Seymour Hoffman told 60 Minutes in 2006 he quit drugs at age 22 because he 'panicked'
When Kroft asked the Mission: Impossible III actor if he went to rehab for drugs or alcohol, he said, 'Yeah I did all that stuff,' and he laughed.
The star then talked about actors who get famous at a younger age.
'I always think, God, I have so much empathy for these young actors that are 19 and all of a sudden they're beautiful and famous and rich,' then he stopped. 'I'm like, my God, I'd be dead.'
No boundaries: The Oscar winner said he did any drugs he could get his 'hands on'
The Moneyball actor then added: 'Nineteen, beautiful, famous and rich, that would be it, you know,' meaning he wouldn't have been able to handle it all.
'I think back at that time and think if I had the money, that kind of money,' then he trailed off as he stared at the reporter.
His first acting job was in 1991 for an episode of Law & Order. He was 24-years-old.
At the time of the sit down, Hoffman looked healthy and slimmer.
Too much: During the sit down, the Capote actor admitted if he had gotten famous at age 19 he's 'be dead'Hoffman, who has three children, was found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment - which is not far from the three-bedroom, $4.4m residence he shared with longtime girlfriend, costume designer Mimi O'Donnell.
The New York native with discovered with a needle still in his arm, according to the New York Post.
David Bar Katz, a friend of Hoffman's called 911 around 11:30 a.m. after he and a female friend found the actor in his underwear on a bathroom floor, a source told the Post.
They were checking on the Ides Of March actor after he had 'missed an appointment to pick up his three kids.'
In his apartment police had found 'five empty glassine envelopes in a garbage can, two more under the bed and one on a table in the apartment.'
A charred spoon in the kitchen sink was also discovered, according to the paper.
'He was shooting up in the bathroom,' a law-enforcement source said.
The Post also reported the envelopes 'were marked Ace of Spades, which sources said is a brand of heroin that hasn’t been seen on the streets since around 2008 in Brooklyn.'
Hoffman’s death is believed to be accidental as there was no note left behind.
Philip has in recent months been filming the Mockingjay installments of Hunger Games in Atlanta, Georgia.