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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman's heroin overdose leaves Class of '06 at 3

Clockwise: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Heath Ledger
Joaquin Phoenix, Terrence Howard, David Strathairn

BENNINGTON -- Oscar's Best Actor class of 2006 is down to 3 after Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the trophy for his role as "Capote," overdosed on heroin over the weekend. He was 46. Heath Ledger, nominated for "Brokeback Mountain" that year, OD'd at the age of 29 just a few weeks before he posthumously won Best Supporting Actor in '08. Hoffman was a BSA nominee that year.

The acclaimed-actor brother of a third nominee from '06 overdosed on Halloween '93.

Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2013)

Heath Ledger (1979-2008)

The surviving Best Actor nominees from 2006 are David Strathairn ("Good Night and Good Luck"), Terrence Howard ("Hustle and Flow") and Joaquin Phoenix ("Walk the Line"). 

Joaquin's older brother, River, won hearts and minds for his roles in "Stand By Me" and "The Mosquito Coast" and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" and "My Own Private Idaho" and "Running on Empty". 

It was for his performance as Danny Pope in Running that River Phoenix earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination in '88, five years before his lethal overdose at age 23.