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Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s Death – Disease or Selfish Act?

Andrew Burton Collection: Getty Images Entertainment
Andrew Burton Collection: Getty Images Entertainment

There’s a little bit of a debate going on over the death of noted actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who was found yesterday in his West Village apartment with a needle sticking out of his arm and packets of what looked like heroin nearby.

According to this report, actor Jared Padalecki tweeted how stupid and senseless Hoffman’s death was.

His tweet drew intense criticism from followers.

According to this:

“Supernatural” actor Jared Padalecki drew criticism for tweets suggesting he found Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death “stupid” and “senseless.”

“‘Sad’ isn’t the word I’d use to describe a 46-year-old man throwing his life away to drugs,” Padalecki wrote, before deleting the tweet.

“‘Senseless’ is more like it. ‘Stupid.’”

Hoffman was found dead Sunday morning on the bathroom floor of his West Village apartment with a hypodermic needle stuck in his left arm and bags of heroin strewn about his home, law enforcement sources said. He was 46.

Padalecki, 31, has since deleted the tweet, but it was picked up by Jezebel, and apparently caused enough pushback for the actor to clarify his words.

“I didnt mean PSH is stupid or that addiction isn’t a reality,” he wrote. “I simply meant I have a different definition of ‘tragedy.’”

“When I think ‘tragedy,’ I think of St. Judes, of genocide, of articles I read in the paper. But, yes, either way, a death, is sad.”

While Padalecki’s words may have rubbed some the wrong way, he wasn’t the only celebrity to address the harsh reality about the way Hoffman, 46, died.

“Drugs are f–king lame and false and take beauty away from the world,” singer Sara Bareilles wrote. “And anyone who tells you different is just plain wrong.”

“I wish more people would lose the stigma and treat addiction as the deadly and serious DISEASE that it is,” singer Demi Lovato, who doesn’t shy away from talking about her own addictions.

I would agree. A disease for which one can be treated, should one choose.

Do you believe drug addiction is a disease?

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