I said to my husband, I just can't believe it! This guy was so phenomenal...he had the admiration of his peers, an academy award, so many nominations. But I know that means nothing if you are haunted by inner demons. And he was so good that one has to think that there had to be so much pressure on him to be continually phenomenal with every role. That expectation had to take a toll.
I remember last year when there were news reports that he had went into rehab...that he had snorted heroin 3 or 4 times, and he realized he had better go into rehab before it got worse. I had been surprised by that news, but was so glad he gotten help. At that time, I don't remember there having been reports of his former struggle (up until his early 20's) with addiction.
I have been reading articles on him all night, and their reader comments. Articles quote this one and that one with our modern day form of condolence--the Twitter tweet of sorrow. No article that I've seen, however, has quoted Jim Carrey's tweet, which I think is probably the most accurate one of them all:
"Dear Philip, a beautiful beautiful soul.
For the most sensitive among us the noise can be too much.
Bless your heart."
Article link below from the New York Times:
and another great one from "The New Yorker":