Philip Seymour Hoffman
Phillip Seymour Hoffman was only days from finishing filming on Hunger Games: Mockingjay when he died.Reuters

Update: David Bar Katz has since denied the claims and plans on sueing The National Enquirer. More on the story here.

Original story: The man who found the body of Philip Seymour Hoffman has reportedly claimed he was the Oscar-winning actor's gay lover.

David Bar Katz also told The National Enquirer that he saw Hoffman "freebasing cocaine" the night before he died.

The actor died of a suspected heroin overdose and was reportedly found with a needle in his arm.

"We were homosexual lovers. We had a relationship," said Katz, a playwright. "We were planning to go the Super Bowl together and have a really nice day. This is so terrible."

David Bar Katz
David Bar KatzWikimedia Commons

Katz also said that he never thought the actor's addiction had "reached that level".

On Monday however, Katz told the press that he had last seen Hoffman "clean and sober" the week before his death on 2 February, casting some doubt over the story's credability. 

The National Enquier are also renowned for their extreme tabloid tactics and false-reports. 

Friends of the Capote and Hunger Games star were allegedly aware that Hoffman was confused about his sexuality, thinking that it may have been the reason behind his recent split from wife Mimi O'Donnell.

Four men have been arrested in New York on suspicion of selling Hoffman heroin, by police investigating the actor's death.

It has also been reported that some 50 bags of heroin were found in his apartment following his apparent overdose.