Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman
Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment following a suspected drug overdose. Reuters

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has become the latest celebrity to pass away before reaching the peak of his career or celebrating his 50 birthday.

The critically acclaimed star's illustrious career spanned more than two decades during which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his title role performance in 2005 film Capote.

His tragic death at the age of 46 following a suspected heroin overdose is being mourned by his fans and the entertainment world.

From Whitney Houston to Marvin Gaye, IBTimes UK recalls some of celebsville's most untimely deaths.

Michael Jackson
The late king of pop died on June 25, 2009, after receiving a lethal dose of the anaesthetic propofol from Conrad Murray which led to him suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles.
Former Playboy Playmate and reality star Anna Nicole Smith died in a Florida hotel room from a overdose of prescription drugs in a February 2007. She was 39. Reuters
Marvin Gaye
Soul singer Marvin Gaye was fatally shot by his preacher father the day before his 45th birthday at the family’s Los Angeles home following a heated exchange between the pair. PR
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston was found dead on February 11, 2012 in bathtub in a Beverly Hills Hilton hotel suite. The coroner ruled that she accidentally drowned because of heart disease and chronic cocaine use. She was 48. Reuters
Paul Walker
Paul Walker, best known for playing undercover FBI agent turned street racer Brian O'Conner, died on his way to a charity event when a Porsche driven by his friend Roger Rodas span out of control and smashed into a tree before bursting into flames. He was 40.