Celebrities Express Sadness and Shock Over Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death

After news spread about Philip Seymour Hoffman's passing at age 46 on Sunday, stars took to social media to honor the Academy Award-winning actor. Ricky Gervais called Philip "one of the greatest actors of a generation," while celebrities like Jim Carey, Zach Braff, and Anna Kendrick shared their thoughts on the legacy he left behind.

Such shocking & sad news. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the greatest actors of a generation and a sweet, funny & humble man.

— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) February 2, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman was a brilliant, talented man. The news this morning is shocking and sad. My heart goes out to his loved ones.

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 2, 2014

Dear Philip, a beautiful beautiful soul. For the most sensitive among us the noise can be too much. Bless your heart. ;^{

— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) February 2, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of the greatest actors of our lifetime.

— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) February 2, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman. Unbearably, shockingly, deeply sad. Words fail to describe his life and our loss.

— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) February 2, 2014

OH NO!!!!! Philip Seymour Hoffman has died. A truly kind, wonderful man and one of our greatest actors - ever

— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) February 2, 2014

We lost one of the greats today. Philip Seymour Hoffman RIP my friend. You will be missed always and forever.

— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) February 2, 2014

Very sad to read of Philip Seymour Hoffman's passing. Keeping his family & friends in my thoughts.

— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 2, 2014

So increadibly sad to hear one of my favorite actors has passed. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman.

— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) February 2, 2014

Saddened by Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic and untimely passing. Today New York mourns the loss of one of stage and screen's greats.

— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) February 2, 2014

I am sad on so many levels about the loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the greats. Losing him this way is absolutely tragic.

— Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) February 2, 2014

R.I.P. Phillip Seymour you definitely touched my heart for years with your talent and sensibility One

— Michelle Rodriguez (@MRodOfficial) February 2, 2014

in shock, can't believe it. Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of the best EVER.

— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) February 2, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the most magnificent actors in the world, has died? Can't believe it

— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) February 2, 2014

This is an awful day. Rest In Peace Philip Seymour Hoffman

— Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet) February 2, 2014

I'm so gutted. Phil made it look effortless. He was a true gent. I was honoured to have watched him work.

— Nick Frost (@nickjfrost) February 2, 2014

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. You were a tremendous actor that I had always admired. Thoughts are with his friends and family.

— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) February 2, 2014