The film company behind The Hunger Games franchise today released this statement, concerning the recent, heartbreaking death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Academy Award winning actor and star of the newest installment of the film's franchise:

"Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation. We're very fortunate that he graced our Hunger Games family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Philip's family."

According to TheHungerGamers.net Hoffman had substantially finished work as Plutarch Heavensbee on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and only had seven remaining days to film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. TheHungerGames.net reports his death will not affect the next two films' release dates of November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015.