Solutions, answers, and words seem to fall short in bringing comfort like presence can. There’s nothing like knowing you’re not alone in a struggle to bring a bit of rest to a soul in turmoil.
I think that Phillip Seymour Hoffman had a way of relating to the human soul through his characters and it brought some comfort and hope to those watching. He was able to address topics and struggles that are often “unmentionable” in a realistic way; becoming a source of relief for many.
Famous people die everyday and so I’ve wondered why I and so many others wept over PSH’s death.
I think it’s because more than a man died that day. In his life, in his characters, and in his relatable presence we found hope. And we lost a little hope when he gave up on it.