White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday said the death of Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was "very sad news."
The White House spokesman said he hadn't spoken to President Obama about Hoffman's death.
Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday of an apparent drug overdose. Police said they found envelopes that appeared to contain heroin in his apartment.
Hoffman won the Oscar in 2005 for playing the titular character in the biopic "Capote" and was widely heralded for his work in the films of director Paul Thomas Anderson. He was also known for his supporting roles in films like "Charlie Wilson's War," where he played a CIA agent, and cult films like "Almost Famous" and "The Big Lebowski."