According to the NBC report, the diaries "reveal a man who was troubled by 'demons' and struggled to control them with Narcotics Anonymous meetings." An unnamed source quoted in the report describes the material as "stream of consciousness and difficult to follow." Another anonymous source noted that the diaries "definitely contained some soul-searching. But there is also a fair amount of rambling that doesn't make sense."
The Oscar-winning actor had long struggled with addiction and publicly acknowledged that he had undergone treatment for substance abuse problems. In 2006 for example, he told "60 Minutes" that during periods of drug and
Hoffman was found dead in his
But despite Hoffman's fame and the public's interest in his life and death, delving into such sensitive material so soon after his passing could prompt a backlash against what some people will no doubt see as an invasion of privacy.
The posthumous publication of diaries or unfinished work by public figures who died young is not uncommon: The writings of Elliott Smith and
On Twitter, immediate reactions to news of Hoffman's diaries included such sentiments as "Pretty tacky that anon police are offering news orgs Philip Seymour Hoffman's diary. He has family … that might not want it public" (@kayzee1012); "isn't publishing this simply nauseatingly intrusive?" (@tinywriterlaura); and "This is just despicable" (@carolreynolds2).