TORONTO — Actors Jared Padalecki and LeVar Burton took some heat Sunday for their tweets about the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Hoffman was found in dead in a New York City apartment of a suspected drug overdose.
Padalecki, who stars in the made-in-Vancouver series Supernatural, tweeted: “‘Sad’ isn’t the word I’d use to describe a 46 year old man throwing his life away to drugs. ‘Senseless’ is more like it. ‘Stupid’.”
After coming under fire on social media, Padalecki deleted the tweet and offered clarification.
“I didn’t mean PSH is stupid or that addiction isnt a reality. I simply meant I have a different definition of ‘tragedy,'” he tweeted.
“When I think ‘tragedy’, I think of St Judes, of genocide, of articles I read in the paper. But, yes, either way, a death, is sad.”
Burton, meanwhile, was criticized for tweeting: “Damn, #PSH was SO talented! However, if Y’all should find me dead with a needle in my arm, in my underwear … please put my pants on.!”
When one follower responded with “Not cool, dude,” Burton tweeted: “Not cool is shooting up when you got kids… #areyoukiddingme.”
Burton added: “No matter how you slice it, PSH wasted a great gift! Lash out at me if you want to… I ain’t going’ out like that!”
Here are a few of the tweets critical of Padalecki and Burton: