Local writer denies he's Philip Seymour Hoffman's gay lover

Philip Seymour Hoffman's death at 46 comes on the heels of a rash of overdoses from a potent form of tainted heroin in Western Pennsylvania. Twenty-two Pittsburgh-area residents have died in recent weeks in what the city's medical examiner is calling "a public health crisis." (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

UPDATE: David Bar Katz talked to the New York Daily News, denying he ever spoke with the National Enquirer. A friend told the Daily News for Katz that he planned to take legal action.

David Bar Katz, the locally-born writer who found Philip Seymour Hoffman's body, gave an interview to the National Enquirer claming he was the late actor's gay lover.

Katz found Hoffman's body on Sunday in the Oscar-winner's Manhattan apartment.

While the National Enquirer story is not online, the Daily Mail quotes Katz's interview. "We were homosexual lovers. We had a relationship."

Another Enquirer source claims that Hoffman's relationship with Katz, along with his drug use, drove a wedge between the "Capote" star and his longtime girlfriend Mimi O'Donnell.

I tried to reach out to Katz, but have not heard back. Katz's father, Harry Jay Katz, was blind-sided when I sent him the piece, saying "I can't f----- believe it!" via e-mail.

Later, Harry Jay Katz rebuffed the claims, "There is NO way that the story about David is true. NO WAY AT ALL. He's a very private person and was a PR guy in NYC for years - particularly doing "damage control" for celebs. He would NEVER grant an interview like that. It's bull s---, Molly. 100% bull s---. A lie. Simply a horrendous, disgusting lie."

In an earlier interview Harry Jay Katz told me the last time he saw Hoffman was at his grandson's bris.

David Katz worked closely with Hoffman at New York City's Labyrinth Theater Company, an off-Broadway company where Hoffman had previously served as artistic director. Hoffman directed Katz's plays "Oh, the Power" in 2010 and "Ask/Tell" in 2011, through Labyrinth's Barn series.