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Philip Seymour Hoffman

DEAD of Apparent Heroin OD

Needle Found in Arm

2/2/2014 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0202_psh_splashPhilip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday in a New York City apartment of an apparent drug overdose ... TMZ has learned authorities found a needle in his arm.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the actor was found Sunday morning inside a Greenwich apartment ... and they're still on scene investigating.

Our sources say ... Hoffman was found in his bathroom in his boxer shorts, with a needle sticking out of his left arm.  We're told police found 10 glassine envelopes -- 2 of the envelopes had heroin ... the others presumably were empty.

One of the envelopes had "Ace of Spades" written on it, and another had an ace of hearts symbol -- such symbols and words are often markers from people who make heroin -- to brand it.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ...  Hoffman was supposed to pick up his kids at 9 AM Sunday but didn't show -- which was unusual for him.  A playwright and a friend became concerned, came over and found the actor alone in the apartment.

0202_APARTMENT_TMZ_WM_SPLITDetails surrounding his death are unclear ... but the actor had struggled with drug problems ... most recently checking himself into a rehab facility for heroin back in May. 

TMZ broke the story of Hoffman going to rehab.  We were told he did it as a preventative measure because he was getting close to a major relapse.  A source involved in Hoffman's treatment now tells TMZ ... the actor said at the time he was on the brink of becoming a heroin IV user and wanted to nip it in the bud before that happened.



As we previously reported ... Hoffman had been clean for 23 years but fell off the wagon in 2012.

It appears Hoffman's last interview was at the Sundance Film Festival with XiXi Yang from PopStopTV for his movie "A Wanted Man."

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Hoffman's family released a statement saying, "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support." 

Law enforcement sources tell us his autopsy will take place Monday. 

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804 COMMENTS

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136.

Matt    

But hey let's legalize drugs because there isn't anything wrong with them. We all make choices PSH made choices and it cost him his life. It happens everyday should we feel worse for him than the crack ho on the corner just because he was famous? All this false angst is pathetic.

226 days ago
137.

JonInVa    

Sorry to hear about this. He was a great actor. Also hate to say it but drugs are bad, and legalizing them is worse. People always tend to drift towards their most base passions and dependencies, so why encourage it further? Alcohol has it's own issues so why introduce another troubling drug into society based on the logic that people drink.

226 days ago
138.

Marcus    

NO SYMPATHY FOR DRUGIES! Live by drugs DIE with drugs. Rest in peace you ruined your talented life because YOU were gutless.

226 days ago
139.

namers    

Absolutely horrible.

Maybe, just maybe some young person will see their future and take another path.

R.I.P.

226 days ago
140.

Dick Clark Miss    

It wasn't the drugs, it was the homosexuality.

Thanks media for pushing the gay agenda while many people die daily from drugs & alcohol

226 days ago
141.

John Bigger    

why so sad...HE WAS A DRUG ADDICT!

226 days ago
142.

Shorty     

Omg..how tragic.. One of the great actors

226 days ago
143.

EmmaL27    

So sad. Such a great actor.

226 days ago
144.

chasewaynelee    

I hope kids realize you can't try to get high from opiates, not even once. That drug will grab you, and never let you go. Once you're hooked you will never be the same. You'll always be chasing that first high, and you'll never catch it. Even if you quit you have to battle everyday not to relapse. DO NOT try the cough sizzurp or the pills, it is NOT cool. It is only a ticket to a harder and shorter life.

226 days ago
145.

Robbie55555    

If this was legal this would have never happened!

226 days ago
146.

goosling    

Why did you take him and not Justin Beiber??!!

226 days ago
147.

Carl    

I know he did it to himself, but it still doesn't seem right that a great actor and seemingly nice guy dies like this while Justin and Lindsay keep on partying .

226 days ago
148.

Nick    

Some real ignorant pricks on here, as usual. No sympathy for a drug addict? It's a ****ing disease!

226 days ago
149.

F'U    

Wow! Another whitney houston,and michael j,sad...I mean everyone has some sort of addiction.**** some people are addicted to sugar...only difference is drug addictions usaully leads to death.

226 days ago
150.

awards    

RIP Philip! My heart to his family!

Hope he puts a word in for Lindsay, eh?

226 days ago
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