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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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samael    

That is so sad.

210 days ago
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paul a.    

RIP.....one of America's great actors of all time! Im in shock!!!!!

210 days ago
18.

Canadasux    

Not a surprise in the least.

210 days ago
19.

Ben Caesar    

RIP. I am crying ::((((

210 days ago
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barbwire7    

How sad and shocking. PLEASE MAKE THIS STOP!

210 days ago
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BIEBER GO HOME!!! ▬(~_-)▬►    

Bieber in Two Years.......Or Less.

210 days ago
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REALbarbwire7    

So sad and shocking. An amazing actor. PLEASE make this STOP.

210 days ago
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Wow ...    

May he rip.

210 days ago
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Mumra the Ever Living    

Saw him in NYC playing Willie Loman about two years ago and he was just incredible - you just got totally lost in his in his incredible ability to make you believe. A truly protean talent that thought he could pick up and put down heroin whenever he wanted but found out too late that the drugs owned him lock, stock, and barrel.
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Now that TMZ has put up it's four sentences, I guess it's back to that lying slag Lindsay Lohan. BTW TMZ, when are you going to mention that fur coat isn't made out of fur?

210 days ago
25.

BobbyC    

Please update the headlines and stories to correct the spelling of his first name to "Philip" (not Phillip).

210 days ago
26.

News Flash     

Excellent actor . Damn.

210 days ago
27.

Janinaz    

OMG.....I am really upset right now! Great guy and great actor! From the outside, he looked like he had everything going for him! What a shame!

210 days ago
28.

Nobrows    

Sad when people with such talent harbor such demons.

210 days ago
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Hank    

Absolutely horrible news. And yet God allows others of lesser talent to continue to annoy us. RIP.

210 days ago
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Beauty    

RIP, Heavensbee.

210 days ago
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