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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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31.

mercytohelp    

Must have been looking for answers

231 days ago
32.

News Flash     

Wasn't his death reported a couple days ago as a hoax? I read about it Thursday or Friday.

231 days ago
33.

Duke Steele    

Oh well. Another junkie bites the dust. Now go ahead everyone and vilify me for saying what so many are thinking but don't have the balls to say it.

231 days ago
34.

Lisa G    

My heart is broken. RIP

231 days ago
35.

Andru1981    

The good always die young...I hope his death can serve as a reminder....God bless.

231 days ago
36.

SANDIB    

never expected to see this headline. is so sad. rip.

231 days ago
37.

I dont care    

Drugs dont kill-retarded druggies. Rip

231 days ago
38.

StPeteRickster    

Kept reading about that bad batch of heroine that had fentanyl in it....

231 days ago
39.

biggbear    

Wow a truly gifted.actor ,RIP.Watch out world tha Warlock is next.

231 days ago
40.

Pyegow    

While most of you are watching Super Bowl, I'll be watching Big Lebowski, followed by Capote! He was the real deal! RIp "Her life is in your hands Dude"

231 days ago
41.

Alexkara    

I just am so sad that this happened. What a talent!! I wish people knew that drugs are so uniquely evil..they start out as an escape but become a trap of total isolation and misery !

231 days ago
42.

pkilla420    

Along came Polly was the best..."iceman..make it rain"lol..LMAO# rip

231 days ago
43.

3Storms    

I am surprised and disappointed. He had so much to live for.

231 days ago
44.

KenzieQ    

Devastating omg **** so so sad :(

231 days ago
45.

Rollsroyceaz    

He decided to leave before the Super Bowl guess he didn't like Peyton manning's sweet govt hook up on this years govt given vision and energy to get where he's at... This guy is sitting somewhere eating a cheeseburger now rest in cheeseburger land... He's not dead people

231 days ago
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