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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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46.

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

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47.

Wellington     

How sad. He was a great actor.

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48.

IceGypsy    

Ahh No :( He was a brilliant actor. I hope that people remember him for that, and not how he went. So sad.

180 days ago
49.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

Needle in his arm??? Da faq?

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50.

Kaitlyn    

There's a lesson to be learned here Bieber.

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51.

BobbyC    

Sadly, part of what can make an actor great is also what makes them more vulnerable to the demons.

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52.

Kaitlyn    

There's a lesson to be learned here, Bieber.

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53.

DaIlluminati    

To dismiss him as just "another junkie" is wrong. Addiction is a disease and he fought it successfully for 23 years. RIP sir.

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54.

phil osopher    

This is what happens when you've been clean for decades and relapse. You think your tolerance is what it was way back when, but it isn't. What you did back then will kill you now because your tolerance is so low. Case at point, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, RIP. Very sad.

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55.

Joel    

Just wow.

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56.

Yurra Knutz    


R.I.P.

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57.

August    

ANOTHER 12-Step religious AA/NA cult TREATMENT INDUSTRY success story.....

Throw his body next to Whitney Houston's and the mountains of other 12-Step religious AA/NA cults members who have PAID BILLIONS to the 12-Step religious AA/NA cult Treatment Industry....

180 days ago
58.

emil789    

It is strange that when tragedy like this happens you won't see people insist for more harsh laws against drug dealers, but wait to see the cry out against gun owners when some shooting happens.

RIP

180 days ago
59.

Bunny Foo Foo    

RIP, Mr. Hoffman. You will remain one of my favorite actors of all time. Go easy...

180 days ago
60.

hello cleveland    

Woody Allen just breathed a sigh of relief that he was replaced in the headlines.

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