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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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61.

Squatting Thunder    

I'll never understand why these successful people even turn to drugs in the first place. What a waste .

229 days ago
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EnquirerLover    

Another one bites the dust!

TMZ. Hollywoods daily obituary page.

229 days ago
63.

marmar    

RIP GOOD ACTOR

229 days ago
64.

Mon    

So sad! Shame it wasn't Bieber!

229 days ago
65.

drake    

That is truly heartbreaking. What a brilliant actor, what an incredible loss. You will be missed sir.

229 days ago
66.

Miss Bu    

sad sad sad what a great actor

229 days ago
67.

Angie    

I'm in shock. What a great man and actor.

229 days ago
68.

DirkDiggler    

Great actor! So much to offer.....This is a hell of shame.

229 days ago
69.

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

229 days ago
70.

liz    

Sad...drugs will kill ya kids...& you never know when it will kill you...you don't see 80 year old addicts!

229 days ago
71.

Mikey    

Drugs are cool.

229 days ago
72.

Rodney    

What a dork, see ya fatso!

229 days ago
73.

billy    

What!! He was a brilliant actor this is so sad, but it's crazy how the majority of celebrities die from drug overdose... hummmm!! Two more will follow it comes in threes R.I.P

229 days ago
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lookItsMegRyan    

Bummer.

229 days ago
75.

dropped    

Drug overdose... I don't think anyone who knew the man is surprised.

229 days ago
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