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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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121.

nof    

Rule Of Thumb in every 12 step program:

If you go out with more than 15 years -

You go out to die.

They'll never see you again.

Even at 22, 23 years we're not safe.

Great actor, great legacy, great body of work ...

Great acting-professor, great dude.

Sad day for Dodge Hall.

200 days ago
122.

Theresa    

Oh Dear GOD... Sad... There is supposedly some real bad heroin on the streets. Wow... May you be at Peace, my film friend.

200 days ago
123.

zombie    

This is sad. I thought him to be a tremendous actor. Loved everything he was ever in.

200 days ago
124.

LunarJunk    

Wow clean for 23 years... Smh

200 days ago
125.

sophiastormy    

another actor who was a junkie... wow.. not

200 days ago
126.

Toilethead    

What a huge loss and what a huge waste of incredible talent.

200 days ago
127.

Carriejane    

DONT FEED THE TROLLS !

200 days ago
128.

WW    

I see the Scientologists finally got to him for mocking their founder in "The Master". I wouldn't put it past them, they're insane. He was a fantastic actor.

200 days ago
129.

josh     

sad another good actor died , feeling victim to drugs . dont feel sorry for the guy it was his choice to do drugs and he know the results if something gone wrong , hate people when they feel sorry for celeb. od on drugs and dont feel sorry for a normal person when they od on drugs sad . peace out

200 days ago
130.

billybob    

and he was not on my "What Celeb Do You Want To Die Next"-List. RIP.
He was brilliant in "Charlie Wilson's War"

200 days ago
131.

OK    

Addiction is a horrible thing! RIP!

200 days ago
132.

may28    

Very sad. Loved him!! Very talented

200 days ago
133.

Vic Creed    

Who?

200 days ago
134.

commonsense    

selfish dumbass - peace to his family!

200 days ago
135.

josh     

sad another good actor died , feeling victim to drugs . dont feel sorry for the guy it was his choice to do drugs and he know the results if something gone wrong , hate people when they feel sorry for celeb. od on drugs and dont feel sorry for a normal person when they od on drugs sad . peace out

200 days ago
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