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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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Grandma Cracker    

Oh no! God, this is awful, such a waste dear man.

180 days ago
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jackmama311    

RIP, what a shame, a great actor.

180 days ago
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BobbyC    

What a shame.

180 days ago
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su    

a real talent & tragedy...RIP.

:(

180 days ago
5.

Criss    

That really sucks!

180 days ago
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tmzcommenter    

Blind Gossip had a blind about him using drugs again. It's too bad he couldn't stop using them.

180 days ago
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JiLL1    

Wow, I can't believe it. He was such an amazing actor.

180 days ago
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Randy    

Sad, loved the guy. Great actor. Will be missed.

180 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

RIP dude

180 days ago
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Truth is    

Omg...I just read Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead and it sent chills down my spine. Before and after the Grammys and Super Bowl I kept wondering who are they going to sacrifice. There's def a pattern here. Some celeb always "overdose" around this time.

180 days ago
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Rigby    

That's horrible.. But his drug addiction has always been well known.. Unfortunate loss

180 days ago
12.

RaineeDrops    

Oh no, so sad, only 46 years old, wow.

Too young

180 days ago
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Woot    

I don't care WHAT the reasons are for his death... this is a waste of damned good talent. DAMMIT!! F'n drugs!!!

180 days ago
14.

Simone    

Oh my God...I am just gutted. This guy was a genuinely special talent.

180 days ago
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meme    

Sad. He was really a gifted actor.

180 days ago
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