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Philip Seymour Hoffman

A Single Drink

Ultimately Led to Death

2/6/2014 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Philip Seymour Hoffman's recent and fatal path down the road of addiction was triggered by an innocent drink ... sources close to the actor tell TMZ.

Hoffman had been sober for 23 years prior to shooting "The Master" -- but during a wrap party in 2012, the actor succumbed to temptation ... and celebrated the movie with a drink ... which quickly became a couple of drinks.

Hoffman acknowledged to confidants ... the drinks opened the floodgates.  Addictions experts all say one drink can destroy an addict's life ... and that seems to be what happened here.

Sources tell us Hoffman didn't begin experimenting with heroin until 2013, after he had already fully fallen off the wagon. We're told he had long been curious about the drug.

It started with snorting -- and last May, he quickly checked into rehab because he was terrified it would escalate to IV use ... which it eventually did.

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DirkDiggler    

Stupid ass! "Experimenting" with Horse....Now his kids have no father. Smh

209 days ago
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ann hoffman    

Most of you guys are so great but seriously Harvey some of your staff are so, Hmmmmm not educated AT ALL (stupid) Geeeeez !!!!!! Like where do you find them???? either you pay really really bad or your the nicest employer in town and find these people? Hell I dont even know where you would find them...Its like your own WHACK PACK

209 days ago
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just4joj    

Galatians 5:19 "The acts of the sinful nature are obvious:......................drunkenness...........,that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. " READ it all.

209 days ago
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Randall     

Found him with a needle in his arm and a DRINIK killed him? Hummmm ?

209 days ago
140.

Randall     

They found him with a needle in his arm and a one drink killed him? Do they think we are really that stupid?

Hummmm ?!

209 days ago
141.

Markus    

Uh ya, I suppose that #1,000 began with #1 - TMZ is shilling for AA now? All so retarded, his wife abandoned him - should have Baker acted him if she was concerned enough to shove him out of the house.

209 days ago
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Snow    

That's really sad. So basically he was an inexperienced heroin user and didn't know wth was too much, and probably what wasn't the really dangerous stuff. Not that all of it isn't dangerous. The only way I can understand this is for those of us on a diet who go full fledged crazy stuffing ourselves with carbs when we fall off the wagon...

209 days ago
143.

Jason    

Way to lay a guilt bomb on the people drinking with him

209 days ago
144.

pyarb    

Okay, i seriously created an account just for this. But if you are not an alcoholic or an addict, then do not post pretending you know what you are talking about. And, to whoever feel tjat they are blameless enough to post bible verses about who will inherit the kingdom of god, try reading that entire verse and if you are capable of taking an honest look at yourself, you will find yourself in it. Its time we use the bible for what it is meant for; a mirror to look at ourselves, not a window to judge others through.

209 days ago
145.

Terry    

Enough - he's dead and gone. NEXT.
NYPD chasing down the dealer? Good news is that MAYBE they will catch the dealer that sold to all the other "non-celebrity" users.

209 days ago
146.

MICKEY    

When I got clean many years ago my sponser told me that if you pick up again it is as if you had been using all that time that you were clean, I have seen it happen many times over the years.

209 days ago
147.

Bleu    

Let's stop making excuses for this junkie.....we have kids to teach and trying to wash over what he was is a DRUG ADDICT thats had more opportunities then the average dope feine! He choose his course and i'm tired of hearing about this JUNKIE!

209 days ago
148.

Pup    

He is Dead ,He Overdosed He was A drug addict, get Over it , Paul walker is DEAD He got in the car with an IDIOT!!!

209 days ago
149.

Carlos Leal    

Addiction of alcohol and leading to other stuff is 'The Worst Evi There is ' . It's slimy-like a posionous snake...but it destroys and kills.

209 days ago
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nospin_ron    

The disease of addiction is very mysterious. Most people think of it as a character defect or a lack of discipline. It goes much deeper than that. The most powerful symptom is that the addict is always in denial. To everyone else the problem is obvious. In early stages the addict thinks that he does not have any problem.

209 days ago
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