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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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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.

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Marcy    

Then why do we allow the sale of alcohol? At the very least, bottles should be registered and background checks done before purchase.

169 days ago
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Pettycoat4    

There is a lot of misunderstanding about the brain disease of addiction. Why some people can have some drinks, experiment with drugs in college and be fine, yet some people descend into the throws of a life and death battle. In this link, the woman is spot on and explains the disease in very understandable terms.... So if you think you know, think again http://debbiebayerblog.com/2014/02/04/phillip-seymour-hoffman-did-not-have-choice-or-free-will-and-neither-do-you/

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CRITICXTREME::    

This is damage control to get insurance money and to save face. He was a loser.

169 days ago
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Sue    

I hate Alcohal. It is a killer in more ways than one.

169 days ago
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Dorrie    

That article may save someone's life. It is so true.

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Sue    

I hate Alcohal. Its a killer in more ways than one.

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Scott    

You know what I think? He was sober for many years and then decided to live on the edge. Perhaps he wanted to go out happy. After all he was an addict all his life. He went out happy on a drug.

169 days ago
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notnnword    

Is it too late to call The Wolf to clean up this mess?

169 days ago
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marie    

Philip had an additive personality...if it was not one thing, it would be another, and from reading up on him, this is has been something that existed for a very long time. For whatever reason, within he was troubled and diseased. We can go back and forth and make attempts to figure it out....it's too late...so I hope he is now at peace.

169 days ago
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ricksp    

This is a BS attempt by PSH "friends" to whitewash the truth. In regard to drugs, PSH himself said in an interview that "I liked it all..."

169 days ago
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Jono    

Ah, the brilliant reportage of TMZ. Hoffman wasn't "curious" about heroin. He was a former heroin addict.

169 days ago
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Lori    

He'd long been "curious" about heroin? Even though it has been proven time and time again to be the MOST ADDICTIVE DRUG? Don't get me wrong... I feel very bad for his family, but Mr. Hoffman should have known that it was a stupid, dangerous move to try heroin, especially since he'd had 20+ years of sobriety under his belt. I hope his kids can at least learn from this and not repeat his mistakes.

169 days ago
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Amanda    

I just want Harvey and Charles to,know that as a former user of opiates, I know that its not just about wanting to or not to use this kind of drug once you've already started. If you stop cold turkey you can die, from being violently sick.

169 days ago
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wrkngmanbeast    

I drink ocasionally,if youre an alcoholic or an addct sux to be you end of story,and no pity party for you either.

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