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Philip Seymour Hoffman

A Single Drink

Ultimately Led to Death

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

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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Too funny...all the high and mighty critics out here...make your choices, raise your children, show up to work and pay the price for freedom...but for some, that's not enough. Most brilliant minds have tortured soles. The rest of us, we'll just have to read about it...slow down your judgement, it doesn't make you better. Rest in peace young Seymour, your work lives on...

173 days ago


All the addicts on this thread can verify that PSH had made that decision to *relapse* long before he did.Addicts rationalize.....they make excuses to justify what they are doing. He was a wealthy well connected guy who had every possible resource at his finger tips to help keep him sober yet he made that decision to *fall off the wagon* knowing full well he was going to spiral straight into hell. As a Psychiatric Trauma RN I have worked with practicing addicts...recovering addicts and fully healthy recovered addicts but for the life of me I could never understand why anyone would be depraved enough to inject drugs into themselves with a syringe. He had major psychological issues quite obviously that he refused to acknowledge or deal with them and a death wish. He got what he must have wanted a permanent *time out*!

173 days ago

terry chambers    

I have the same "deathwish". Today before the cravings started I dumped an almost full 1 1/2 litre of of Black Velvet down the drain. THIS IS FOR YOU, FELLOW ALCOHOLIC -- DO THE SAME THING -- NOW!

173 days ago


He was more than stupid!

173 days ago


Why is everyone blaming the drug dealer 4 his death he didnt make him take the drugs and nobody made him drink eather Philip Seymour Hoffman did it all himself thay just sold the stuf so i think it's all his falt he's dead so blame him

173 days ago


So stupidity killed him or he was already suicidal, this is not normal behavior even for an addict.

173 days ago


This needs to be said - I hope another addict who has suffered a relapse after many years. In all these 385 comments so far, no one has considered the physical illness that killed him. Alcohol and heroin share the same brain receptor and when that receptor activates then AFTER the chemical imbalance has happened does an addict in recovery suddenly, without premeditation, take a drink. Normally the receptor shuts down after an once or so of alcohol, but alcoholics have a defective "OFF" switch that expands the receptor rather than shutting it down - until massive amounts of alcohol finally overcome the process. We have medicine that can stop cravings - even though there is still emotional and spiritual damage that has to be addresses, it is the cravings that kill. May God help us all accept this truth - and get medical treatment to stop relapse.

173 days ago


The idea that the first drink gets you drunk does a great disservice to those with an alcohol problem. It sets up the alcoholic for binge drinking. Although taking the first drink is not a terribly bright for someone that has had a problem in the past one can stop a "relapse" at any point. After the first drink he could have realized it was a stupid thing to do. The case of a heroin relapse being one exception as the first shot could be the hot shot that kills. However, if he started with alcohol he could have come to his senses at any point, but the conditioning most alcoholics sets one up for binge drinking at a much greater rate than those who quit on their own or through alternate forms of treatment than the standard form most receive.

173 days ago


Am I the only one out here who would like to See Less coverage about SEYMOUR? Honestly, I never even heard of this guy before he overdosed on drugs; now we can't stop the endless flow of reports about his death. Enough already with the dead junkie!

173 days ago


Not to mention that Pheonix is DEEP into heroin and Rx drugs.

173 days ago


Rehab is not serious enough to work.

173 days ago

Jan Yager    

In my novel, THE PRETTY ONE by Jan Yager -- I added my name because it turns out there are at least two other novels with the same title! -- , I show how a talented, thin bestselling psychologist initially resists the doughnuts in the Green Room where she is before her TV appearance. But the next day, from all the pressure of the situation, and the underying conflicts that the experience stirs up, she does eat the doughnut. And for her, it is the start of a food binge that leads to weighing over 200 pounds. Of course overeating is not the same thing as drinking or drugs, but it's still an addiction and the feeling of being out of control -- of the substance controlling you -- is a powerful one. Only getting at the underlying cause for the addiction can permanent change occur. So very sad that Philip Seymour Hoffman didn't have that chance. RIP in Phillip Seymour Hoffman.RIP.

173 days ago


I cannot buy into this -- I thought I read he was an addict years ago. In any event, to my mind--he committed suicide by going overboard wieth drugs.

173 days ago

Red Sam Rackham    

Gee, so now it's booze, not marijuana, that's the alleged gateway drug that leads to the hard stuff?!?!? Sheeeeesh! ☺

173 days ago

richard nicoletti    

Is anyone surprised? Addicts can't even smell it.

173 days ago
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