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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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Mei    

To my thinking, he made his choices and they were bad ones. I also think that he killed himself with that poisont that he pumped into his veins. Yes, I do know about addiction...mine was booze. I decided that my family was more improtant to me and got hte help I needed and it is almost 50 years now. Then again, was not rich and famous...that may be the difference. Fact remains he was selfish and left those kids and the girlfriend behind..

196 days ago
197.

Goose    

Can someone please tell me why so much info on this guys death; yet when a soldier gets killed in Afghanistan; no one knows about it?

196 days ago
198.

me    

Why doesn't Hollywood drug test? They promote this behavior for publicity. Hollywood pays these idiots too much, and they can't handle it. If he was a street person, we never would know he died. He was a drug addict, and the want us to feel sorry NOT HAPPENING

196 days ago
199.

Tezi    

Yes, that got him to do the drug...but what was in the tainted heroin is what killed actually him. Had it been clean, he'd have lived, right?

196 days ago
200.

robert    

anyone in the program knows its the 1st drink that kills you not the last...its like a train coming at you...your dead by the first car and spit out by the last..

196 days ago
201.

robert    

EVERYONE IN THE PROGRAM KNOWS ITS THE 1ST DRINK THAT KILLS YOU NOT THE LAST...ITS LIKE A FRIEGHT TRAIN THAT HITS YOU ITS THE 1ST CAR THAT KILLS YOU NOT THE LAST THATS SPITS OUT YOUR BODY...

196 days ago
202.

Dee Dee    

Then why on earth did they have alcohol anywhere near the cast wrap party. As star of that movie he could have requested that no alcohol be present at any cast party on on the set.

196 days ago
203.

popcornlova98    

Anyone who believes the sequence of these events is an idiot

196 days ago
204.

Royce    

Hoffman was an ACTOR -- not a group noted for brillance. He made the decision to take drugs so his death is self-inflicted. He is just another victim of the Hollywood crowd who accept drugs as a way of life. He did it to himself.

196 days ago
205.

Mark Thomas    

"Hoffman acknowledged to confidants ... the drinks opened the floodgates."

Could you say which confidants (name your sources)? Or did they wish to remain anonymous?

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2014/02/06/philip-seymour-hoffman-the-master-heroin-alcohol-addiction/#ixzz2sf2hXJId

196 days ago
206.

Mark Thomas    

"Hoffman acknowledged to confidants ... the drinks opened the floodgates."

Could you say which confidants (name your sources)? Or did they request anonymity?

196 days ago
207.

Dacarp    

After reading these comments, it's clear what type of people subscribe to TMZ. Not surprising at all. It's actually comical. A bunch of shallow, ignorant douches

196 days ago
208.

sunflower67    

I love how all these people who have never had a problem with addiction--for whom one drink won't destroy your life--feel free to judge someone else who was absolutely destroyed by it. If you can't be compassionate, just shut up. You know nothing about this man or his family. Again, please shut up.

195 days ago
209.

William Foresman    

You're not an alcoholic if you can quit drinking

195 days ago
210.

Maria     

I understand that addiction is a disease, but it is also a choice to stay sober. Yes the temptations will never go away, but if you want it then you will fight to stay sober and remove yourself from the temptation. So stop feeling sorry for him, he gave in.

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