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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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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.

150 days ago
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Maria     

I can't believe all these dumbasses on here calling other people idiots. Listen, although he suffered from addiction, what he did was his choice. He CHOSE to buy the heroin, he CHOSE to have that drink, and he CHOSE not to get help. So was on him.

150 days ago
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Jane    

For some reason this one was a real heartbreaker--

149 days ago
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Mark Thomas    

Hello again. Please behave like professionals and either name your sources or make clear that they wished to remain anonymous. Thank you.

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