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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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Majestik    

I'm sorry, but according to other outlets he started experimenting with Heroin when he was in College. According to other websites he had been clean and sober for 26 years. Someone might want to fact check at TMZ. Oh wait, nevermind.

70 days ago
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some guy    

All I know is him and Rob Ford would've thrown some hella crazy parties together.

70 days ago
18.

KicksandGiggles    

OMG!!!! ENOUGH ABOUT THIS MAN!!!! THE JUNKIE IS DEAD - LET HIM RIP!!!!!

70 days ago
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illnevertell    

TMZ wouldn't know what story research was if it stood naked in front them doing the twist! Why do I even have am account on here? Us magazine does better research when they aren't completely making s**t up!

70 days ago
20.

R    

I think he hit stuff while not filming and kept himself in check while filming. Until now.

70 days ago
21.

CremeBrulee    

To the person who wrote "Rehab is for quitters." Hilarious.

70 days ago
22.

zombie007    

I wonder if he shart when he died?

70 days ago
23.

Mel    

Are you insinuating that it's Joaquin Phoenix's fault?? wow TMZ you are really all over the map!!

70 days ago
24.

mondoburger    

yeah right he was a ****ing crackhead whitey like the rest of em

70 days ago
25.

Bill Foresman    

I believe they call that self medicating. If you think you're an addict then you are.Of couse, I'm not so what do I know. You're friends and family are supposed to do something to help so blame everyone "close" is what I say.

70 days ago
26.

Kelly     

This take on alcoholism is so simplistic as to be absurd.

70 days ago
27.

Andria    

pretty much the definition of an addict...this is not news. let his tortured soul rest.

70 days ago
28.

Enough    

So he was sober 20+ years, slipped off the wagon with a drink and then languished in his "curiosity of heroin"???? I'm sorry, I have a difficult time feeling sorry for this.

70 days ago
29.

greg    

an innocent drink its ignorant ****ing sites like you guys who still thinks alcohol is innocent im a young kid with 2 alcoholic parents and to hear tmz say that one drink is innocent is ignorant as **** grow up dip****s this alcohol **** kills more people than anyone and damn well has killed someone in someones family up in those offices so grow the **** up and realize your full of **** calling alcohol innocent.

70 days ago
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Clytemnestra     

PSH is the poster child for everyone who has some sobriety...you are only one drink away from disaster. It is too bad he had to die to prove the point, but hopefully, his example will save many lives.

70 days ago
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