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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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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!

222 days ago
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R    

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

222 days ago
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CremeBrulee    

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

222 days ago
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zombie007    

I wonder if he shart when he died?

222 days ago
20.

Mel    

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

222 days ago
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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.

222 days ago
22.

Kelly    

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

222 days ago
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Andria    

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

222 days ago
24.

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.

222 days ago
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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.

222 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.

222 days ago
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Matt m    

Who cares ive heard enough about this dope head

222 days ago
28.

Mr. Smith    

Hey..how are ya....just throwin back a beer or sixer at the moment....kickin back....drinkin alone...probably ought to ramble on out and hit up a bar.....I'm feelin lubricated enough to deal with the judgemental, nosy neighbors...and hey...there are tens of thousands of people around the the US and Europe ect.. doin and thinkin exactly the same thing at exactly the same time..

222 days ago
29.

Steve O'Beck    

With River Pheonix as an actor awn this flick- it's a pretty good bet where Hoffman aquired the taste...

222 days ago
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Doodlebug    

I don't blame him for drinking after that movie it sucked balls.

222 days ago
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