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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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46.

lexington marlow    

Bull**** ... Just white boys making excuses for white boy.

229 days ago
47.

Gfine    

You want to mess with heroin? Well it's the chance you take. If it's worth dying for, be my guest. Nobody made him take it. Are we suppose to feel sorry for a guy who had it all only to lose it for a cheap drug habit. Pop goes the weasel!

229 days ago
48.

Gfine    

Please! They call drug use a decease when nothing is further from the truth! Cancer is a decease, drugs are by choice, period! People use them because they like them not because they have decease. It's so weird, after this celebrity dies, the police go on an immediate hunt for anyone involved when there are people dying everyday due to the over dose of heroine but no attention is paid to the average Joe. Society is so full of it!

229 days ago
49.

grouston    

Tragedy, one drink will do it, I know first hand, been sober 38 years, addiction is a killer, http:www.capecodpublishing.com My book can help, "MY MIND HAS A MIND OF ITS OWN,"

229 days ago
50.

Alexis    

@Sili'LilSkoolgrl, it has nothing to do with whether the guy was smart or not, it's just that he was like many other dopers,,,,,,, he was simply weak!!!

229 days ago
51.

Kygirl1    

One'a to many, a thousands not enough!

229 days ago
52.

Buster    

Yea, so it was all his own fault.

229 days ago
53.

maye    

He couldn't get the monkey demon off his back doing it on his own. Definitely needed spiritual help!

229 days ago
54.

Esther    

who cares? he kill himself!!!

229 days ago
55.

feinburgrl    

Only if they have an alcohol problem.

229 days ago
56.

Esther    

Phill did it to himself!!!

229 days ago
57.

lexington marlow    

The good ol' boys trying to make excuses for their "good ol boy". Did the LAPD go after Whitney Houston's dealer?

229 days ago
58.

snoopy2    

No "drink" to an alcoholic is innocent.

229 days ago
59.

Pringle62    

One drink did not set him on the pat to IV use.

229 days ago
60.

victor gibson    

Lets stop being stupid. One drink didnt do it many did heroin did stop making friggin excuses like oh one drink did it my god. Wake up you lame parnoid out of control seeking to find some silly excuse the fact is the man had plenty of so called friends, he had plenty of money plenty of influence if he died due to heroin use its because he refused to stop. hollywood is famous for making tons of excuses but if you were found dead with a needle there would be nothing out of their mouths for you but another stupid loser bit the dust.

229 days ago
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