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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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joe blow    

from one addict talking about another, rehab is for people who need help or people who want halp. Relapse is just part of the rehab

197 days ago
92.

MrKnobs    

Yeah because he had 50 packets of heroin in his home but wasn't planning to use them until he took that drink. What a silly article.

197 days ago
93.

Jakarejo    

If one drink sent him to his death by heroin than why are people OK with the legalization of marijuana?
I thought they used to say that marijuana was equal to alcohol so you should legalize marijuana. If they were right, than marijuana will lead to death by stronger drugs just like this one drink did.

197 days ago
94.

Sunshine702    

I've had pleantly of drinks. Yet I don't ever touch heroin! Just sayin. Herion the killer

197 days ago
95.

William Rogers    

...and some will die that others mightg live...

197 days ago
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lollie    

there's no such thing as "just one drink" for an alcoholic/addict. i have 23 years clean and sober and i remind myself of that almost every day--especially the past 5 months since my 30-year-old son died of a drug overdose. some of us can come to terms with it and some of us die before we do and it's heart breaking. there's no one to blame but the man himself, but that doesn't make it any less sad so have some compassion.

197 days ago
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Frank P.    

This certainly blows up the theory that marijuana drives people to drugs like heroin. Excuse me for being trite but all of us are the captain's of our own ships and the waters we sail them in,

197 days ago
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Layla    

I don't buy that. He was injecting himself. I bet he'd done herion many times.

197 days ago
99.

Tom    

Smoke the weed.

Wanna hear something funny? Michael Savage reported that traffic deaths have tripled for marijuana smokers. lol. Can we just get rid of the false information for starters? Harder drugs are tempting because the government and ignorant TV personalities downright lie about weed for years.

197 days ago
100.

john    

So he is a pathetic alcoholic who checked out and now everyone is celebrating. Sorry to inform you but suicide is the greatest act of selfishness on the planet and I for one will not celebrate this coward who didn't have the guts to stay sober.

197 days ago
101.

Dee    

Oh no, not another case of a celebrity who pushed the envelope! DUMMY

197 days ago
102.

ftt    

He was a gross junkie who off'ed himself and didn't think twice about how that would ever effect his kids.Grow Up

197 days ago
103.

jakie lewis    

One drink did not kill Hoffman...perhaps that began the march, but putting that needle in his arm did the dirty deed. Experimenting with heroin? Really....he was one hit away from death once he started.

There really is no justification for this, he knew the consequences and chose to ignore them. I don't find his death tragic, the tragedy is that he chose heroin over his family, especially his children.

197 days ago
104.

ron    

the man was an addict and had a hell of a lot more drugs than is considered for personal use. Its called possession for sale and he dosent deserve to be felt sorry for doesn't matter who he is or what he acommplised.

197 days ago
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ron    

the man was an addict and had a hell of a lot more drugs than is considered for personal use. Its called possession for sale and he dosent deserve to be felt sorry for doesn't matter who he is or what he acommplised.

197 days ago
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