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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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Sheldon Siegel    

Like they say, one is too many and 100 is not enough.

230 days ago
2.

Lewzer    

That exactly how addiction/relapse works. It is absolutely critical to stay away from the first drink/joint/pill. As they say, when faced by an oncoming train, it's not the caboose that kills you.....

230 days ago
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SoulCritic    

Heroin is a hell of a drug to experiment with.

230 days ago
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BigKahuna    

If one drink sent him off to start shooting heroin up his arm, then there isn't much left to say. Lets call it what it was...an addict who could not get control of his problem and ended up dying from it. He had 3 little children to care for but let the drugs take precedent. If he was a street junkie, you would not hear a word about it. He was famous, so now we get the "tortured soul" routine. I despise drugs.

230 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

Drugsss

230 days ago
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vroomvroom    

So he started heroin in 2013 So in a year he went from starting to over 50 bags?? Lies lies lies Or he was pushing

230 days ago
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tmzcommenter    

Drugs are bad. Mkay...

230 days ago
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RatedRRR    

So will the NYPD hunt down the people that gave him the drink?? If it was a chain of events that ultimately led to the needle in his arm, they need to blame EVERYONE, except for the decease himself.

230 days ago
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PureRadiance    

Addiction leads to more and more .... Sad......

230 days ago
10.

Wills    

oh yea, blame it on the alcohol, heroine is completely not at fault

230 days ago
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HillbillyHell    

Rarely have we seen....

230 days ago
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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.

230 days ago
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some guy    

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

230 days ago
14.

KicksandGiggles    

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

230 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!

230 days ago
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