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Philip Seymour Hoffman

Killed By Massive OD

Heroin, Coke, Rx Meds

2/28/2014 1:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Philip Seymour Hoffman was killed earlier this month by a deadly mixture of heroin, cocaine, and several other drugs -- this according to the NYC medical examiner.

The medical examiner just released the official cause of death -- listing "acute mixed drug intoxication" as the reason PSH passed away suddenly on February 2nd.

According to the medical examiner, the drugs in the actor's system at the time of his death were heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines (anti-anxiety) and amphetamines (uppers like Adderall).

Mixing heroin and cocaine is often termed "speedballing." It's the same mixture that killed Chris Farley, River Phoenix, and John Belushi.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Will

Keep My Son Away from Hollywood

2/19/2014 10:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Philip Seymour Hoffman
's dying wish was to keep his children far, far away from Hollywood -- this according to the actor's will.

TMZ obtained a copy of PSH's will -- drawn up in 2004 -- and according to the document, Hoffman requested that his son Cooper (back then his only child) be raised in Manhattan ... in order to be surrounded by the culture, arts, and architecture of the city.

If NYC turned out to be impossible, Hoffman asked for his son to be raised in Chicago or San Francisco. And if that didn't work out either, Hoffman wanted his son to visit these cities at least TWICE per year ... for cultural purposes.

The glaring omission on his list is obviously Los Angeles -- interesting because Hoffman was a big time Hollywood actor who spent lots of time in L.A.

Clearly, he didn't think it was a suitable city to raise a kid in.

As for the entirety of his estate, Hoffman left the whole shebang to his longtime partner and the mother of his 3 children, Mimi O'Donnell.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman

Accused Heroin Dealer

Connected to Other Celebs Who OD'd

2/17/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The accused drug dealer who allegedly sold heroin to Philip Seymour Hoffman was like the grim reaper ... befriending at least 3 major celebs who all died from ODs.

Robert Vineberg was a well-known musician who surrounded himself with other artists ... and counted Hoffman, Amy Winehouse and famed NYC artist Jean-Michel Basquiat among his friends.

We're told ... Basquiat and Vineberg used A LOT of heroin during the 80s in Vineberg's apartment -- the same place Hoffman visited years later to allegedly score smack.  We're told Basquiat injected the heroin with a needle.  He died of a heroin OD in '88 ... after sinking into a deep depression over the death of his close friend Andy Warhol.

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Vineberg was close friends with Winehouse ... but there's no proof they did drugs together.  Winehouse died of acute alcohol poisoning in 2011 after years of abusing drugs.

As for Vineberg, he denies he sold PSH the heroin that killed him.

Rolling Stone

Quit Your Bitching, Drake ...

We Warned You About Cover Change

2/13/2014 9:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Drake
has no business attacking Rolling Stone or Philip Seymour Hoffman because the magazine gave him advance notice it was dropping him from the cover in favor of PSH.

Sources close to Drake tell TMZ the rapper feels like he was "tricked" because ... "He only did the interview if he was going to be on the cover."

But we've learned Drake was interviewed on January 28, and the photo shoot was also completed before PSH died on Feb. 2.

A rep for RS says this happens all the time when musicians and actors die -- most recently when Lou Reed and Whitney Houston passed away.

Further, sources tell us Drake's camp was told last Friday he wouldn't be on the cover when the mag was released Wednesday. The RS rep would not say if they offered Drake a future cover.

For what it's worth ... Drake has deleted his tweets about the RS cover and Hoffman.

Drake

Pisses on Philip Seymour Hoffman

He Stole My Cover!!

2/13/2014 7:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Drake just spit on Philip Seymour Hoffman's grave ... throwing a bitch fit over losing the Rolling Stone cover to the dead actor.

Drake's hissy sesh started with a complaint about being misquoted in the latest issue regarding Kanye West's album -- but then he quickly lashes out at the mag for making a switch.

Drizzy tweeted ... "They also took my cover from me last minute and ran the issue."

Minutes later, Drake went back to Twitter and said, "RIP to Philip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil."

It's a half-hearted apology, at best. So, we gotta ask ... 

Hoffman's Accused Dealer

I Didn't Sell Him Deadly Heroin

2/10/2014 10:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0210-phillip-seymour-hoffman-01The guy accused of selling Philip Seymour Hoffman the heroin that killed him SWEARS he didn't do it -- but he wouldn't deny selling heroin to Hoffman in the past.

Robert Vineberg -- who did an interview with the NY Post from inside jail over the weekend -- says he hadn't seen Hoffman since last year ... long before the actor passed away.

If he had known Hoffman was in town the weekend he died, Vineberg says he would have tried to "save him" because he knew the actor had a serious heroin problem.

Which sounds like BS ... because when Vineberg was asked if he had ever dealt heroin to Hoffman in the months before the actor's death, Vineberg declined to comment. Nevertheless, Vineberg insists the heroin Hoffman injected immediately before his death was NOT from him.

As for Hoffman's drug use, Vineberg seemed to know a lot about it, claiming he's convinced Hoffman was using 10 bags of heroin a day.

As we reported, Vineberg -- allegedly Hoffman's primary dealer -- was one of 4 people arrested last week in connection with Hoffman's death.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Rehab Friends

Scared Straight

2/9/2014 1:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0209_philip_seymour_hoffman_getty2A group of friends who were in treatment with Philip Seymour Hoffman are vowing to stay sober FOR GOOD following his death ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ spoke with a woman in rehab with PSH -- we kept her name confidential for obvious reasons -- and she says a bunch of people in rehab and Narcotics Anonymous with Hoffman made a pact after he died to not only stay sober from now on for themselves ... but also for Philip.

We're told his death was a "pivotal moment in their recovery" ... because they realized no one is invincible ... even rich celebrities.

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'Pretty Little Liars' Star

Heroin OD

After Hoffman's Death

2/9/2014 9:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0209-ashley-benson-heroin-splashAshley Benson may THINK she's heroin chic ... but we're guessing the prevailing view is that she's heroin creep ... wearing this the day after Phillip Seymour Hoffman was buried.

The "Spring Breakers" star roamed around West Hollywood Saturday in a black T with the words "DJ Heroin" emblazoned on it.


It's especially startling ... because just a few days before she tweeted a pic of Hoffman with the warning, "Don't do drugs."

So, in the name of fashion, we gotta ask ...

Philip Seymour Hoffman

GF & Children

Emotional Funeral Exit

2/7/2014 3:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0207-mimi-funeralSad day in New York City Friday -- Philip Seymour Hoffman's longtime girlfriend Mimi O'Donnell and their 3 children just exited the Manhattan church where the actor's funeral just ended ... and it was emotional.

Mimi -- flanked by 10-year-old son Cooper, 7-year-old daughter Tallulah and 5-year-old daughter Willa -- exited the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola together moments ago.

Other famous attendees also found it difficult to contain their feelings -- Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams left together, both wearing dark sunglasses. Michelle held her hand over her mouth.

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It's tragic ... Gyllenhaal was set to star in Hoffman's upcoming directorial effort "Ezekiel Moss" -- in fact, his involvement in the film was announced just days before Hoffman's death.

Williams starred with Hoffman in "Synecdoche, New York" in 2008 -- the same year her ex Heath Ledger also OD'd on drugs.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman

Famous Friends Flock to Funeral

Spike Lee, Cate Blanchett, Louis C.K., Ethan Hawke

2/7/2014 9:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Philip Seymour Hoffman's funeral has just begun -- and the church is jam-packed with the late actor's famous friends  ... including Cate Blanchett, Spike Lee, Louis C.K., Ethan Hawke, and Ellen Burstyn.

The private funeral service for family and friends is now underway at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in NYC -- the same church where Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Aaliyah's funerals were held.

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All told, roughly 400 people were expected to attend the ceremony.

As we reported, 46-year-old Hoffman was found dead Sunday from an apparent heroin overdose. He is survived by his longtime partner Mimi O'Donnell and 3 young children.

A larger memorial service is in the works for later this month.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman

Family Leaves for Wake

2/6/2014 1:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0206-mimi-odonnell-family-gettyPhilip Seymour Hoffman's family left their NYC apartment Thursday afternoon ... presumably to attend the actor's wake.

Mimi O'Donnell watched over the three kids she had with Hoffman as they made their way to the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home on Madison Avenue.

The wake will be held from 5 - 9 PM EST.

A funeral service will be held tomorrow at the St. Ignatius of Loyola Church on Park Avenue.  The service will be small and private -- only family and close friends.

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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.

Philip Seymour Hoffman Death

Cops Did NOT Arrest Dangerous Heroin Supplier

2/6/2014 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Cops did NOT snag the drug dealer who was allegedly selling dangerous heroin to Philip Seymour Hoffman ... sources tell TMZ.

We know the informant -- who armed cops with the info they needed to get a search warrant -- claimed Hoffman had 2 principal heroin suppliers. We're told the informant said Robert Vineberg was the main guy, but when he would run out of heroin Vineberg would send a guy named Max Rosenblum to get more smack from someone down the street.

As we reported, Vineberg was arrested in Tuesday's bust and has been charged with felony heroin possession with an intent to sell. He pled not guilty. Rosenblum has been charged with misdemeanor cocaine possession.

As for the "dealer down the street" -- he was not arrested.  The informant claims that dealer was selling low-grade, very dangerous heroin.  The informant says he came forward because he believes Hoffman may have been using the stash from the dealer down the street when he died.

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