Philip Seymour Hoffman died of drug mix; death ruled an accident

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Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead February 2 on the bathroom floor of his New York apartment with a syringe in his left arm, died of acute mixed drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine, the New York medical examiner’s office said Friday.

The manner of death was ruled an accident, the medical examiner’s office said.

Police found nearly 50 envelopes of what they believe was heroin in the actor’s Manhattan apartment, two law enforcement sources familiar with the inquiry said.

Used syringes, prescription drugs and empty bags that authorities suspect were used to hold heroin also were found in the apartment where Hoffman, 46, was found dead, sources said.

He was expected to pick up his children that day but didn’t show up, the official said. Playwright David Katz and another person went to the apartment and found him dead, the official said.

Police officers found him in a T-shirt and shorts with his eyeglasses still on his head.

Police also found several empty bags branded “Ace of Hearts” — a street name for heroin — in the apartment, law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation told CNN.

Also in the apartment were close to 50 envelopes, branded “Ace of Spades,” containing what is believed to be heroin, the two sources said.

14 comments

  • unseabunni

    Wow. What cold, heartless comments. You never know what someone is going through. Judgment is not yours to cast. He was a brilliant actor and we lost him far too soon to a sickness that no one can understand unless they live it. Have some compassion and respect. If you don’t have anything nice to say, is it really that difficult to say nothing at all?

    • Will Grant

      oh, brother….”brilliant actor” … “we lost him” … “unless they live it” … your responses underscore so much of what is wrong with this once great country, “unseabunni” … making a martyr out of a common drug addict who knew better … pathetic and stupid

  • Lisa

    This is not an accident. When you take a mixture of drugs like this one of the great side effects is death! Not an accident!

  • unseabunni

    There is no martyr-making going on. He was, indeed, a brilliant actor, there is no denying that. My point is simply that you cannot judge anyone for anything, as it is not your place. It is also calloused and cold to speak ill of the dead, if anything, have some common decency. You know nothing of this man to speak such uncaring and cold words. I hope that you and your loved ones are never faced with such a terrible disease, as you show no understanding of it whatsoever. I am not suggesting that drug use is ok, not at all. In fact, quite the contrary. That lifestyle isn’t suited for me, but again: you never know what someone has been through that leads them to the point to say “I need to get higher”. Maybe it’s partying, maybe it’s something as horrific as being molested as a child, maybe it was peer pressure weighing on “the weird kid” in high school that just did it to fit in. My point is: YOU don’t know, therefore, YOU have no right to speak so ill of someone who has passed. I feel sorry for you and your narrow mind.

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