Sunday, February 2, 2014

Award-winning Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in Manhattan Apartment: The New York Police Department is investigating, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine exact cause of death

Philip Seymour Hoffman

OD eyed in Philip Seymour Hoffman death

Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday afternoon in his New York City apartment, a law-enforcement official said.

Hoffman was found dead Sunday in a New York City apartment of an apparent drug overdose ... TMZ has learned authorities found a needle in his arm.
The New York Police Department is investigating, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine exact cause of death. The official said Mr. Hoffman, 46 years old, was found dead at his apartment at 35 Bethune St. in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

Details surrounding his death are unclear ... but the actor had struggled with drug problems ... most recently checking himself into a rehab facility for heroin back in May.  The New York Post is reporting heroin was found in the apt and Hoffman was on the bathroom floor in his underwear when he was found.

TMZ broke the story of Hoffman going to rehab.  We were told he did it as a preventative measure because he was getting close to a major relapse.  A source involved in Hoffman's treatment now tells TMZ ... the actor said at the time he was on the brink of become a heroin IV user and wanted to nip it in the bud before that happened.


Hoffman's family released a statement saying, "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support."

Law enforcement sources tell us his autopsy will take place Monday.
Mr. Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 film, "Capote."
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