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Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead of Apparent Heroin Overdose

By Allison McCabe 02/02/14

The actor had gone through detox in May of last year.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment earlier today, according to the New York Times.  Investigators found Hoffman with a syringe in his arm. He is believed to have died of a heroin overdose. According to a law-enforcement source, “He was shooting up in the bathroom.”

After graduating from NYU, Hoffman developed a serious drug addiction. “It was anything I could get my hands on... I liked it all," he told 60 Minutes in 2006. But after attending rehab at age 22, he stayed sober for twenty-three years. Hoffman credited the age at which he got sober for his ongoing recovery. "I have so much empathy for these young actors that are 19 and all of a sudden they're beautiful and famous and rich. I'm like, 'Oh my God. I'd be dead,' he said. "I think if I had... that kind of money and stuff... so, yeah [I would have died]."

Hoffman relapsed in 2012 and completed a 10 day detox in May of last year, claiming that he had been abusing pills for over a year but had only used heroin for a week before seeking treatment.

Hoffman is survived by his partner, Mimi O’Donnell, and their children, Cooper, Tallulah, and Willa.

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Allison McCabe is the editor in chief of The Fix. She has written for LA Weekly, Village Voice, Junk: a literary fix, Ramshackle Review, Main Street Journal and others. Follow Allison on Twitter.

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