This article provides an overview of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s cause of death and details of the autopsy report.
With the Oscar buzz taking over the celeb-sphere, the sudden news of the death of the highly regarded artist and dedicated actor Philip Seymour Hoffman rocked Hollywood. Hoffman, age 46, was found dead in his New York apartment on February 2, 2014. Winning Academy Awards for his excellent performances in movies like Capote and regarded for his work on The Master, Cold Mountain, and Owning Mahowny, Philip Seymour Hoffman was no stranger to drugs.
What happened on February 2, 2014?
On February 2, David Bar Katz, a screenwriter and playwright found his friend in the bathroom of his office apartment in Manhattan, New York. Investigators uncovered enough evidence to suggest that the potential cause of death was a fatal cocktail of prescription drugs and heroin. In fact, Hoffman was found dead with a hypodermic needle still attached to his arm.
Often described as a sleepy looking and frumpily dressed man, Philip Seymour Hoffman often talked about his drug-addled past. Struggling with substance abuse since the age of 22, Hoffman had sought rehab care several times. At one point, he even admitted to abusing any substance he could find. After 20 years of remaining more or less clean, Hoffman experienced a relapse with an addiction to prescription drugs and heroin. He checked into rehab for 10 days during May of 2013. He is survived by his long time partner Mimi O’Donnell and three children agres six, eight and eleven.
Autopsy results inconclusive: suspected overdose?
After finding the lifeless body of the Oscar winning actor and conducting the crime scene investigation, an autopsy was ordered by the New York Police Department. The primary results of the autopsy were inconclusive while the police are maneuvering the case as a suspected overdose. Over 50 envelopes of heroin were found in Hoffman’s apartment along with several syringes and a range of prescription drugs. The heroin found in the apartment did not contain a dangerous substance known as fetanyl that has been recently tied to over 20 fatal death in the Pennsylvania area. Further reports tested negative for fetanyl. During the investigation, the police also found buprenorphine, a substance used to treat addiction to heroin.
The arrest of four drug suspects
After further investigation, four people were arrested in relation to the large amounts of illicit drugs found in the Manhattan apartment. Three men and one woman aged 22, 48, 57 and 22 were arrested in the NoHo district and detained for drug related charges. Subsequently, the search of three apartments revealed roughly 350 bags of heroin. Of the four people arrested, drug related charges were dropped against one, while others were booked for possession of cocaine and other misdemeanor charges.
According to some reports by TMZ a drug user tipped off the NYPD when he saw the actor contact the dealer who lived in the same building. In the last few hours of his life, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found to have made six transactions in a supermarket ATM near his home. A total of $1,200 was withdrawn in a matter of hours. The police are currently piecing together CCTV footage and other surveillance evidence to determine his exact whereabouts that day.
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