Working off an informant's tip, police in New York City arrested four suspects on drug charges on Feb. 4 in connection with the heroin overdose death of Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead in his Manhattan apartment’s bathroom with a syringe still sticking out of his arm on Feb. 2.
Robert Vineberg, 57, and Thomas Cushman, 48, were both charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance. Vineberg was also charged with criminal use of drug paraphernalia.
Max Rosenbloom and Juliana Luchkiw, both 22, were charged with criminal use of drug paraphernalia, criminal use of controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marijuana.
After finding Hoffman dead, police recovered more than 50 bags of heroin in the beloved actor’s apartment, plus used syringes, and prescription drugs. Some of the heroin found in his apartment included bags labeled as “Ace of Spades” - indicating a powerful, even more dangerous brand of heroin cut with the pain reliever fentanyl.
Interestingly though, early testing of the heroin recovered from Hoffman’s apartment did not reveal any traces of fentanyl mixed in with the heroin. More comprehensive testing of the drugs recovered is ongoing, with final results expected in about a month.
A final autopsy report for Hoffman could be released as early as today.
The world is still reeling from Hoffman’s tragic and unexpected death. Largely regarded as “an actor’s actor,” Hoffman had been straight and sober for more than 20 years, after going into rehab at age 22 for drug and alcohol addiction. Tragically, he suffered a major relapse in recent times, going back into rehab in May, 2013 – but only for about 10 days.
In the final days of his life, Hoffman made multiple and sizable withdrawals from an ATM in his neighborhood, where witnesses say they saw the Oscar-winning actor buying drugs on the street.
Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in his memory.
Rest in peace Philip Seymour Hoffman.
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