The day after Philip Seymour Hoffman's lifeless body was found in his West Village NYC apartment with a needle in his arm, investigators are seeking bank surveillance footage which might show Hoffman purchasing heroin the night before.
A man told cops he saw the 46-year-old actor withdraw large amounts of cash from an ATM at a bank near Hoffman's Manhattan apartment at around 8 p.m. Saturday night, according to Fox News on Feb. 3.
The man said he saw Philip Seymour Hoffman hand over the cash to two men in what appeared to him to be a drug deal.
Both men were wearing messenger bags and seemed to be working together. The witness also told detectives that Hoffman looked "very sweaty" and "like s**t."
Mr. Hoffman was found by screenwriter friend David Bar Katz at around 11 a.m. Sunday, after he became concerned when unable to reach him.
Law enforcement sources said that glassine envelopes containing what was believed to be heroin were also found near the actor's body. The sources also report a needle filled with heroin was stuck in the actor's arm.
Hoffman was known to have a long struggle with addiction. He told "60 Minutes" in 2006 that he had given up drugs and alcohol many years ago at the age of 22.
Sadly, last year the actor checked into a rehab facility for about 10 days after a reliance on prescription pills sent him back to briefly using heroin again, according to The New York Times.
Cops are looking for surveillance footage of the two men believed to be drug dealers whom Hoffman met the night before his death. Apparently there are cameras above the ATM, but video had not yet been obtained as of late Sunday night, sources told Fox 411.
Hoffman's trip to the ATM is believed to be around the last time he was seen alive, sources said. A neighbor reported he saw Hoffman looking "grey" and "not well" at around 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Hoffman was purchasing Kleenex tissues and soda, among other items at a nearby grocery store. Sources said police want to track down the dealers to see if this death is tied to hundreds of other deaths across the country from a lethal batch of heroin.
Meanwhile, throngs of celebrities and fans alike took to social media throughout the day Sunday to express their sadness, shock and disbelief at news of the Oscar winning actor's passing.
Hoffman is survived by his partner of 15 years, costume designer Mimi O'Donnell, and their three young children.