CNN reported on Feb. 28 that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, found dead in his apartment on Feb. 2, is having his death ruled as accidental. The late actor was found with his arm containing a syringe and died from mixed drug intoxication. The drugs involved with the mixed intoxication include amphetamine, heroin, cocaine and benzodiazepines.
The CNN chief medical correspondent stated that when an addict stacks drugs, taking the same drug too close together, the cause of death is often times ruled accidental. The police were said to have found nearly 50 “Ace of Spades” labeled envelopes that were filled with what they believe to be heroin. Philip Seymour Hoffman’s NYC apartment also contained empty bags believed to hold heroin, used syringes and prescription drugs.
A few people were arrested in connection with the 46-year-old actor’s death including the 57-year-old musician, Robert Vineberg. Vineberg has been released on bail early on last month and was one among four people who were arrested during the days after Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death. It is unclear just how long the actor has been using the drugs or has been receiving them from his connections; though he told 60 Minutes in 2006 that he had given up drugs.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was involved with theatrics throughout high school and had attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts after graduation. Hoffman graduated from the School of Arts in 1989 with a B.F.A degree in Drama. His first major role came in 1992 with My New Gun. Throughout the years he maintained some supporting roles but his big break came with a role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights in 1997.
Since beginning, Philip Seymour Hoffman had established a name for himself as one of the finest indie and major film actors. Hoffman was a four time nominee for the Academy Awards and had won an Oscar in 2006 for best actor in the film Capote. Before his untimely death, the actor had entered a 10 day rehabilitation program after having a reliance on prescription pill. Philip Seymour Hoffman’s services were held on Feb. 7 attended by close friends and family.