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Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead Of Drug Overdose -- Needle In His Arm, Heroin Discovered In Apartment


Feb. 2 2014, Published 1:42 p.m. ET

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Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead inside his Manhattan apartment.

New York Police Department officials are saying he was located in the bathroom of his West Village apartment with a hypodermic needle still in his arm on Sunday morning.

A personal assistant is reported to have discovered him fully clothed and made a 911 call.

Heroin was found in the pad, law enforcement sources said.

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"On Sunday, February 2, 2014, at approximately 1136 hours police responded to a 911 call for an aided male... upon arrival, officers located a 46-year-old male, unconscious and unresponsive, lying on the bathroom floor," an NYPD statement said.

As reported in 2013, the Hollywood star -- who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 biographical film Capote -- struggled with heroin addiction and had been to rehab for a short stint.

"It was all that (drugs and alcohol), yeah. It was anything I could get my hands on…I liked it all,”  he once told 60 Minutes.

Hoffman's family has called his death ”a tragic and sudden loss.”

"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone,” a statement In a released by Hoffman’s manager, Karen Samfilippo, said.

"Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers."

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Hoffman had struggled with substance abuse in his early career and first went to rehab after graduating from New York University in 1989.

Speaking about his struggle he told The Guardian newspaper in 2011: "It was pretty bad, you know what I mean. And I know, deep down, I still look at the idea of drinking with the same ferocity that I did back then. It's still pretty tangible.

"I don't know, I was young, I drank too much, you know, so I stopped. … It's not really complicated. I had no interest in drinking in moderation. And I still don't. Just because all that time's passed doesn't mean maybe it was just a phase. That's you know, that's who I am."

He managed to stay clean for 23 years until his most recent relapse.

The star had also been nominated for three Best Supporting Actor Oscars, for roles in The Master, Doubt and Charlie Wilson's War.

Hoffman is survived by his girlfriend, costume designer Mimi O'Donnell, their son, Cooper and two daughters, Tallulah and Willa.

He was 46 years old.

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