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Philip Seymour Hoffman Autopsy Reveals Actor Died of Toxic Drug Mix

Medical examiner finds heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine in his system, rules death an accident

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Philip Seymour Hoffman died accidentally from “acute mixed drug intoxication,” the New York City medical examiner announced on Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times. Heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamines were all found in the actor’s system.

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Hoffman was found dead at the age of 46 in his New York City apartment on February 2nd. Police investigators said at the time that the actor had a syringe in his arm, and packets of what was believed to be heroin nearby. An initial autopsy had failed to determine the official cause of death, so the medical examiner’s office performed further toxicology tests.

Four people were arrested on drug charges in early February in connection with Hoffman’s death. During a raid on the apartment of Robert Vineburg, a 57-year-old musician who had been an acquaintance of Hoffman’s, police seized more than 350 bags of heroin.

Hoffman had been open about his past struggles with addiction. He entered rehab last May when he relapsed with heroin after staying clean for 23 years.

A funeral for the beloved actor, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of the writer Truman Capote in the 2005 film Capote, was held at St. Ignatius Loyola church in Manhattan on February 7th. 

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