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Philip Seymour Hoffman pictured in January of this year.
Philip Seymour Hoffman pictured in January of this year.
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Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a toxic mix of drugs: NYC officials

The cocktail included heroin, cocaine, amphetamines and benzodiazepines.
Feb 28th 2014, 9:15 PM 14,383 40

OFFICIALS SAY ACTOR Philip Seymour Hoffman died from a toxic mix of heroin and other drugs.

A spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner said this evening that Hoffman died from a mix of heroin, cocaine, amphetamines and benzodiazepines, which are psychoactive drugs such as Librium.

The death was ruled an accident.

Police had been investigating his death as a suspected drug overdose.

Law enforcement officials have said Hoffman was found earlier this month with a needle in his arm, and tests found heroin in samples from at least 50 packets in his Manhattan apartment.

The 46-year-old star of “Capote” and “The Master” said in interviews last year that he had sought treatment for a heroin problem after 23 years of sobriety.

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