Philip Seymour Hoffman: Actor may have died from deadly tainted heroin

philip seymore hoffman The death of legendary actor Philip Seymour Hoffman shocked not only Hollywood, but fans across the nation. The father of three died of an apparent heroine overdose in his West Village home in New York City on Sunday. Friend and playwright David Bar Katz found the deceased actor when Mimi O'Donnell, his former partner, asked him to check on him after he failed to pick up his three children.

Police say the 46-year-old actor was discovered in his bathroom with a syringe still stuck to his arm and eight empty bags of drugs labeled "Ace of Spades" and "Ace of Hearts." As they continue to investigate his death, there is speculation that he may have died due to a bad batch of the drugs that have been claiming the lives of others as well. 


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Hoffman was no stranger to drugs and reportedly started abusing again after being 23 years sober. He checked in to a rehab facility in May and did a 10-day stint there before resuming to a normal life. However everything was not as it seemed.

There was evidence that Hoffman was not well after he made an appearance at the Sundance Film Festival in January to promote his latest films God's Pocket and A Most Wanted Man. Spectators said he looked disheveled, unhealthy and refused to take interviews.

It was also reported that he and the mother of his children, O'Donnell, had broken up in the recent months which may have contributed to his sudden drug abuse. Police are taking into account information given to them by an eyewitness who says they saw Hoffman the night before his death by an ATM exchanging loads of money with two drug dealers.

Officials are looking at surveillance videos near the ATM to see if they can identify the drug dealers who sold the drugs to Hoffman. They believe that he may have been a victim to a lethal dose of heroine laced with fentanyl--a drug used to relieve pain in cancer patients. This drug is said to not have been around since 2008, until now and has killed hundreds recently particularly in the East coast.

It's so devastating to know that one of the greatest actors of our time succumbed to drugs. As Philip Seymour Hoffman fan, the news broke my heart as he was such a talented actor no matter what role he was playing. I can't imagine what it's like to lose someone in such an awful way and hope that police can get to the bottom of this. My thoughts and prayers are with his three children and his former partner who need as much support as they can get right now

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