Philip Seymour Hoffman Cause of Death: Massive Overdose of Heroin, Cocaine & Other Drugs

by at .

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death on Super Bowl Sunday has officially been ruled “accidental” by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in New York.

The office said that an “acute mixed drug intoxication including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamines” was the Oscar-winning thespian's undoing.

Hoffman, 46, was found unconscious in his Manhattan apartment at 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 2 by friend and screenwriter David Bar Katz, who called 911.

Unresponsive following his apparently massive overdose of heroin, he could not be revived. Police called Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at the scene.

He was expected to pick up his kids that day but didn't show up. He and his estranged, longtime partner Mimi O'Donnell had three young children together.

Police found nearly 50 envelopes branded "Ace of Spades" filled with what they believe was heroin in the NYC apartment, two law enforcement sources said.

Used syringes, prescription drugs and empty bags that authorities suspect were used to hold heroin also were found in the apartment where Hoffman, 46, died.

Robert Vineberg, a 57-year-old musician, was among four people arrested in Manhattan in connection with the case in the days after Hoffman's death.

Prosecutors said Vineberg, who was arrested on a felony charge, had 50 small bags of heroin as well as packaging paraphernalia in his apartment during a raid.

Vineberg was found to have the actor's phone number stored in his cell phone and is believed to be connected to the deadly heroin strain that killed Hoffman.

Hoffman, who was nominated for Academy Awards four times, won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in Capote.

He also earned Academy Award nominations for roles in Charlie Wilson's War, Doubt, and The Master, three of his many memorable screen performances.


Show Comments