Musician Robert Aaron Vineberg accepts plea bargain

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s friend has been cleared of selling heroin to the late Oscar-winning actor.

Musician Robert Aaron Vineberg accepted a lesser charge of possession of the controlled substance and avoided a prison sentence.

The New York Times reports Vineberg accepted five years on probation and will serve 25 days of community service. Vineberg, a Canadian jazz musician, played saxophone on David Bowie’s 1983 hit ‘Let’s Dance’.

Speaking to reporters after the hearing he said: “It’s all over. The worst part is that I still lost my friend.”

The musician previously admitted in interviews he had occasionally sold heroin to support his own habit but never to Hoffman.

The 46-year-old actor was found dead with a needle in his arm at his New York apartment on February 2. He died of an overdose. Over 50 packets of heroin were found in his home but no-one else has been charged with supplying drugs to Hoffman.

The star of The Master won an Oscar in 2006 for Capote during a career of diverse roles that included playing the villain opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible III.

Hoffman completed a number of projects before he died. He will be seen next on the big screen as a secret agent in the John Le Carre adaptation A Most Wanted Man in cinemas September 12.

He will also appear as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 1 released in the UK on November 21.

Watch the trailer for A Most Wanted Man below.