'Capote' actor died on February 2 aged 46
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died from a toxic mix of heroin and other drugs, US officials have said.
A spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner stated Hoffman died from a mix of heroin, cocaine, amphetamines and benzodiazepines, which are psychoactive drugs such as Librium that work as muscle relaxants.
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 on February 2 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.
The actor, who won an Oscar for his leading role in Capote and garnered critical acclaim throughout his career for turns in films such as The Master, Magnolia and Almost Famous, was found by emergency services in his New York home.
A statement released by Hoffman’s family the day after his death described the loss as “tragic and sudden”. They said: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone.”
In a career which included roles in over 60 films, he won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in the biopic of writer Truman Capote’s life, and also picked up three Best Supporting Actor nominations for roles in ‘The Master’, ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ and ‘Doubt’.
In addition to his roles in independent films, including ‘Synecdoche, New York’ and ‘Boogie Nights’, Hoffman also starred in a number of Hollywood blockbusters such as ‘Mission Impossible 3’. His most recent role was in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’. There is expected to be a tribute to him at the Academy Awards tomorrow evening (March 2).