Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead-UPDATED

Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died. The 46-year-old actor was found dead in his New York City apartment this morning around 11:30. Although no official cause of death has been determined, The New York Times is reporting that “investigators found a syringe in his arm and an envelope containing what is believed to be heroin”.

Hoffman has made no secret of his past problem with drug addiction. In a 2006 interview with 60 Minute’s Steve Kroft, Hoffman revealed that he went to rehab when he was 22 years old, shortly after graduating from New York University.  He told Kroft that:

It was all that [drugs and alcohol], yeah, it was anything I could get my hands on…I liked it all.

In May 2013, Hoffman entered rehab after dealing with this issue for about a year. It had started with prescription drug abuse and progressed to snorting heroin.

Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor his portrayal of the title figure in the 2005 film Capote.. Most recently seen playing the role of Plutarch in 2013’s Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

For more information about Heroin, click here to see our story about Philip Seymour Hoffman’s 2013 stint in rehab .

More details as they become available.

UPDATE 2/5/2014

Although the official cause of death has not been released pending toxicology results (as Celebrity readers will remember can take up to 6 weeks) heroine overdose seems the most likely cause.

Investigators have reported finding 50 small, glassine drug pouches were discovered in the apartment- some used, others not. Four people have been arrested in New York City on drug charges, possibly connected to the sale of the drugs which caused Hoffman’s death.

A small private funeral is planned, with a public memorial occurring later.

Michele R. Berman, M.D. was Clinical Director of The Pediatric Center, a private practice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1988-2000, and was named Outstanding Washington Physician by Washingtonian Magazine in 1999. She was a medical internet pioneer having established one of the first medical practice websites in 1997. Dr. Berman also authored a monthly column for Washington Parent Magazine.

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