Philip Seymour Hoffman Died From Toxic Mix of Drugs

12:44 PM PST 02/28/2014 by Hilary Lewis
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Philip Seymour Hoffman

UPDATED: The actor's death was ruled an accidental overdose, following toxicology and other tests, almost a month after he was found dead in his New York City apartment.

Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a toxic mix of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and other drugs, the New York City medical examiner's office told The Hollywood Reporter Friday.

Hoffman's official manner and cause of death is accidental acute mixed-drug intoxication, consisting of heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine.

Friday's announcement ends a nearly monthlong mystery about Hoffman's cause of death, initially assumed to be a heroin overdose, as he was found with a needle sticking out of his arm on the bathroom floor of his New York City apartment.

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The police found several envelopes of heroin, used and unused syringes and various prescription drugs in the West Village residence. According to CNN, investigators found more than 20 used syringes in a plastic cup and many bags containing white powder. An initial autopsy on the Oscar-winning actor, performed shortly after he was found dead on Feb. 2, was inconclusive, meaning that further tests, including a toxicology study, would need to be done to determine his cause and manner of death.

The results of those tests show that Hoffman had also ingested cocaine and other drugs.

Hoffman had undergone treatment for drug addiction in the past and said last year that he had been clean for 23 years before "falling off the wagon" in 2012. In May, Hoffman entered a detox facility and completed a 10-day program for his use of prescription drugs and heroin.

The actor, who was laid to rest at a funeral attended by Hollywood's finest on Feb. 7, left behind three young children, Tallulah, Cooper and Willa, whom he had with his longtime partner, costume designer Mimi O'Donnell. He also had two sisters, Jill and Emily, and a brother, Gordy Hoffman, who scripted the 2002 film Love Liza, in which Philip starred.

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The actor's will was revealed last week. In it, he left all his personal property to O'Donnell and set up a trust for his son, according to copies obtained by various media outlets. Hoffman's will was written almost 10 years ago, prior to the birth of his two daughters. Hoffman also named O'Donnell as Cooper's guardian and the trustee of his funds.

Considered one of the finest actors of his generation, Hoffman won the best actor Oscar for his role as Truman Capote in 2005's Capote and received supporting actor Academy Award nods for his work in Charlie Wilson's War (2007), Doubt (2008) and The Master (2012). He received Tony Award noms for True West (2000), Long Day's Journey Into Night (2003) and, as Willy Loman, in Death of a Salesman (2012).

He recently appeared as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and was set to repeat that role in the two-part final chapter of the Hunger Games series: Mockingjay. Indeed, Hoffman had nearly completed filming of Mockingjay -- Part 1, set for release in November and had seven days of filming remaining on Part 2. He also was set to star in the Showtime series Happyish.

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