Four arrested in connection with
drugs at actor Hoffman's home: report
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[February 05, 2014]
By Dan Whitcomb
(Reuters) — Four people were arrested on Tuesday in connection
with drugs found at the home of film star Philip Seymour Hoffman
following his death of an apparent heroin overdose, the New York
Daily News reported, citing unidentified police sources.
The arrests came during a raid on a building in the Chinatown
district of Manhattan after police traced the heroin believed to
have killed the Oscar-winning actor there, the newspaper
A New York City Police Department spokesman told Reuters that
officers found narcotics at the building in Chinatown and four
people were arrested. He declined to confirm that the arrests
were related to Hoffman's death.
A second police spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday evening that
heroin found in Hoffman's apartment following his death was not
cut or mixed with fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic believed by
health authorities to be responsible for scores of overdose
deaths in recent months.
"There was no fentanyl found in the drugs," the spokesman said.
The 46-year-old actor was found unresponsive on the bathroom
floor of his Manhattan apartment on Sunday by police responding
to an emergency 911 call.
Police found Hoffman with a syringe in his arm and recovered
plastic bags containing a substance believed to be heroin. Law
enforcement sources have told Reuters that he died of an
apparent drug overdose.
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Preliminary results of an autopsy were expected to
be released on Wednesday.
Hoffman, who is survived by his partner, Mimi O'Donnell, and their
three children, had detailed his struggles with substance abuse in
The actor, who earned an Academy Award for his portrayal of Truman
Capote in the 2006 drama "Capote" and was considered one of the most
gifted film stars of his generation, had sought treatment last year
after more than 20 years of sobriety.
A representative for Hoffman said the actor, who also appeared in
such blockbusters as "Twister" and "The Hunger Games," would be
buried in a private memorial service, with a memorial planned for
later this month.
(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb in Los
Angeles; editing by Eric Walsh and Lisa Shumaker)
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