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 reported.
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
"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.
Preliminary results of an autopsy were expected to be released on
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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
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