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Autopsy set for Hoffman, answers sought on actor's drug use

Published on Feb 4, 2014 6:01 AM
 
A photo of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is pictured as part of a makeshift memorial in front of his apartment building in New York on Feb 3, 2014. The body of acclaimed stage and film actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday of an apparent drug overdose, will undergo an autopsy on Monday, an official said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - The body of acclaimed stage and film actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday of an apparent drug overdose, will undergo an autopsy on Monday, an official said.

One big question in the 46-year-old actor's sudden death: why a talented man at a seemingly good point in his career apparently returned to the drugs that had plagued him in his youth.

Hoffman, considered by many to be one of the finest actors of his generation, was discovered in the bathroom of his Greenwich Village apartment with a syringe in his arm.

New York City police sources familiar with the investigation said 50 small bags of what appeared to be heroin were found in Hoffman's apartment along with other drugs. Police investigating Hoffman's death were trying to determine the source of the substance that apparently killed him.

 
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