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Philip Seymour Hoffman died from drug cocktail

Published on Mar 1, 2014 5:51 AM
US actor Philip Seymour Hoffman poses on the red carpet during a screening for the movie The master at the 69th Venice Film Festival in Venice on Sept 1, 2012. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - US actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died after taking a cocktail of drugs that included heroin, cocaine and amphetamines, the New York medical examiner's office said on Friday.

The Oscar-winning star - widely hailed as the finest character actor of his generation - was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on February 2 with a needle still stuck in his arm. He was 46.

The coroner's office said the death appeared accidental, and that Hoffman had suffered "acute mixed drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine." Benzodiazepine, also known as "benzo" or BZD, is a sedative used to treat anxiety or insomnia, but also often improperly used in combination with alcohol and narcotics.

More than 50 sachets of the illegal opiate heroin were foun in Hoffman's apartment at the time of his death, and he was known to have had problems with addiction in his past.

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