AP sources: Hoffman found dead with syringe in arm

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NEW YORK (AP) Law enforcement officials say Philip Seymour Hoffman was found with a syringe in his arm and a drug overdose is suspected as his cause of death.

The two officials spoke Sunday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak about evidence found at the scene.

The officials say glassine envelopes they suspect contained heroin were also found in Hoffman's New York City apartment. Those items are being tested.

They say Hoffman's body was discovered by two people: a friend who made the 911 call and his assistant.

He won an Academy Award for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote."

Updated at 1:44 PM
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Police say Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead in his New York City apartment. He was 46.

Hoffman was found dead Sunday afternoon in his Manhattan home. His cause of death wasn't officially determined.

Hoffman, who was no matinee idol figure with his tubby, lumpy build and limp blond hair, made his career mostly as a character actor. He was nominated for Oscars four times in all, winning in 2005 for "Capote."

One of his breakthrough roles came as a gay member of a porno film crew in "Boogie Nights." He often played comic, slightly off-kilter characters in movies like "The Big Lebowski" and "Almost Famous." More recently, he had a role in "Moneyball" as the grumpy manager of the Oakland Athletics.


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