Philip Seymour Hoffman Cause of Death Released: Acute Mixed Drug Intoxication Including Heroin and Cocaine

NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner Public Affairs released the final coroner report

By Natalie Finn Feb 28, 2014 9:00 PMTags
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The sad assumption concerning the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman has been confirmed.

The 46-year-old Oscar winner's official cause of death turned out to be acute mixed drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamines, according to the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner Public Affairs.

His death was also ruled an accident.

Hoffman, who had openly discussed his battle with substance abuse, checked into rehab last year after a relapse following more than two decades of sobriety. He was found dead in the bathroom of his West Village apartment on the morning of Feb. 2, a hypodermic needle stuck in his arm.

Authorities found dozens of packets of heroin at his home, a dozen used syringes and his death was being investigated as a probable accidental overdose.

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The night before he was found, Hoffman—who had been living apart from longtime partner Mimi O'Donnell, with whom he has three kids—had a casual dinner with a couple of male friends and a manager at the restaurant told E! News that the Capote star did not drink alcohol with his dinner, though another man in his party did.

O'Donnell later told police, however, that when she saw Hoffman on the afternoon Feb. 1, and again when she talked to him that night at around 8 p.m., he sounded like he was on drugs.

Jazz musician Robert Vineberg has been charged with felony drug possession, while two others, Max Rosenblum and Juliana Luchkiw, are facing misdemeanor possession charges in connection with the investigation. Vineberg was released from custody Feb. 21 on $40,000 bail, per the New York Daily News.

Friends and loved ones, many of them from the entertainment world that revered Hoffman as an incomparable talent, packed his Feb. 7 funeral at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church in Manhattan. Cate Blanchett, Michelle Williams, Ethan Hawke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, Mary-Louise ParkerSpike Lee and Justin Theroux were among the mourners in attendance.

—Reporting by Lindsay Good