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4 Arrested in Philip Seymour Hoffman's Overdose Death

By February 5, 2014

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Four suspected drug dealers have been arrested in a Chinatown apartment in connection with the investigation into the heroin overdose death of award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. The Academy Award-winning Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment Sunday morning, the victim of an apparent heroin overdose.

Police found 70 bags of heroin in the apartment, five empty and 65 full, according to reports.

Detectives used stamps on the bags and information from local precincts to trace the source of the heroin. Two days later police received a tip that the heroin came from a specific building in Chinatown. Around 7 p.m. Tuesday, officers raided the Mott Street building and took four people into custody.

Hoffman, 46, was found around 11 a.m. Suday in t-shirt and shorts on his bathroom floor with a needle in his left arm, police said. He was supposed to pick up his three children Sunday and failed to show up.

Along with the bags of heroin, investigators also found prescription drugs, including a prescription for buprenorphine, a drug used by addicts to help quit heroin.

Long Struggle With Substance Abuse

Friends said Hoffman had completed a stint in rehab in 2013 and was struggling with his long-time battle with substance abuse. He admitted recently to falling off the wagon.

His family released a statement following his death:

"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone," the statement said. "This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers."

News Source: New York Daily Times. "Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at 46: Police arrest 4 in connection with actor's overdose on heroin." February 4, 2014.

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February 13, 2014 at 8:10 pm
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