It’s official. According to the New York medical examiner, Philip Seymour Hoffman died from an accidental drug overdose. Actually they’re calling it “acute mixed drug intoxication,” but it’s hard to care when we’re all just so sad over this situation.
The 46-year-old Oscar winner was found dead nearly four weeks ago in his New York apartment with a hypodermic needle in his arm. The actor had struggled with drug addiction in his 20s. After 23 years of sobriety, he reportedly fell back into it in 2012, and did a rehab stint in 2013.
According to the report, Hoffman’s body contained traces of heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines (an anti-anxiety medication), and amphetamine. His death has been ruled an accident.
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Hoffman is survived by his estranged longtime partner Mimi O’Donnell and their three children.
His death was shocking in that it’s hard to imagine someone falling off the wagon after more than two decades of sobriety, but it’s a harsh reminder of the power of addiction. Once you get into that stuff, it seems to haunt you forever.
If an uber-successful actor with a family including three gorgeous kiddos he adored and more money than most of us would know what to do with could be lured back into using, then it can happen to anyone.
Have you ever known anyone that struggled with addiction or struggled with it yourself?
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