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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Cause of Death: Heroin, Cocaine, & Prescription Drug Overdose

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Cause of Death: Heroin, Cocaine, & Prescription Drug Overdose

Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s official cause of death was just released by the medical examiner, and was found to be a deadly overdose of heroin, cocaine, and prescription drugs, TMZ reports.

The medical examiner released his cause of death earlier this month as acute mixed drug intoxication, before releasing a more thorough report today.

Philip tragically passed away earlier this month at the age of 46 after he was found in his apartment, reportedly with a needle in his arm. Drugs were suspected immediately, as there were also bags of heroin found about the apartment.

Our continued thoughts go out to Philip‘s family and friends.

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  • Stop

    Enough already. Who cares.

  • sad

    Very sad, but hard to believe this was an accidental overdose.

  • Yikes

    Looks like he wanted to die.

  • GFW

    It must suck being you. You too one day will die. But before then please try growing up as what you’ve said is 100% insensitive, rude, and not to mention mean. You insult your parents by saying such vile ugly things on the internet or not. Shame on you.

  • lost girl

    Sooo sad, but I feel its no ones business how he died, it should be kept private, yes we all knew, but to “confirm” blah blah blah, we’ve become such a media hungry be in everyones biz, leave the poor thing in peace.

  • True


  • disgusting ppl

    stupid, dumb and white. of course he overdosed. white people are just as disgusting as n i g g e r s & no good beaners

  • FaithHillFANatic

    I recognized a few of the drugs (by their name(s))that were listed. However, I am curious as to what benzodiazepines and amphetamines are? What are they used for?? Thanks for any help and information. I don’t have the right to judge someone for doing drugs. Yes, drugs are bad and many times they can be fatal. That doesn’t take away from the fact that he has children who are heart broken. I know its hard to understand for some people as to why he started doing drugs again. Only He knows the real reason. Only Philip knows what inner demons surfaced within himself and he tried to keep them quiet by silencing then with drugs. My heart truly breaks for everyone who is involved, but mostly for his young children who will now have to grow up without a father. That’s sad. I wish Philip could have received the high he was so desperately looking for through drawing, painting, acting…etc. Having a drug habit is no laughing matter. You just don’t start using for no reason. Something must have happen, must have festered inside his heart and soul for so long. He could not take anymore and he was looking for a moment’s peace. I am in no way condoning drug usage, but I do understand it just a little bit more now. Don’t just sit there behind your computer screen and make cruel remakes, comments, posts…etc. Remember that Philip is one of God’s Children who happened to think by taking drugs he could forget what ever traumatic event that may or may not have taken place sometime in his life. Stop judging a book by its cover and realize that no matter how much money he had in the bank or how many movies he made….HE WAS JUST LIKE THE REST OF US. He was human and he paid for this horrible mistake with his life.

  • D

    although I disagree with your anti drug speech, Amphetamines are speed. They’re used as ADD meds and in the past as weight loss medication. They produce similar feelings to methampethamines but have a slower absorbtion into the bodies tissues. Benzodiazepinez are a class of drugs used for depressant, anti psychotic, and pain regulation. A lot of anti-depressants and muscle relaxers are benzos.

  • Alexander

    @FaithHillFANatic: @D:

    Actually, The Benzodiazepine group of medication is used for anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) uses. It is not a anti-Psychotic whatsoever. They are used for treating anxiety, insomnia, agitation, seizures, muscle spasms, alcohol withdrawal and as a premedication for medical or dental procedures. Benzodiazepines are categorized as either short-, intermediate-, or long-acting. Short- and intermediate-acting benzodiazepines are preferred for the treatment of insomnia; longer-acting benzodiazepines are recommended for the treatment of anxiety. Death rarely results when a benzodiazepine is the only drug taken; however, when combined with other central nervous system depressants such as alcohol and opiates, the potential for toxicity and fatal overdose increases. Benzodiazepines are commonly misused and taken in combination with other drugs of abuse.

  • Alexander


    Also most anti-depressants used today are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin–norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) which are nowhere near the pharmacology of benzo’s.

    You are correct that they use benzo’s for muscle relaxant but usually ONLY Valium (Diazepam) and rarely. Most muscle relaxers are in a different family of drugs known as Spasmolytics…

    Benzodiazepines work more with GABAa receptor (and the benzodiazipine site in the brain) in the central nervous system, while muscle relaxers affect the Neuromuscular blockers act by interfering with transmission at the neuromuscular end plate and have no central nervous system (CNS) activity. Benzo’s are CNS depressants.

  • Key

    Guess he was a really troubled guy and he looked so sad in the last pictures of him from Sundance. Too bad it had to end this way for him. He was self-medicating obviously.

  • mrbigg

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