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  • 2 March 2014, 3:22

Philip Seymour Hoffman Died From Drugs Mix

Philip Seymour Hoffman died from a toxic mix of drugs, including heroin and cocaine, New York's medical examiner has said.

Hoffman's body was discovered in his New York City home on February 2 with a needle in his arm, officials said.

Dozens of envelopes containing heroin were found inside the Oscar-winning actor's West Village apartment.

New York's chief medical examiner ruled his death was caused by "acute mixed drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine".

The death was ruled an accident.

Hoffman spoke openly of his battle with drugs, but after 23 years sober he admitted in interviews to renewed substance abuse problems.

Police had been investigating the 46-year-old's death as a suspected drug overdose.

Within days of Hoffman's body being found, four people were arrested in connection with heroin possession.

One of them, jazz musician Robert Vineberg, said he was a friend of Hoffman's, but he denied selling the heroin found in the actor's apartment.

Vineberg has not been charged in Hoffman's death.

Hoffman, widely considered among the best actors of his generation, was nominated four times for an Academy Award.

He earned the coveted Oscar for his portrayal of American writer Truman Capote in 2005.

He also received three Tony nominations for his work on Broadway, which included an acclaimed turn in 2012 as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman.

Some of Hollywood's biggest stars attended Hoffman's wake and funeral service in Manhattan.

The actor left behind his partner of 15 years, Mimi O'Donnell, and the couple's three children - 10-year-old Cooper, seven-year-old Tallulah and five-year-old Willa.

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