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  • 5 February 2014, 15:27

Philip Seymour Hoffman: 'Four Held Over Drugs'

Police have arrested four people in connection with drugs found inside the New York home of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, according to reports.

A police spokesman confirmed the four people were taken into custody, as officers searched three apartments in a lower Manhattan building.

The spokesman declined to confirm the arrests were related to Hoffman's death.

But news reports say the arrests have been made in relation to substances seized from the actor's Manhattan apartment.

A source reportedly provided a tip that the suspects may have supplied Hoffman with drugs, and police said quantities of heroin and marijuana were found on Tuesday night.

The 46-year-old star was found dead at his home on Sunday morning with what officials said was a needle in his arm.

Police sources said around 50 envelopes - some empty, some unopened - were discovered inside the apartment and that tests showed they contained heroin.

The samples tested negative for the powerful additive fentanyl -  a synthetic morphine which is added to intensify the high and has been linked to 22 suspected overdose deaths in western Pennsylvania.

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

The actor's family has described his death as "tragic and sudden".

A representative for Hoffman said the actor would be buried in a private memorial service, with a memorial planned for later this month.

Preliminary results of an autopsy were expected to be released on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, George Clooney and Matt Damon have paid tribute to him in New York at the premiere of their new movie The Monuments Men.

Clooney, who starred with Hoffman in The Ides Of March, said: "It makes tonight a really, actually a really tricky evening because it's 48 hours after you know Phil (Seymour Hoffman) died.

"And it's in his town and it makes it really difficult to kind of move forward but everybody's kind of putting on a good face and going for it."

Damon, who shared the screen with Hoffman in The Talented Mr Ripley, added: "He was obviously, obviously one of the best actors to ever live.

"Phil was awesome, awesome and generous and one of those actors who was good enough for both of you. Good enough that if you sucked the scene would still be great because he was in it."

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