4 Arrested in Drug OD Death of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Rucuss staffFebruary 5, 2014

Four people have been arrested on drug charges after the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

New York police arrested three men and a woman at a Chinatown apartment late Tuesday in connection with the alleged heroin overdose of the Oscar winner. Police were able to capture the four after receiving a tip. Police refused to discuss the relationship between the arrests and Hoffman’s death over the weekend.

The Los Angeles Times reports police had recovered heroin packaged in the same way as the drugs found in Hoffman’s West Village apartment. Dealers usually brand their products and police are able to identify them that way.


Hoffman, 46, was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of his apartment on Sunday morning. The heroin needle was still in Hoffman’s arm when paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

A witness observed Hoffman purchasing heroin from 2 men near his Manhattan apartment after withdrawing $1,200 from an ATM at around 8 p.m. Saturday night. Police found five opened bags of heroin near Hoffman’s body and an additional 65 unopened bags of heroin scattered around his apartment.

The cellophane bags were stamped with the drug dealer’s “Ace of Spades” logo. The drugs were traced back to the building where the four suspects were arrested. Police believe the suspects supplied the heroin that Hoffman purchased on the street before he died.

Hoffman entered rehab for his drug addictions in his early 20s. He was sober for 23 years before he relapsed.

Hoffman won an Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 biographical film Capote, was nominated three times for Best Supporting Actor  His nominations came for his supporting work in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Doubt (2008) and The Master (2012).

Photos via Mirror.co.uk and BusinessInsider.com


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