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NYC coroner: Philip Seymour Hoffman died from toxic mix of drugs, including heroin, cocaine

In this Jan. 19, 2014 file photo, Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. A spokesperson for the New York City Medical Examiner announced on Friday, Feb. 28, that Hoffman’s death an accident. The Oscar-winning actor’s body was found on Feb. 2 with a needle still in his arm. Officials say he died from a toxic mix of heroin and other drugs.
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February 28, 2014 - 2:29 PM

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Officials say actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died from a toxic mix of heroin and other drugs.

A spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner said Friday that Hoffman died from a mix of heroin, cocaine, amphetamines and benzodiazepines (ben-zoh-dy-AZ'-uh-peens), which are psychoactive drugs such as Librium.

The death was ruled an accident.

Police had been investigating his death as a suspected drug overdose.

Law enforcement officials have said Hoffman was found Feb. 2 with a needle in his arm, and tests found heroin in samples from at least 50 packets in his Manhattan apartment.

The 46-year-old star of "Capote" and "The Master" said in interviews last year that he had sought treatment for a heroin problem after 23 years of sobriety.

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