Nearly a month ago to the day, the world lost the supremely talented Philip Seymour Hoffman.
While police have long speculated that the Academy Award-winning actor’s cause of death was drug-related, the coroner’s report was issued today (February 28), and the situation was far more tragic than previously imagined.
The New York medical examiner’s office stated that at the time of his death, Hoffman had heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine in his body, CNN reports. His death, which was said to be caused by acute mixed drug intoxication, has been ruled an accident.
Hoffman was found on the bathroom floor of his West Village apartment on February 2 with a needle allegedly still in his arm. According to the New York Post, investigators claim that they later discovered “dozens” of baggies of heroin throughout Hoffman’s home, as well as prescription drugs, though there have been conflicting reports.
The actor, best known for his roles in films such as Capote, Almost Famous, Doubt and The Master, had famously been sober for more than 20 years when he relapsed in 2012 and briefly entered rehab the following year.
Hoffman, 46, leaves behind longtime partner Mimi O’Donnell and their three children, Tallulah, Cooper and Willa.
Loved and admired by many for his work both on and off the screen and stage, Hoffman’s premature death is a true loss, and he will be severely missed.