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How did Phillip Seymour Hoffman die?

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Philip Seymour Hoffman died on Feb. 2, 2014, due to acute mixed drug intoxication. The drugs found in Hoffman's system were heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepine and amphetamine.

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How did Phillip Seymour Hoffman die?
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Born on July 23, 1967, Hoffman was an actor who attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. During his time at university, he abused drugs and alcohol. He checked himself into a rehabilitation program after graduating. Although he claimed to have been sober for over two decades, he abused prescription drugs in 2012 and used heroin in 2013. He went to a rehabilitation program for about 10 days in May 2013.

Hoffman's friend, David Bar Katz, found Hoffman dead with a syringe in his arm in the bathroom of his Manhattan apartment. Detectives found heroin and prescription medications in the apartment. The death was ruled an accident, and it's unknown whether all the substances found in Hoffman's system were consumed on the day he died or on prior days. Hoffman's death came as a surprise to many of his friends, who believed he had his drug use under control.

Hoffman was a highly regarded actor, with multiple award wins and nominations. His role in "Capote" earned him the Academy Award for best actor. He also acted on Broadway, where he was nominated for three Tony Awards.

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