NYC official: Hoffman died of toxic mix of drugs

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NYC official: Hoffman died of toxic mix of drugs
In a Jan. 19, 2014 photo Phillip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote" was found dead Sunday in his apartment in New York with what law enforcement officials said was a syringe in his arm. He was 46. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
In this Jan. 19, 2014 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. Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote," was found dead Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in his New York apartment. He was 46. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
In this Jan. 19, 2014 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. Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote," was found dead Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in his New York apartment. He was 46. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
Cast member Philip Seymour Hoffman poses at the premiere of the film "A Most Wanted Man" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)
This Nov. 18, 2013 file photo shows Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" at Nokia Theatre LA Live. Police say Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. He was 46. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
A makeshift memorial is seen outside the home of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in New York. Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday in his apartment of a suspected drug overdose. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
A makeshift memorial sits outside the home of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in New York. Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday in his apartment of a suspected drug overdose. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Police presence is seen outside the home of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in New York. Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote", was found dead Sunday in his apartment. He was 46. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
A man pays his respects outside of the apartment complex of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in New York. Hoffman, who won an Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote", was found dead Sunday in his apartment. He was 46. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A body is take from building of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in New York. Hoffman, who won an Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote", was found dead Sunday in his apartment. He was 46. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police are seen outside the home of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in New York. Hoffman, who won an Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote", was found dead Sunday in his apartment. He was 46. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Flowers are seen outside the home of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in New York. Hoffman, who won an Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote", was found dead Sunday in his apartment. He was 46. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police are seen outside the home of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in New York. Hoffman, who won an Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote", was found dead Sunday in his apartment. He was 46. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
People look toward the home of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in New York . Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote" and created a gallery of other vivid characters, many of them slovenly and slightly dissipated figures, was found dead Sunday in his apartment. He was 46. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police are seen outside the home of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in New York . Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote" and created a gallery of other vivid characters, many of them slovenly and slightly dissipated figures, was found dead Sunday in his apartment. He was 46. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police are seen outside the home of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in New York . Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote" was found dead Sunday in his apartment. He was 46. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Staff member from the medical examiners office, left, enters the building containing the home of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in New York. Hoffman was found dead in his Greenwich village apartment Sunday. He was 46. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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NEW YORK (AP) -- A toxic mix of heroin and other drugs killed Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, New York City officials said Friday.

Hoffman died from a mix of heroin, cocaine, amphetamines and benzodiazepines, which are psychoactive drugs, said a spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner. The death was ruled an accident.

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.

Police had been investigating his death as a suspected drug overdose. An autopsy in February was inconclusive and medical examiners said more tests were needed.

Authorities also found unused syringes, a charred spoon and various prescription medications, including a drug used to treat heroin addiction, a blood-pressure medication and a muscle relaxant.

Hoffman, 46, who won an Oscar for "Capote" and starred in numerous other movies as well as New York stage productions, had been frank about struggling with substance abuse. He told CBS' "60 Minutes" in 2006 that had he used "anything I could get my hands on" before getting clean at age 22. But in interviews last year, he said he'd relapsed, had developed a heroin problem and had gone to rehab for a time.

Investigators have been probing how Hoffman may have obtained the heroin. Tests of the heroin in his apartment have found that it was not cut with a dangerous additive such as fentanyl, a synthetic form of morphine used to intensify the high that has been linked to deaths in other states.

A musician, veteran jazz player Robert Vineberg, has been charged with keeping a heroin stash in a lower Manhattan apartment amid the investigation into Hoffman's death. Vineberg, who has said he was a friend of the Tony Award-nominated Hoffman, hasn't been charged in Hoffman's death and has said he didn't sell him the heroin found in his apartment.

As police followed a tip after Hoffman's death, they said they found about 300 small bags of heroin, worth about $10 apiece on the street, and $1,300 in cash in Vineberg's apartment and music studio.
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