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NYC official: Hoffman died of toxic mix of drugs

Officials say actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died from a toxic mix of heroin and other drugs.


NEW YORK (AP) -- 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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