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NEWS
February 28, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Philip Seymour Hoffman died accidentally of acute drug intoxication, New York officials announced Friday. Hoffman, an Oscar-winning actor as well as a producer and director, was found in his Manhattan apartment Feb. 2. Drugs, including heroin, were found on the scene. In an email, the office of New York's chief medical examiner confirmed that Hoffman, who had battled addiction, had died from “acute mixed drug intoxication” with substances including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamines.
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NEWS
February 25, 1998
A 16-year-old youth shot himself to death, apparently by accident, while toying with a loaded handgun in front of his friends, police said Tuesday. Jose Montoya, a junior at Valle Lindo Continuation High School, died shortly after 8 p.m. Monday from a gunshot wound to the head, officials said. "He pulls out a .38-caliber revolver from his waistband and points it at his temple, saying, 'Look at me,' and laughing," said El Monte Police Det. David Lazzarini. "At this point we think it is an accidental death.
WORLD
June 8, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Accidental death has not been ruled out in the disappearance of an Alabama honors student in Aruba, despite the arrest of two men, authorities said. Police and the FBI kept up a search for 18-year-old Natalee Holloway. Officials said the two suspects had not been charged, contrary to previous reports. A spokeswoman for the attorney general said authorities initially had misspoken while trying to explain the situation to reporters in English, a second language in the Dutch territory.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2011 | By Gary Goldstein
Yet another cinematic slice of suburban dysfunction, "The Family Tree" works better as a serious look at a family's second chance at happiness than when it pushes its darkly comic agenda about an Ohio community's various peccadilloes. Director Vivi Friedman's inability to successfully reconcile the film's duality undercuts an eclectic cast gamely committed to Mark Lisson's thematically ambitious, if scattered, script. An ill-gotten clonk on the head gives bitter, two-timing wife Bunnie Burnett (Hope Davis)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1991
The Department of Public Works issued a report Wednesday that outlined procedural changes for the use of heavy-construction machinery in the Skid Row area, after the accidental death of a homeless man run over by a street sweeper in September. An investigation found that police and city escorts did not warn the driver of a city skip loader that the victim, Michael Steriotti, was sleeping uncovered in the path of the sweeper, the report stated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1994 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The California Supreme Court held Monday that the Orange County survivors of a man who voluntarily ingested cocaine and died of an overdose cannot collect life insurance benefits intended to cover deaths by "accidental means." In a 5-2 decision, the court said that the death was not caused by "accidental means" because the deceased could have reasonably anticipated that death or great bodily injury would occur from ingesting a hazardous, illegal drug.
HEALTH
June 11, 2007 | From Times wire reports
The nation's accidental death rate has been gradually creeping higher and is up 12% compared to the lowest rate on record, in 1992, according to a report released Thursday by the National Safety Council. The independent, nonprofit group warned that if the trend continues, the nation could surpass the all-time high of 116,385 accidental deaths, set in 1969. From 1969 until 1992, the rate of accidental deaths -- a number adjusted for population growth -- steadily declined.
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