February 28, 2014 |
Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an accidental overdose involving a powerful cocktail of drugs, authorities announced Friday. Heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine were found in the actor's system, causing "acute drug intoxication," according to the report from New York's Office of Chief Medical Examiner. Hoffman's body was found Feb. 2 in the bathroom of his New York apartment with a syringe still in his forearm, so confirmation of an overdose wasn't unexpected, though the details shed some further light on the extent of the actor's drug use. Taking heroin with cocaine is known as "speedballing," which also killed stars John Belushi and River Phoenix.
February 26, 2014 |
One of the two friends who discovered Philip Seymour Hoffman's body in his apartment has withdrawn a lawsuit against the National Enquirer after reaching a settlement with the tabloid. David Bar Katz has come to an agreement with the Enquirer over a story that falsely claimed he and Hoffman were gay lovers who had free-based cocaine the night before the actor died. Katz, a playwright, told the New York Times he will use the settlement to set up the American Playwriting Foundation, which will give out an annual prize of $45,000 for an unproduced play. It will be called the Relentless Award, in Hoffman's honor.
February 19, 2014 |
Philip Seymour Hoffman had little love for L.A. -- at least as far as his last will and testament indicates. In his 2004 will, the Oscar-winning actor gave direction on where he wanted son Cooper, then his only child, to be raised in his absence. Missing from the list was the home of Hollywood. “It is my strong desire ... that my son, Cooper Hoffman, be raised and reside in or near the borough of Manhattan in the state of New York, or Chicago, Illinois, or San Francisco, California,” he wrote in the document, obtained by outlets including TMZ and the New York Post , which has it posted online.
February 13, 2014 |
Now that we've had time to digest the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death from an apparent heroin overdose on Feb. 2, and to debate the nature of addiction, the conversation has started to shift to the country's surge in heroin use and how to prevent accidental deaths with naloxone. Naloxone, if you haven't yet heard, is a highly effective, nonaddictive drug used to reverse overdoses. Lynne Lyman, California state director for the Drug Policy Alliance, actually wrote an Op-Ed about it in last year's Opinion pages, making a persuasive case for expanding its availability.
February 13, 2014 |
Finally, instead of TMZ, is America saying TMI? Too much information about a celebrity? The NBC news accounts of Philip Seymour Hoffman's “secret diaries” - two volumes found in his apartment - are getting some surprising pushback. The Times' story on the NBC exclusive cites Twitter comments about the diaries - not their contents but NBC's revealing them - as “pretty tacky that anon police are offering news orgs Philip Seymour Hoffman's diary.” And so on: “simply nauseatingly intrusive” and “just despicable.” The Times' story itself attracted a comment in the same vein: “This is a ridiculous invasion of privacy ... he did not shoot up a school, murder his wife ... he killed himself, why do they need to know what's in his diary?
February 11, 2014 |
Philip Seymour Hoffman's death from an apparent heroin overdose on Feb. 2 has prompted a wave of news reports, think pieces and remembrances. But NBC News seems to be pushing things further. The network has published a story about the contents of the private diaries police recovered from Hoffman's home, which, in shedding light on the actor's struggles with addiction, also raise questions of privacy and propriety. According to the NBC report , the diaries "reveal a man who was troubled by 'demons' and struggled to control them with Narcotics Anonymous meetings.