Philip Seymour Hoffman dies: About 70 bags of heroin found (Update)
Investigators found about 70 bags of heroin in the New York City apartment of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead on Sunday at the residence.
The Oscar-winning actor of movies such as "Capote" and "The Master," who has battled drug abuse in the past, was found motionless in his bathroom and a hypodermic needle was sticking out of his arm, while evidence of heroin was found at the scene, police sources had told ABC News that day. He was pronounced dead at the scene. On Monday, the outlet reported that NYPD investigators found 70 dime bags of the narcotic, as well as used syringes, drug paraphernalia and prescription drugs inside the apartment.
UPDATE: They had previously said the number of heroin bags found was 50. ABC News added that out of the 70 found, five were empty and the other 65 were unused. The cause of Hoffman's death has not yet been revealed. An autopsy is planned and toxicology results are expected to be released in March. Police are continuing to investigate.
Police sources told ABC News that Hoffman was supposed to pick up his son and two daughters, his children with girlfriend Mimi O'Donnell, on Sunday but never showed up and was last seen at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday. On Sunday around 11:15 a.m. ET, his friend and screenwriter David Bar Katz found Hoffman unconscious on the bathroom floor of his apartment and called 911.
The actor reportedly underwent treatment for addictions to heroin and prescription drugs last year. Hoffman had said on the CBS show "60 Minutes" in 2006 that he battled addictions to drugs and alcohol when he was a teenager. After undergoing rehab at age 22, he then became sober.
Philip Seymour Hoffman's family issues statement
"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone," the actor's family said in a statement. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers."
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Hoffman won an Oscar for his leading role in the 2005 film "Capote." He was also nominated for Oscars for his performances in the movies "The Master", "Charlie Wilson's War" and "Doubt" and has also appeared in films such as "The Big Lebowski," "Almost Famous" and the "Hunger Games" films, playing Plutarch Heavensbee. He recently and reprised his role in the third and fourth movies in the series, the two-part "Mockingjay."
He also starred on Broadway and had appeared in a 2012 revival of "Death of a Salesman." ABC News reported that Broadway theaters will dim their marquees for one minute at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday in Hoffman's memory.
Pictured above: Philip Seymour Hoffman appears at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 17 to promote his latest movie "God's Pocket." He posed for photos with co-star Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men" fame and spoke with OTRC.com about the film and about "The Hunger Games." Click on the images above to watch the videos.