Earlier this month, one of Hollywood's truly great actors and directors was found dead in his Manhattan apartment. It wasn't any secret that Philip Seymour Hoffman had dealt with his fair share of demons, but by all appearances, he seemed to have his life under control. However, it all proved to be too much.
The preliminary report stated that Hoffman was found on the floor of his bathroom with a needle in his arm. Heroin seemed to be the culprit.
In an official report, by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in New York, the cause of death is listed as "acute mixed drug intoxication" from a combination of heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines (anti-anxiety) and amphetamines (such as Adderall).
As TMZ notes, mixing heroin and cocaine is a lethal concoction, known as "speedbailing," which only exacerbates the damage to the body. River Phoenix infamously died in similar fashion outside of The Viper Room in Los Angeles in 1993.
Hoffman was known for such outstanding roles as Truman Capote in Capote (2005), Art Howe in Moneyball (2011) and Plutarch Heavensbee in Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), among so many others.
Soon after the news broke on Feb. 2, Hoffman's family released a heartbreaking statement: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. 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."