Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Tragic End: Cocaine, Heroin, Rx Pills


It’s sad to say that Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death was a blockbuster. The NYC Coroner has determined Hoffman had cocaine, heroin, and pills in his system. The needle hanging out of his arm was just one piece of the terrible puzzle that did him in. For some reason, just heroin sounded reasonable for an addict. But Hoffman was obviously on a major binge. What makes no sense is why he was alone, or buying drugs on the Lower East Side, taking money out of an ATM for druf dealers– and no one was with him. An Oscar winning actor shooting a major film franchise– and no one was monitoring his activities. His condition could not have been a surprise. There are more questions here than answers. Tragic.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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