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Yesterday (February 2) Oscar Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment from what appears to be a heroin overdose. While no official cause of death has been released as of publishing, various outlets report officials found heroin when they discovered Philip’s body. Now TMZ adds that the 46-year-old actor’s death may be related to a “deadly strain of the drug.”

We know what you’re thinking: There’s a non-deadly strain of heroin? Not exactly but one current theory related to Philip’s death is that the drug that may have killed him is connected to a strain of heroin that has killed dozens of others along the East Coast in the past month. TMZ reports this particular strain is laced with fentanyl, a potent drug typically used by terminal cancer patients as a last resort pain medication that’s 10 to 100 times stronger than morphine.

Reports are still rolling in as to what was found at Philip’s apartment with TMZ claiming 50 bags of heroin were found (an earlier TMZ report put that number at 10). Law enforcement officials tell the site, “everything’s in play” until they receive results back from toxicology as to Philip’s cause of death.

Our thoughts are with his friends, family, and fans during this difficult time.

Sources: TMZTMZ, CNN


Elisabeth Kramer is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Downton Abbey expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!