Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death: Everything We Know So Far (UPDATED)
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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death: Everything We Know So Far (UPDATED)

The sudden death of Philip Seymour Hoffman on Sunday, February 2, 2014, shocked friends, family, and fans. The actor, whose highly acclaimed work includes one Oscar win, was 46 years old at the time of his death and leaves behind three young children. The manner of his death is still being investigated, but as of publishing it’s believed to be the result of a heroin overdose. His body was discovered in his New York City apartment.

While authorities continue to investigate Philip’s passing, Wetpaint Entertainment has collected the latest details about his death. Check back as we’ll be updating the story with the latest information as available.

May 2013

Philip checks himself into a 10-day detox program. After remaining sober for more than 20 years, Philip began taking prescription drugs and snorting heroin in the year prior to his rehab stay.

Friday, February 1, 2014

Approximately 8 p.m. ET: Philip is seen grabbing dinner at Slim’s Automatic in New York, ordering a cheeseburger and cranberry soda.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

11:15 a.m. ET: According to the Wall Street Journal, Philip’s friend, screenwriter David Katz, went to Philip’s apartment and called 911 around 11:15 a.m. local time upon discovering Philip unconscious in his bathroom. David had become concerned when Philip did not show to pick up his children at 9 a.m. Sunday, according to TMZ.

1:22 p.m. ET: The Wall Street Journal breaks the news that Philip has been found dead in his apartment. WSJ reporter Pervaiz Shallwani begins tweeting updates including that Philip was found dead with a needle in his left arm and empty glassine envelopes.

5 p.m. ET: Philip’s family releases a statement. “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone,” they write. Fans continue an outpouring of support via social media as celebrities respond to the news.

6:32 p.m. ET: Filming on the latest Hunger Games installment, in which Philip played Plutarch Heavensbee, is set to continue with the release dates of both remaining the same. He reportedly had seven days remaining on the filming of the final chapter, Mockingjay — Part 2.

Monday, February 3, 2014

6:52 a.m. ET: We hear one of Philip’s latest projects, Happyish on Showtime, is unlikely to continue after his sudden death.

9:20 a.m. ET: New reports suggest Philip may have died as result of fentanyl-laced heroin, a stronger, more potent form of the drug.

12:56 p.m. ET: Philip may have had more than 50 bags of heroin in his apartment at the time of his death, a fivefold increase from the ten bags first reported.

5:00 p.m. ET: Us Weekly is reporting via ABC News that there were 65, not 50, unused bags of heroin found at Philips' home. They also found five empty bags and used syringes, one of which was found sticking out of the actor's arm when they discovered his body. The police are currently investigating the purity and supplier of the drugs, but his death does not appear to be a result of fentanyl-laced heroin, as speculated earlier in the day.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

11:06 p.m. ET: The New York Post reports four are arrested in relation to Philip’s death. Robert Vineberg, Thomas Kushman, Max Rosenblum, and Juliana Luchkiw may have been the ones to sell Philip the heroin found at his apartment.

We will to continue to update this story as more developments arise.

Sources: New York Post, Wall Street Journal, Pervaiz Shallwani on Twitter, TMZ, Us Weekly via ABC News (February 2, 2014)

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

02.3.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Elisabeth Kramer
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