The medical examiner’s report is out: Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a lethal mix of drugs.
The results, released February 28, showed that a combination of cocaine, heroin and other illicit drugs caused the death of the critically acclaimed actor, whose lifeless body was found in his Manhattan loft February 2.
The New York City medical examiner did not cite any indication of overdose, and was not able to identify which specific drug was the main culprit. Dr. Charles McKay, spokesperson for the American College of Medical Toxicology, said in an interview that it would be difficult to pinpoint the killer drug. However, Dr. McKay concluded that the examiner’s report “suggests someone who has been using drugs repetitively”.
This report confirms earlier suspicions that Hoffman was still into drugs, even after undergoing rehab after a relapse in drug use. In fact, his body was discovered with a needle still stuck in his arm.
Included in the mix of drugs that caused the actor’s demise were benzodiazepines and amphetamines, which are prescribed for people who have anxiety and sleeping problems.