autopsy conducted on actor as 50 bags of heroin found in apartment
“We’re conducting the examination in the cause of the manner of death,” Julia Bolcer from the New York City Medical Examiner’s office said.She added that she was not sure when the results would be available.New York City police sources familiar with the investigation said 50 small bags of what appeared to be heroin were found in Hoffman’s apartment.Police were trying to determine the source of the substance that apparently killed Hoffman and whether it was a deadly strain of heroin laced with fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opiate more potent than morphine, sources said.Erin Mulvey, a spokeswoman for the New York office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), confirmed there has been “a rash of heroin ODs in the north east” recently tied to the strain.True artist’s candle flickers out Philip Seymour Hoffman’s own words about art, performance and intention are a fitting tribute to work that has ended far too soon, writes Clementine Ford in The Drum.The autopsy could explain how Hoffman apparently died soon after injecting what seemed to be heroin. But the why burberry outlet was another matter.Although Hoffman was believed to have been sober for more than 20 years, Larissa Mooney, a physician and psychiatry professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said addiction is a chronic brain disease.”People, places and things that remind somebody of using can take a powerful hold and lead users to relapse even after treatment,” burberry outlet she said.Tributes to Hoffman continued pouring in.Marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed on Wednesday night for one minute in memory of the actor.”He was a fixture in the neighbourhood. It’s heartbreaking,” said a tearful Tara Driver, an art education student who lived near Hoffman’s home in the West Village, part of Greenwich Village.Hoffman’s death raises fresh concerns about drug addiction in the industryThe death of Hoffman, who won the b burberry outlet est actor Oscar for his role in the 2005 biographical film Capote, raises new concerns about drug addiction in the entertainment industry.If a heroin overdose is confirmed, Hoffman will join the list of entertainers who have succumbed to drugs in the last decade.Glee actor Cory Monteith, 31, died of an accidental overdose of heroin and alcohol in October in Vancouver last year.Drugs were also the cause of death of Australian ac burberry outlet tor Heath Ledger in 2008 and singer Whitney Houston in 2012.In decades past, overdoses from legal or illegal drugs have claimed the lives of entertainers, including Marilyn Monroe, John Belushi, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.Hoffman spoke in the past of struggling with drugs, including a 2006 interview in which he told CBS he had at times abused “anything I could get my hands on. I liked it all.”Dr Joseph Haraszti, a California based addiction expert, said Hoffman appeared to suffer for his profession.”He also mentioned that acting for him was a very difficult process,” Dr Haraszti said.”He would always take on the most difficult roles but it took a lot out of him.”John Tsilimparis, a psychotherapist in Los Angeles, said fame, fortune and the pressure to perform and maintain an image can be a lethal combination.”In most occupations there are consequences for drug use, people lose their jobs and livelihoods,” he said.