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NYC official: Philip Seymour Hoffman died of toxic mix of drugs

Staff reports Updated: February 28, 2014 at 2:09 pm

NEW YORK — Officials say actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died from a toxic mix of heroin and other drugs.

A spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner said Friday that Hoffman died from a mix of heroin, cocaine, amphetamines and benzodiazepines (ben-zoh-dy-AZ'-uh-peens), which are psychoactive drugs such as Librium.

The death was ruled an accident.

Police had been investigating his death as a suspected drug overdose.

Law enforcement officials have said Hoffman was found Feb. 2 with a needle in his arm, and tests found heroin in samples from at least 50 packets in his Manhattan apartment.

The 46-year-old star of "Capote" and "The Master" said in interviews last year that he had sought treatment for a heroin problem after 23 years of sobriety.

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