Philip Seymour Hoffman introduced himself as a heroin addict

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Philip Seymour Hoffman died on Sunday of an apparent drug overdose.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death came as a tremendous shock to his fans. He himself, though, didn’t try to hide that he had a problem: Just two weeks ago, he introduced himself to a stranger as a heroin addict.

Magazine publisher John Arundel was at the Sundance Film Festival recently, where he began chatting with Hoffman, whom he did not recognize. Arundel asked what he did for a living. “He said, ‘I’m a heroin addict,’ ” Arundel told the New York Post.

Hoffman then took off his “sloppy hat,” at which point Arundel recognized the star. Before he walked away, Hoffman added, “I just got out of rehab.”

It’s especially heartbreaking to know that Hoffman was fully aware of the dangerous path he was on, but was unable to stop.

Hoffman was found dead Sunday in his Manhattan apartment. According to police, he was found in his bathroom with a needle still in his arm. Hoffman had been sober for 20 years, sources say, until a relapse in May.


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