4 Arrested in Connection to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death

Investigators find 350 bags of heroin in lower Manhattan apartments of suspected drug dealers.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman at an NBA basketball game.

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, seen here in December 2013, withdrew $1,200 from an ATM the day before his death, CNN sources say.

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Police arrested four people Tuesday in connection to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death, sources told The New York Times  and CNN. Three men and one woman were arrested after narcotics officials executed search warrants for three apartments in lower Manhattan and recovered 350 bags containing what is thought to be heroin.

Though investigators are still waiting for autopsy results, heroin overdose is believed to be the cause of the acclaimed actor’s death, as Hoffman was found Sunday morning in his New York apartment with a syringe still in his arm and with 50 bags of heroin and other drugs. Early tests of the heroin in Hoffman’s apartment found it did not have any traces of fentanyl, the cancer drug linked to dozens of heroin deaths in the North East in recent months.

[READ: Analyzing Philip Seymour Hoffman's Heroin Addiction]


According to CNN sources, Hoffman had withdrawn $1,200 from a grocery story ATM the day before his death and was seen that evening talking to two men with messenger bags. Hoffman, who was 46 when he died, was known to have struggled with drug addiction. In 2006 he told “60 Minutes” he went to rehab for substance abuse after he graduated from college. Last May, he checked himself into a 10-day detox program after he started abusing prescription pills and snorting heroin.