He’d recently split from his long-time partner Mimi O’Donnell and was living alone in his West Village apartment in lower Manhattan.
He was late picking up his three children, so an assistant went to check on him. Hoffman’s body was found lying on the bathroom floor.
He was dressed in boxer shorts and a tee-shirt and still had a needle sticking in his arm, according to police. The needle was one of 20-used syringes found in a plastic cup by investigators, suggesting Hoffman may have been shooting up for days.
A number of empty bags were found stamped with “Ace of Hearts.” Others, unused, were labeled “Ace of Hearts.” Those brand names have not been associated with a particularly deadly brand of heroin that’s been found to be laced with Fentatyl, a powerful painkiller.
In addition, police found a virtual pharmacopoeia of prescription drugs. Some seem to have legitimate medical uses, such as clonidine hydrochloride, a drug to treat high blood pressure, and buprenorphine, used to treat drug addiction.
But other drugs are often abused. They include Vyvanse, used to treat hyperactivity and muscle relaxer methocarbamol.
Oxycontin, a powerful painkiller also known as Hillbilly heroin because of its widespread abuse in poor rural communities, was also found, according to radaronline.
It’s unknown at this point whether Hoffman had prescriptions for the drugs. Police are also trying to determine whether anyone was with Hoffman when he died and where and how he obtained the drugs.
The New York medical examiner’s office is expected to conduct an autopsy today (Feb.3), but a toxicology report likely won’t be available for weeks.
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