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Police find 65 bags of heroin in Philip Seymour Hoffman’s apartment

A makeshift memorial sits outside Philip Seymour Hoffman's apartment in Manhattan's Greenwich Village.

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A makeshift memorial sits outside Philip Seymour Hoffman's apartment in Manhattan's Greenwich Village.

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The investigation into Philip Seymor Hoffman’s death continues.

Just one day after the 46-year-old Oscar-winning actor was found dead with a needle in his arm in the bathroom of his Greenwich Village apartment, police told ABC News on Monday that 65 glassine envelopes containing a white powder believed to be heroin were found inside his residence.

Some of the bags were stamped with the ace of hearts symbol — a street name for heroin — while others were marked with that symbol and the words “Ace of Spades,” officials told the Associated Press.

Two unnamed law-enforcement officials tell CNN that police also found five empty envelopes, more than 20 used syringes in a plastic cup, drug paraphernalia and prescription drugs — including blood-pressure medication, an addiction-treatment drug, a drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, hydroxyzine, which is used to treat anxiety, and a muscle relaxer. Authorities are trying to determine whether Hoffman had prescriptions for the drugs.

An autopsy was conducted Monday, and so far there is no official case of death, though officials believe it is a drug overdose.

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone,” Hoffman’s family said in a statement. “This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving.”

On Wednesday, Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights for one minute at 7:45 p.m. in memory of the three-time Tony-nominated actor.

[Last modified: Monday, February 3, 2014 9:30pm]

    

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