AP Sources: Hoffman Probe Tip Leads To 4 Arrests

NEW YORK (AP) - Four people are in custody on drug charges after police investigating the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman executed search warrants at three New York City apartments.

Two people with knowledge of the investigation say a confidential source provided a tip that the suspects may have supplied Hoffman drugs. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because investigators have not obtained evidence to corroborate the reported connection.

Police say undisclosed quantities of heroin and marijuana were found Tuesday night.

Hoffman was found dead Sunday with a syringe in his arm.

The NYPD's intensive effort to determine the source of the drugs in an apparent accidental overdose is unusual. Courts have found that under state law drug dealers cannot be held liable for a customer's death.


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Law enforcement officials say Philip Seymour Hoffman was found with a syringe in his arm and a drug overdose is suspected as his cause of death.

The two officials spoke Sunday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak about evidence found at the scene.

The officials say glassine envelopes they suspect contained heroin were also found in Hoffman's New York City apartment. Those items are being tested.

They say Hoffman's body was discovered by two people: a friend who made the 911 call and his assistant.

He won an Academy Award for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote."


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American actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman has died. He was 46.

The Academy Award winner was found in his Manhattan apartment at 35 Bethune St. in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan this morning morning, according to the New York Police Department, which is investigating.

The cause of death has not yet been determined.

Hoffman won the Best Actor Academy Award for his leading role in the 2005 film "Capote."

He was nominated for three other best supporting actor Oscars, for his work in Charlie Wilson's War, Doubt, and The Master.


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