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Ad banned for 'offensive' Hoffman death reference

An advert referring to the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been banned after the advertising watchdog decided it was "likely to cause serious offence".

The advert, which appeared in the Evening Standard the day after Hoffman's death, was for a book by Alain de Botton entitled 'The News: A User's Manual'.

Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment in February this year. Credit: Associated Press

The headline featured was "Philip Seymour Hoffman's drug overdose eclipses interest in sculpture trail", with text underneath asking readers why they were more interested in the actor's fate than with a cultural project that would affect their own city.

The Advertising Standards Authority criticised the advert for referring to Hoffman's death "in such a manner and in such detail" in order to sell a product was likely to offend some people.

Philip Seymour Hoffman 'died of a drug overdose'

Philip Seymour Hoffman 'died of drug overdose' Credit: ICHARD GOLDSCHMIDT/New Zulu/Press Association Images

Film star and actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead in his New York apartment on February 2 with a needle in his arm, died of an accidental overdose of drugs, a New York City Chief Medical Examiner said.

The cause of death was acute drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine, according to Julie Bolcer, spokeswoman for the Medical Examiner's Office.

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Four charged with drug offences after Hoffman death

Four people arrested in New York have been charged with drugs offences possibly connected to narcotics found at the home of film star Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death of an apparent heroin overdose, police officials said.

The four were arrested during a raid on a building in the Chinatown district of Manhattan yesterday after police traced what they believe to have been the source of the heroin suspected of killing the Oscar-winning actor.

Four men charged with drug offences following the death of Hollywood actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Credit: RICHARD GOLDSCHMIDT/New Zulu/Press Association Images

New York police Sergeant Thomas Antonetti, without linking the arrests to Hoffman's death, named the four as Robert Vineberg, 57, Thomas Cushman, 48, Max Rosenblum and Juliana Luchkiw, both 22.

The older two were charged with felony drug possession and the younger two were charged with misdemeanor drug possession, he said.

One law enforcement source confirmed to NBC that Philip Seymour Hoffman's phone number was found on the cell phone of one the men arrested during the raid.

Broadway to dim lights in memory of Hoffman

The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman who died on Sunday at the age of 46.

Stars from around the world have paid tribute to the actor who was found dead in his New York City apartment as a result of a suspected drug overdose.

Philip Seymour Hoffman died on Sunday at the age of 46. Credit: Reuters

The Broadway League announced that it will be dim its lights on Wednesday at 7:45pm in memory of the celebrated actor.

"Philip Seymour Hoffman, a three-time Tony Award nominee, was a true artist who loved the theatre," Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League.

"His prolific body of work encompassed various mediums including theatre, film, and television, and we'll always be grateful for his boundless and profound talent that he shared with us on the Broadway stage. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and fans."

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'About 50 bags of heroin' found in Hoffman's apartment

Law enforcement sources told America's NBC News that items found in Philip Seymour Hoffman's apartment include:

  • About 50 bags of heroin - some used, some unused
  • Six bottles of prescription drugs used to treat high blood pressure, ADHD, anxiety and addiction

One source told NBC that overdose was the leading theory and toxicology results will determine the cause of death in the coming days.

Seymour Hoffman post-mortem 'carried out today'

Philip Seymour Hoffman pictured at the Sundance Film Festival on January 17th. Credit: Empics

A post-mortem examination will be carried out on the body of Philip Seymour Hoffman today, CNN reported, citing a New York City spokeswoman.

Police were combing his New York apartment for evidence yesterday, the report said, working on the assumption that the actor died of a heroin overdose.

Gwyneth Paltrow: 'Philip was a true genius'

Gwyneth Paltrow has paid tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who she starred alongside in The Talented Mr Ripley.

The Hollywood star posted a picture of herself with Jude Law and Hoffman who she called "a true genius".

Gwyneth Paltrow posted this picture with the caption: Ischia 1998, post dinner, post shooting.Philip was a true genius.
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