Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died from an "apparent drug overdose" in his New York City apartment, an NYPD spokesman said.
The 46-year-old was found dead in the bathroom of his apartment at 11.30am local time (4.30pm GMT) today.
Hoffman was discovered with a syringe in his arm and "there was heroin found at the scene", the police official added. The Office of Chief Medical Examiner will investigate the exact cause of death.
Richard Pallot reports:
A variation 100 time more potent than heroin - laced with the painkiller Fentanyl - is causing a spike in deaths on the US East Coast.
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