Police: Hoffman's Heroin Didn't Have Additive; Death Investigation Continues

Published 02/05 2014 02:12AM

Updated 02/05 2014 02:13AM


Heroin recovered at Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s New York City apartment has tested negative for the powerful additive fentanyl, NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis told ABC News.

Police are continuing to investigate the death of Hoffman, 46.

A friend found the “Capote” actor dead inside his Manhattan apartment Sunday with a syringe in his arm. Investigators recovered more than 50 bags of heroin, along with syringes, a charred spoon and various prescription medications, including a blood pressure drug and a muscle relaxant, law enforcement officials have said.

Investigators also found the addiction-treatment drug buprenorphine, a medication used to treat addiction to heroin and other narcotics.

Officials initially wondered if the heroin found at Hoffman’s apartment contained fentanyl, a potent synthetic morphine linked to 22 suspected overdose deaths in western Pennsylvania. While official toxicology results are forthcoming – they’ll likely be released next month – preliminary tests of the heroin showed no traces of fentanyl, Davis said.

Hoffman’s autopsy results could also be released Wednesday.

Investigators have determined that the “Capote” star made six ATM transactions for a total of $1,200 inside a supermarket near his home the day before his death, law enforcement officials said.

Hoffman’s death has shaken the acting world. Adept in movies and the stage, Hoffman gained recognition in supporting roles before breaking through to stardom. Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in his memory.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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