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Last pictures of Philip Seymour Hoffman reveal
how his sad relapse cost him his family
after battling to stay sober for 23-years

Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye

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Posted By:earlybird, 2/4/2014 9:23:59 AM

Philip Seymour Hoffman lost his family because of his heroin addiction said friends of the tragic Oscar winning actor who died on Sunday with 70 bags of heroin and 20 used needles inside his home. Refuting all suggestions that the 46-year-old had been kicked out by his partner of 14-years because of an affair - friends confirmed that Hoffman had been asked to leave for the sake of his three children as he was battling a huge drug habit. ´It was known that he was struggling to stay sober, and girlfriend Mimi O’Donnell had given him some tough love and told him

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 2/4/2014 9:36:28 AM     (No. 9718694)

Very sad. Looked much older than his stated age. Can´t be hooked on the needle and be a functioning parent at the same time. A tragedy he didn´t get help. A search of his phone contacts and info from his ex-paramour might help determine who his connection was. Will be interesting if they follow through in trying to find the source of the drugs.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 2/4/2014 9:38:21 AM     (No. 9718695)

Didn´t this man have even one person in his life who cared enough about him to get him under lock and key?

I heard or read somewhere that he had been "clean" for close to 20 years, then had this relapse that finally killed him, but his downhill slide had been going on for months. It just seems to me like someone should have taken charge of him. Maybe it wasn´t possible. I wasn´t there, so I don´t know, but so many of these celebrity types die like this and it always makes me wonder where their friends are.

Of all of the photos in this article and others that I´ve seen of him, and of the film footage that´s been aired, I don´t recognize him. I don´t guess I´ve ever seen him in a movie [if I did, he didn´t make an impression], but apparently, he was a very good actor. Such a waste. And his children will carry this with them into old age. I hope they don´t follow in his footsteps, but many children do.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 2/4/2014 9:43:37 AM     (No. 9718707)

We all make choices, some are deadly.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: jimmiet, 2/4/2014 9:51:31 AM     (No. 9718729)

Drugs or booze leave 2 options. Quit or die.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/4/2014 9:52:16 AM     (No. 9718732)

Oh come on, why all the boo-hoo stories?

This man was a Liberal Success Story...live fast, die hard!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 2/4/2014 10:17:51 AM     (No. 9718770)

#2, their celebrity status often makes it impossible to help them. You cannot put anyone under lock and key to protect them against themselves. Parents struggling with young adults in trouble and people struggling with aging parents with diminishing facilities quickly learn that the law and the support structures are designed to keep you out. Doctors won´t talk to you. Counselors think you are interfering (or worried that you will out them as quacks). You have a chance when the person of concern is financially dependent on you. It gives you some leverage to fight for changes.

However, a person with means and value is surrounded by people (lawyers, agents) who will "fight for the rights" of that person; i.e. keep their meal ticket out and productive, even if it kills them. Many parasites don´t kill their hosts. In the glitter industry they often do by keeping the person away from the help they need and even feeding the bad habits of their clients.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: beveyscool1, 2/4/2014 10:28:17 AM     (No. 9718798)

Am I the only one who had never heard of this person before all of this? Who wants to be a "famous celebrity", no thanks...


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Reply 8 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 2/4/2014 10:36:17 AM     (No. 9718816)

Yeah, #6. I know how it works with the hangers-on. Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson are the first two that comes to mind.

Still, it seems like there should have been just one person in this man´s life who cared enough.

The celebrity hangesr-on are like the Elected Republicans that we´re dealing with now --Boehner and that ilk: as long as the gravy train runs on time and the feather bed remains soft, nothing else matters.

The Elected Republicans are another parasite that is killing the host.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Maggie2u, 2/4/2014 10:45:18 AM     (No. 9718843)

I´m with you poster #7. I´ve never heard of this guy before either and I don´t exactly live in a cave. And now everyone is saying he´s the greatest actor who ever lived? Sorry he´s dead but we all have to live (or die) with the choices we make.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: drtom, 2/4/2014 11:00:19 AM     (No. 9718878)

This man had everything to live for. He had wealth most of us will never know; respect by his peers, a loving partner and three children to love. Just as Whitney, Michael, Elvis and scores of others who´ve thrown away their lives, he squandered his riches. Boo f´ing hoo.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Vaquero45, 2/4/2014 11:03:56 AM     (No. 9718890)

Okay, he was a decent actor. He failed in the biggest role of his life: husband and father. Why don´t any of the grieving so-called "celebrities" bring that up? I don´t feel the least sorry for Hoffman. It´s too bad for his kids, though.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Jakester2344, 2/4/2014 11:09:51 AM     (No. 9718904)

In H.S. I read "In Cold Blood" but had no desire to see "Capote" when it came out. Scanning the channels a couple years ago I came across it one night and could not stop watching it. Hoffman was fantastic in the role.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 2/4/2014 11:16:54 AM     (No. 9718924)

Drugs, the victimless crime.
/s off/

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 2/4/2014 12:02:51 PM     (No. 9719030)

Some people can get sober and some can´t. I have known both kinds and it is impossible to predict who will and who won´t.

Still Hoffman had three very young children and they should have been reason enough to sober up and fly right. Their mother has a huge job ahead.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Hazymac, 2/4/2014 12:30:44 PM     (No. 9719069)

If an addict is forced into treatment against his will, whether by judge, psychiatrist, or any other legal authority, the chances of recovery are slim. Addicts who voluntarily decide to get professional help have a much better prognosis. To get well one has to want to get well, and to be willing to act on that desire. I don´t really know what Hoffman´s partner Mimi O´Donnell could have done absent PSH´s desire to get straight. Removing the children and herself from Ground Zero--Hoffman´s drug lair in the Village--was a sad but necessary choice.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: lotsamojo, 2/4/2014 12:48:55 PM     (No. 9719103)

There comes a time when a wealthy, supposed (sometimes I wonder about these "brilliant" actors) go on and on and finally everyone gives up - the addict is the problem and one to blame! RIP

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Hammock, 2/4/2014 1:18:36 PM     (No. 9719152)

A lot of people unfairly blame the deceased´s friends and family in such a case because they don´t know that it is not possible to lock up a substance abuser for their own good.

Just one tale. Days, weeks, spent tending, convincing, luring - finally the car ride to rehab. Checked in, then checked out once we were gone - not the first or last time either. It´s often a race between willingness and death.

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