In 2013, the Oscar-winning actor had reportedly been reportedly trying to stay clean for his longtime girlfriend and their three children, but he tragically just couldn’t. And a report now claims that before Philip’s tragic Feb. 2 death from an apparent overdose, he had been separated from his family.
A new report sadly suggests that a rift in his family life may have contributed to Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s return to drug use. In the months leading up to his tragic death from an apparent heroin overdose at the age of 46, Philip was reportedly separated from his longtime girlfriend Mimi O’Donnell, who was the mother of his three young children.
Philip Seymour Hoffman: Separated From Family At Time Of Death?
“It is my understanding that Mr. Hoffman and his girlfriend were separated,” a source told Mail Online. Philip began renting an apartment on Bethune Street in New York City in October. He and Mimi, a costume designer, had previously lived together in a New York City apartment.
Philip had serious troubles with substance abuse as a young actor, but up until 2012, he had managed to stay sober for more than two decades. But then in May 2013, the actor checked himself into rehab for heroin abuse. That decision to fight the addiction and try to get clean seemed to be for his family, as Philip told TMZ that he wanted to get clean before it was too late.
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Family Grieving
Sadly, Philip is now gone, and though he was living apart from Mimi, she and the rest of his family are still incredibly heartbroken by his sudden death. In a statement released by Philip’s publicist they said:
We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.
Philip was found dead at around 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 2 by David Bar Katz, a longtime friend. He reportedly still had a syringe in his arm, and two plastic bags containing what is believed to be heroin was found near his body. Several reports suggest that he had taken “Ace of Spades,” a lethal combination of heroin and fentanyl, a narcotic pain reliever.
Philip will be missed by so many — and the circumstances of his death are truly heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.
— Andrew Gruttadaro