Medical examiners were conducting an autopsy Monday on the body of Philip Seymour Hoffman as investigators scrutinized evidence from the scene of the actor’s death, including packets that enforcement officials said were believed to contain heroin, according to the Associated Press
An autopsy was pending the day after the Academy Award-winning actor was found dead in his apartment in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. While there was no official ruling yet on what caused the 46-year-old’s death, two law enforcement officials said it was believed to be a drug overdose.
Hoffman was found in a bathroom with a syringe in his arm and with glassine envelopes of what was believed to be heroin, the officials said.
Some of the one-dose packets were stamped with the ace of hearts symbol, and others with the words “Ace of Spades” and that symbol, another law enforcement official said. All the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about evidence found at the scene.
Stamps are common as a form of drug-world branding, and authorities make note of the ones they encounter. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the ace of hearts and ace of spades stamps could lead investigators to any clues about the source of the items found in Hoffman’s apartment.
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s untimely death inspired one former “Desperate Housewives” star to reveal his own struggles with substance abuse and the motivation it takes to save your own life, HuffPost Celebrity reports.
Shawn Pyfrom, 27, who played Andrew Van de Kamp on the hit show, revealed on his blog that he’s been sober for five months. He said he once “lived for drugs,” which he allowed to control his interests and pleasures while simultaneously diluting them.
“I even question whether or not I should publish this, as I type out these words,” he wrote. “But if these words can encourage someone to hold on to their life … to keep from ever using, or to find the strength to stop, then it’s more important that these words are shared. I’ve considered what’s at stake, for myself, by sharing this — but i find myself without regard for that. I won’t allow my selfish needs to get in the way of potentially reaching another human being’s life.”
The actor wrote that he feels as though all stories need to be heard in the hope that one will resonate with someone in need. Pyfrom writes about his experience with being under the influence:
“… anytime a person uses drugs, they are taking the chance that their life will be taken from them. Whether they steal your breath, or rob one last beat from your heart — that is left to fate. But they will steal your life from you. Whether you are the occasional user, or someone that uses every day. Every moment spent using drugs (alcohol included) is a moment stolen from your life. A memory you will only recall with vague reflection — through fogged glass. Leaving an imprint in your memory, like a stamp without its ink. That is, of course, my own realization.”
Ronan Farrow has come out in support of his sister Dylan since she made claims of sexual abuse against her adoptive father, Woody Allen, in an open letter to The New York Times on Saturday, People.com reports.
“I love and support my sister, and I think her words speak for themselves,” tweeted Ronan, 26, on Sunday, just prior to posting a series of tweets on the Super Bowl.
In her letter, Dylan, 28, who had previously made allegations of abuse in a Vanity Fair interview in October, details the ways in which the claimed assault affected her.
“That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up,” she says in The New York Times. “I was terrified of being touched by men. I developed an eating disorder. I began cutting myself.”
Allen has denied the abuse and plans to respond publicly to Dylan’s claims.
J.K. Rowling caused a stir in the wizarding and human worlds by suggesting she made a mistake in having Hermione Granger end up with Ron Weasley instead of Harry Potter.
Britain’s Sunday Times published excerpts of an interview the “Harry Potter” author gave to Wonderland magazine. “I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment,” she says. “For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron.” Emma Watson, who played Hermione in the movies, agreed, questioning whether Ron would have been able to make her character happy.
With an evenly matched ferocity that wasn’t evident in the Super Bowl, two sides emerged over the weekend on Twitter and Harry Potter fan blogs: those happy she married the redheaded sidekick and those who thought she should have been matched with the star.