Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:59 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:59:32 GMT
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Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:26 AM EDT2014-04-15 14:26:27 GMT
(CBS/CNN) - Today is tax day. The official deadline to submit your federal income taxes. But is it really a hard deadline? Penalties for filing tax returns late only apply to people who owe the governmentMore >>
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Monday, April 14 2014 10:03 AM EDT2014-04-14 14:03:47 GMT
(CNN) - Now that spring has finally sprung, a lot of us have one thing on our mind -- vacation. So what are the latest travel trends? If the nicer weather has you dreaming about vacation after a coldMore >>
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Friday, April 11 2014 10:38 AM EDT2014-04-11 14:38:50 GMT
(CNN/KVUE) - Thanks to a new prosthetic hand a young boy in Texas will get a chance to do things just like other children his age. A team of teens and their teacher are behind his new hand. Two-year old ZaxtonMore >>
Thanks to a new prosthetic hand a young boy in Texas will get a chance to do things just like other children his age. A team of teens and their teacher are behind his new hand.
Thursday, April 10 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-04-10 16:18:24 GMT
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Wednesday, April 9 2014 10:12 AM EDT2014-04-09 14:12:31 GMT
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Tuesday, April 8 2014 10:45 AM EDT2014-04-08 14:45:56 GMT
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Monday, April 7 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-04-07 14:14:25 GMT
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Thursday, April 3 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-04-03 15:52:20 GMT
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Wednesday, April 2 2014 10:22 AM EDT2014-04-02 14:22:19 GMT
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New York (CNN) -- Police investigating the death of
actor Philip Seymour Hoffman have found close to 50 envelopes of what
they believe is heroin in his Manhattan apartment, two law enforcement
sources familiar with the inquiry said Monday.
A number of used
syringes, prescription drugs and empty bags that authorities suspect
used to hold heroin also were found in the apartment where Hoffman, 46,
was found dead Sunday of an apparent drug overdose on the bathroom floor
with a syringe in his left arm, the sources said.
The New York medical examiner's office is conducting an autopsy, according to law enforcement sources.
"We are devastated by the
loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and
support we have received from everyone," Hoffman's family said in a
statement. "This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect
our privacy during this time of grieving."
The Oscar-winning actor
last talked with someone at 8 p.m. Saturday, as far as authorities have
determined, a law enforcement official said.
He was expected to pick up his children Sunday but didn't show up, the official said.Playwright David Katz and another person went to the apartment and found him dead, the official said.
Police officers found him in a T-shirt and shorts with his eyeglasses still on his head.
Police also found several
empty bags branded "Ace of Hearts" -- a street name for heroin -- in
the apartment, two law enforcement sources familiar with the
investigation told CNN.
Also in the apartment
were close to 50 envelopes, branded "Ace of Spades," containing what is
believed to be heroin, the two sources said.
Investigators also found in the apartment, which was leased from a friend, according to the two sources:
• More than 20 used syringes in a plastic cup.
• Several other bags containing white powder.
• Prescription drugs,
including the blood-pressure medication clonidine hydrochloride; the
addiction-treatment drug buprenorphine; Vyvanse, a drug used to treat
attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder; hydroxyzine, which can be
used to treat anxiety; and methocarbamol, a muscle relaxer. Authorities
are investigating whether Hoffman had prescriptions for these drugs, the
The law enforcement
sources told CNN that investigators have begun to piece together where
Hoffman was in the days before his death by talking to his family and
An assistant for Hoffman
told police she saw him Friday at his apartment and there was nothing
out of the ordinary. He also seemed fine when she spoke to him on
Saturday at about 1:30 p.m. ET.
But Mimi O'Donnell,
Hoffman's ex-partner, told authorities that when she saw him near his
apartment at 2 p.m. Saturday she thought he appeared to be high.
O'Donnell said she spoke with him on the phone about six hours later and again thought he seemed high, the sources said.
The next morning, on Sunday, Hoffman failed to show up at her home to pick up their three children.
At 11 a.m. she asked Katz to go to Hoffman's apartment. He called police 30 minutes later.
on the theory that Hoffman's death was a drug overdose, are now trying
to find exactly where he bought the drugs, the sources said.
This will involve searching his phone in addition to tracking his movements, the sources told CNN.
Authorities also are looking into whether anyone was with the actor when he died, law enforcement officials said.
Hoffman won for best actor for the 2005 biopic "Capote" and drew critical
acclaim for his roles in a wide variety of films.
He was a beefy
5-foot-10-inch man but was convincing as the slight, 5-foot-3-inch
Truman Capote. He had a booming voice like a deity's but often played
schlumpy, conflicted characters.
"He just loved those
deep, dense characters. That's where I think he found his true calling,"
said Bradley Jacobs, a senior editor of Us Weekly.
Hoffman's big break in Hollywood came with a small role as Chris O'Donnell's classmate in the 1992 film "Scent of a Woman."
For years, Hoffman was
the kind of anonymous character actor who earned critical raves but was
often unnoticed by the general public. He used his abilities to take
chances with such directors as a then-unknown Paul Thomas Anderson, with
whom he worked in "Hard Eight" (and several ensuing films) and Todd
"I think about that a
lot," he told Esquire in 2012 of his anonymity. "I feel it cracking
lately, the older I'm getting. I think I'm less anonymous than I was."
As an actor, Hoffman
could be heartfelt and giving, as with his male nurse in "Magnolia" or
rock critic in "Almost Famous," or creepily Machiavellian, like the
gamemaster in the latest "Hunger Games" movie or a "Mission: Impossible"
Cameron Crowe, who
directed "Almost Famous," said a notable scene in which Hoffman's
character Lester Bangs speaks with a young journalist about being uncool
was not what Crowe had initially envisioned. He said in between takes
Hoffman listed through his headphones to taped interviews with Bangs, a
well-known rock music writer who died in 1982. Hoffman didn't speak.
"When the scene was
over, I realized that Hoffman had pulled off a magic trick. He'd leapt
over the words and the script, and gone hunting for the soul and
compassion of the private Lester, the one only a few of us had ever
met," Crowe wrote on his website. "The crew and I will always be
grateful for that front-row seat to his genius."
Hoffman also appeared in "Charlie Wilson's War," "Doubt" and "The Master," for which he was nominated as best supporting actor.
He appeared last month at the Sundance Film Festival, where a movie he starred in, "God's Pocket," premiered.
"He seemed really in
good spirits, and it's just so shocking," said CNN Entertainment
commentator Krista Smith, who interviewed Hoffman at the festival.
"Because, just looking at his body of work and knowing how many actors
revered him and how they look up to him. ... The one thing that was so
special about him is that he crossed all platforms. ... Every genre, he
managed to fit in and just be brilliant at whatever he was doing."
But despite his love of performance, Hoffman was a private person who rarely spoke about his family, Jacobs said.
In New York's Greenwich
Village neighborhood, where he lived, it was common to see the actor
riding a bicycle and walking his children to the public school they
"He'd go quietly about
his business with his children. I still remember the day he won the
Oscar, him walking his kids to school, not long after. And people were
giving him high fives," said CNN's Rose Arce, whose daughter attended
school with Hoffman's children.
After his Oscar win at the Academy Awards in 2006, Hoffman thanked his mother for taking him to his first play.
"She brought up four
kids alone, and she deserves a congratulations for that. ... And she
took me to my first play, and she stayed up with me and watched the NCAA
Final Four, and my passions, her passions became my passions. And, you
know, be proud, Mom, because I'm proud of you, and we're here tonight,
and it's so good," he said in his acceptance speech.
Hoffman's father was a
salesman, and his mother was a family court judge, according to a
biography on the Turner Classic Movies website. He landed his first
professional stage role before graduating from high school and went on
to study acting at New York University.
Hoffman stayed active on
stage even as his star rose in Hollywood. He starred in a Broadway
production of "Death of a Salesman" in 2012 and was co-artistic director
of the Labyrinth Theater Company in New York.
Last year, Hoffman
revealed that he had entered rehab to deal with a drug problem, telling
TMZ that he'd kicked a substance abuse habit for 23 years but recently
In a 2011 interview with "60 Minutes," he discussed his past struggles with drug and alcohol addiction.
"Anything I could get my hands on, I liked it all," he said.
Asked why he decided to
sober up, he replied, "You get panicked. ... I was 22, and I got
panicked for my life, it really was, it was just that. And I always
think, 'God, I have so much empathy for these young actors that are 19
and all of a sudden are beautiful and famous and rich.' I'm like, 'Oh,
my God. I'd be dead.' "
According to TMZ,
Hoffman said last year that he'd fallen off the wagon, started taking
prescription pills and slipped into snorting heroin.
The actor's public
comments about his battle with substance abuse illustrate the struggles
many addicts face, according to HLN's Dr. Drew Pinsky, an addiction
"Someone with opiate addiction, they are doing pushups their whole lives. And they must work on it all the time.And
even working on it, there's a high probability of relapse. And God
willing, they get adequate treatment, and they re-engage in treatment,
and things go well," Pinsky said. "But often, it's a frequently fatal
condition. We just simply have to continually remind ourselves of that.
And now it has taken a glorious, glorious talent from us."
After he returned from
rehab, Hoffman rented the apartment where his body was found Sunday, two
neighbors said. The rest of his family lived elsewhere in the
Word of Hoffman's death sparked a flood of reactions from actors, directors, studio chiefs and fans.
"This is a horrible day
for those who worked with Philip," actor Tom Hanks said in a prepared
statement. "He was a giant talent. Our hearts are open for his family."
Lionsgate, the studio
behind "The Hunger Games" movies, described Hoffman as "a singular
talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation."
Robert De Niro, who starred opposite Hoffman in the 1999 movie "Flawless," said he was "very, very saddened" by Hoffman's death.
"This is one of those
times where you say 'this just shouldn't be. He was so young and gifted
and had so much going, so much to live for.' "
For Mike Nichols, who directed Hoffman in his Oscar-nominated turn in "Charlie Wilson's War," there were no words, just grief.
"No words for this. He was too great and we're too shattered," he said in an e-mailed statement.
Authorities have warned that heroin addiction is soaring and noted an uptick in the availability of the drug.
Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:21 AM EDT2014-04-16 15:21:57 GMT
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Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:03 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:03:26 GMT
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Monday, April 14 2014 11:31 PM EDT2014-04-15 03:31:53 GMT
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Thursday, April 3 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-04-04 02:35:25 GMT
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Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:03 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:03:27 GMT
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