Philip Seymour Hoffman Autopsy Inconclusive, Further Tests Needed
NEW YORK (AP) — An autopsy (解剖/驗屍) of Philip Seymour Hoffman’sbody is inconclusive, and tests will be needed to determine what caused his death, the city medical examiner’s office said Wednesday. Medical examiners’ spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said there was no timetable for the autopsy to be finished. She declined to discuss the pending tests, but toxicology (毒物學) and tissue tests are typically done in such cases.
Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday with a needle in his arm, and tests found heroin in samples from at least 50 packets in his apartment in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, law enforcement officials have said. Authorities have been testing whether the drug was mixed or tainted (摻雜) with anything else. An official said authorities also found unused syringes (針筒), a charred (燒焦) spoon and various prescription medications, including a drug used to treat heroin addiction, a blood-pressure medication and a muscle relaxant (肌肉鬆弛劑).
Hoffman had been frank about struggling with substance abuse. He told CBS’ “60 Minutes” in 2006 that he used “anything I could get my hands on” before getting clean at age 22. But in interviews last year, he said he’d relapsed, had developed a heroin problem and had gone to rehab (勒戒所) for a time.
His death came amid rising concern around the region about a powerful drug hybrid — mixtures of heroin and fentanyl (芬太尼-嗎啡藥物), a synthetic form of morphine — that has been linked to deaths in other states, including 22 deaths within a week last month in western Pennsylvania. But the drug found at Hoffman’s apartment tested negative for fentanyl, a police official said.