Arrests Made in Connection with Death of Philip Seymour Hoffman
The New York Times reports that three men and one woman were arrested in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday, February 4th, in connection with the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. The actor was found dead on the bathroom floor of his West Village apartment with a needle in his arm on Sunday, February 2nd.
According to the report, more than 350 bags of heroin were recovered during the time of the arrests. It remains unclear if the suspects knew Hoffman directly.
An NYPD detective told The Hollywood Reporter, "Four people were arrested earlier this evening under suspicion of narcotics offenses but whether they are connected to the Hoffman death or not is still under investigation and the case is still developing."
In addition to news of the arrests, USA Today has revealed details of funeral arrangements for the late actor. According to the site, a private service will be held, attended by Hoffman's friends and family. No date for the service was provided.
The actor's representative Karen Samfilippo said in a statement: "There will be a private funeral service held in N.Y. for The Family and close friends of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Plans are also underway for a memorial service later in the month also to be held in N.Y. In lieu of flowers, The Family requests donations be made in Phil's name to two charities that were very close to his heart: The DreamYard Project and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The Family wishes to thank everyone for their continued support and good wishes."
Hoffman most recently appeared on stage in 2012's revival of Death of a Salesman, for which he received a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Play.
The show marked his return to Broadway for the first time since his critically acclaimed, Tony-nominated performance in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night in 2003. He also received a Tony Award nomination in 2000 for his performance in Sam Shepard's True West.
His Off-Broadway credits included The Seagull at the NYSF/Delacorte Theatre (dir: Mike Nichols), Othello, The Merchant of Venice, Shopping and Fucking, Defying Gravity and The Author's Voice. As co-artistic director of theLAByrinth Theatre Company, he has directed productions of Stephen Adly Guirgis' Jesus Hopped the A Train, Our Lady of 121st Street, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and The Little Flower of East Orange, and also starred in and directed Jack Goes Boating. He won the 2005 Academy Award and Golden Globe Award, among other honors for Capote. His film credits also include Boogie Nights, Happiness, Magnolia, The Talented Mr. Ripley, State and Main, Almost Famous, Cold Mountain, Charlie Wilson's War (dir: Mike Nichols), Doubt (Academy Award nomination), Jack Goes Boating, Moneyball, The Ides of March, The Master and, the Hunger Games among others.