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Man arrested after Philip Seymour Hoffman death no longer faces drug sale charge

Robert Aaron Vineberg, who was arrested in the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death in February, no longer faces charges of intention to sell heroin, The New York Times reported. Vineberg, a 58-year-old musician, pleaded guilty to the lesser felony of simply possessing the drug. According to the Times, police found 296 glassine bags of heroin at Vineberg’s building, which police zeroed in on after a tipster connected it to Hoffman. Per the Associated Press, one arrested in the raid on the building did not face charges, and two others faced the misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession.

After Vineberg’s arrest, his lawyer told the AP that “this case and the charges against Mr. Vineberg have absolutely nothing to do with the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman … We’re hoping the [district attorney] will not use Mr. Vineberg as a scapegoat.” The case against Vineberg was dropped on “evidentiary issues that have come to light,” according to assistant district attorney John Veiga, the Times reported. The two police officers who initially questioned Vineberg after his arrest did not read him his Miranda rights, and therefore the court could not use Vineberg’s statements.

An autopsy revealed that Hoffman, who was found with a needle in his arm, died of a mix of drugs, which included heroin and cocaine.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's will: Son should be raised in NYC, Chicago, or San Francisco

Philip Seymour Hoffman built a career in Hollywood, but his will shows he thought childhood was best spent in New York City, Chicago or San Francisco. The Oscar-winning actor’s will was filed Wednesday, about two weeks after he was found dead in his Manhattan apartment of an apparent heroin overdose.

The will was signed in 2004, when only the eldest of Hoffman’s three children had been born. It was Hoffman’s “strong desire” that his son grow up in or near those cities — and in New York, specifically in Manhattan — or at least visit them twice or more per year, the will says.

“The purpose of this request is so that my son will be exposed to the culture, arts and architecture that such cities offer,” Hoffman’s will reads.

Papers filed with the will value Hoffman’s estate simply at “$500,000-plus.” The estate is bequeathed largely to his longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, with a trust fund for their son, now nearly 11.

The accompanying papers also note the boy’s two younger sisters, who are 7 and 5. The lawyer who filed the papers didn’t immediately respond to phone and email messages Wednesday evening. READ FULL STORY

Philip Seymour Hoffman mourned by Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, more at New York funeral

Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Amy Adams, and Ellen Burstyn have paid their respects to Philip Seymour Hoffman, an actor widely considered among the best of his generation. Hoffman’s private funeral was held Friday in Manhattan. It ended with pallbearers bringing the coffin out of the church and putting it back in the hearse.

The list of mourners also included Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Joaquin Phoenix, Louis C.K., Mary Louise Parker, John Slattery, Jerry Stiller, Marisa Tomei, Spike Lee, and Diane Sawyer and her director husband, Mike Nichols.

Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose in his apartment. He leaves behind his partner of 15 years, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children.

The actor’s body was carried into the church by pallbearers and O’Donnell — holding their youngest child — followed. Playwright David Bar Katz, who found Hoffman’s body, looked visibly upset as he arrived.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman: Amy Adams among mourners at New York wake

Actors and others close to Philip Seymour Hoffman are paying their respects at a wake in Manhattan.

The wake is being held at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home. It has orchestrated funerals for celebrities including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and James Cagney.

Among the mourners was Amy Adams, who co-starred with Hoffman in the film Doubt, as well as The Master and Charlie Wilson’s War.

Police are investigating Hoffman’s death as a suspected drug overdose. The 46-year-old actor was found dead Sunday in his Greenwich Village apartment.

A private funeral for relatives and close friends of Hoffman is set for Friday. A larger memorial service will be held later this month.

Broadway mourns Philip Seymour Hoffman as three face drug charges

While three of four people arrested amid the investigation of the Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death were arraigned on drug charges, the New York theater community mourned the actor with a dimming of Broadway’s marquee lights and a candlelight vigil.

The vigil Wednesday night was held outside the 90-seat home of the LAByrinth Theatre Company, where Hoffman had long been a member. And at 7:45 p.m., Broadway’s lights turned off for a minute. READ FULL STORY

Police: NY drug suspect had Philip Seymour Hoffman's cell number

At least one of four people taken into custody on drug charges during an investigation of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s suspected fatal heroin overdose had the actor’s cell phone number, two law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

Investigators zeroed in on the four after a tipster, responding to publicity about Hoffman’s death, told police he had seen Hoffman at the lower Manhattan apartment building where they were arrested on Tuesday and he believed that’s where Hoffman got the heroin, the officials said.

After obtaining search warrants for two apartments in the building, police found about 350 packets of heroin in one of them, the officials said. They also learned from phone records that one of the suspects had Hoffman’s number, strengthening the theory that they may have supplied him with drugs, the officials said.

Some of the packets found in Hoffman’s apartment were variously stamped with the ace of hearts and others with the ace of spades. Those found in the building where the arrests occurred had different brand names, including Black List and Panda, the officials said.

The officials weren’t authorized to speak about evidence in the ongoing investigation of the death and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.
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Cate Blanchett cancels morning show appearances after Philip Seymour Hoffman's death

Cate Blanchett, one of the stars of George Clooney’s Monuments Men, which opens this weekend, canceled her promotional morning show appearances. The Oscar-winner had been scheduled to appear on both Good Morning America and Live! With Kelly and Michael on Wednesday.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Blanchett’s rep said the interviews were canceled “to allow Cate the time and privacy to grieve for the loss of her friend Philip Seymour Hoffman.”

Blanchett starred with Hoffman in 1999’s The Talented Mr. Ripley. She and her husband Andrew Upton remained close to Hoffman throughout the years.

Philip Seymour Hoffman autopsy inconclusive

An autopsy of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s body 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 and tissue tests are typically done in such cases.

While awaiting the official findings on the cause and manner of the Academy Award-winning actor’s death, police have been investigating it as a suspected drug overdose.

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 with anything else. An official said authorities also found unused syringes, a charred spoon and various prescription medications, including a drug used to treat heroin addiction, a blood-pressure medication, and a muscle relaxant.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk about the evidence found.
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Four arrested on drug charges, possibly related to Philip Seymour Hoffman's death

Four people thought to be connected to the drugs found in Philip Seymour Hoffman’s apartment were arrested Tuesday night as part of a raid on a Lower Manhattan building, according to CNN. (An NYPD spokesperson confirmed the arrests to EW, but said there wasn’t a confirmed connection to Hoffman at this time.)

During the raid that led to the arrest of the three men and one woman, police recovered 350 glassine-type bags of what is believed to be heroin. As previously reported, police found dozens of similar bags of what is suspected to be heroin at Hoffman’s apartment.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's loved ones plan private New York funeral

A private funeral service will be held in New York for the family and close friends of late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, People reports. No word yet on when the private service will be held.

A rep told People that plans are also under way for a more public memorial service, also in New York. “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 rep said. “The family wishes to thank everyone for their continued support and good wishes.”

Hoffman was found dead Sunday of an apparent drug overdose in his New York apartment. He was 46.

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