The 50 bags of heroin found in the West Village apartment where Philip Seymour Hoffman died with a needle in his arm are a brand local junkies know all too well, sources said Monday.
Stamped “Ace of Spades” or “Ace of Hearts,” it’s heroin cut with a powerful pain reliever called fentanyl and “it’s definitely in demand,” said a longtime heroin addict.
“From what I know, it’s really good,” said the addict, who is familiar with the New York City drug scene and asked not to be identified. “That’s what the people want … I think they’re getting it for cheap, too.”
Police are now trying to determine where Hoffman bought the heroin he appears to have overdosed on. His body is with the medical examiner and an autopsy is expected to be done later Monday.
Some of the packets found in Hoffman’s pad were full of horse. Others looked like they had been tapped. And a charred spoon that the 46-year-old actor appeared to have used to heat up his last high was found near his body, sources said.
Hoffman, who in 2006 won the Best Actor Academy Award playing the title role in “Capote,” admitted last year to falling off the wagon after two decades of being drug free and developing a heroin habit that sent him to rehab.
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The body of Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Oscar-winning actor found dead Sunday, is removed Sunday from his Bethune St. home.
In Hoffman’s apartment, one of the five prescription drugs they found was buprenorphine, which heroin addicts take to help kick a habit, sources said.
The others were:
Vyvanse, which is used to treat attention-deficit disorder.
Methocarbamol, which is muscle relaxant.
Hydroxyzine, which is an antihistamine.
Philip Seymour Hoffman walks with his son, Cooper, in October 2011 in New York’s West Village. Hoffman also had two daughters: Willa and Tallulah.
Clonidine, which is for high blood pressure.
Mayor de Blasio called the doomed actor a “quintessential New Yorker, in the sense of just everything we love about this place, his creativity and his amazing ability to portray the human condition.”
“It’s absolutely tragic,” he said on Brian Lehrer’s radio show on WNYC. “What I can say about his life is even someone of that extraordinary achievement grapples with the demon of substance abuse.”
Hoffman was also a Tony Award-nominated stage actor who got rave reviews for his portrayal of Willy Loman in the 2012 revival of “Death of a Salesman.”
In his memory, Broadway’s theaters will dim the lights on their marquees for a minute at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where he debuted his first film as director ‘Jack Goes Boating.’
In his brown Carhartt coat, ever-present baseball cap and rumpled slacks, Hoffman was a familiar and friendly presence in his neighborhood.
Neighbors said they saw the actor as recently as Saturday and he seemed fine.
“He looked like he had just come from California or Florida, he was looking really good,” said 74-year-old Avri Ohana, who lives down the block.
Hoffman had been south — he was spotted in Atlanta last Thursday at a restaurant near the Hyatt hotel in downtown, according to TMZ.com.
Witnesses told the outlet Hoffman had made “multiple trips” to the bathroom and later appeared “drunk and disheveled” at the airport.
A makeshift memorial with bouquets of flowers, pictures and candles was placed on the front steps of the building where Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment Sunday.
Hoffman, dressed in boxers and a T-shirt, was found dead at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in a bathroom of the fourth-floor apartment by a pal, screenwriter David Katz.
Katz had gone to check up on Hoffman after the actor had failed to pick up his three kids from his estranged girlfriend Mimi O’Donnell, 46, earlier that morning.
Meanwhile, friends and neighbors remembered Hoffman at a memorial in front of the building where he died.
Colin Stanfield, 45, said he saw Hoffman around “all the time, with his kids in tow, Chelsea piers, playing basketball.”
“I guess I’d heard over the years he’d had some troubles, but he just seemed like a regular guy,” Stanfield said.
About a dozen bouquets of flowers, including roses and orchids, and single flowers were placed on the building’s front steps. There were also two pictures of Hoffman and a handful of candles that were lit until they were doused by a steady snow.
“He’s the only celebrity we ever cared about,” said 34-year-old Nathan Driver, who lives a couple blocks away and walked over with wife Tara and their 2-year-old daughter Scarlett to pay their respects.
With Rocco Parascandola and Erin Durkin