09:50 AM EDT 08/01/2014
Originally posted 02/09/2014 02:30PM
While Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic death is the most recent to make headlines, heroin claimed the lives of many beloved artists, including Cory Monteith, Janis Joplin, River Phoenix and Chris Farley.
Other stars – from Angelina Jolie and Nicole Richie to Samuel L. Jackson – have admitted to dabbling if not struggling with the drug. And many have offered chilling personal accounts of their heroin use.
Here are six celebrities who have shared their experiences with the dangerous drug over the years:
Originally posted 02/08/2014 09:30AM
It's been a particularly trying week for PEOPLE readers, with several sad stories leading the way in the news – in particular, of course, the tragic death of renowned actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Originally posted 02/07/2014 11:40AM
Devastated friends and family said goodbye to Philip Seymour Hoffman at his funeral in New York on Friday, remembering a giant of an actor who delivered searing performances on stage and on screen – but who, it appears, tragically died of a drug overdose after relapsing following decades of sobriety.
Originally posted 02/07/2014 06:30AM
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who fiercely protected his private life, will be mourned behind closed doors.
Originally posted 02/06/2014 04:45PM
Aaron Sorkin believes that through Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic death, the late actor has saved the lives of 10 drug addicts.
Originally posted 02/06/2014 06:00AM
While three of four people arrested amid the investigation of 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.
"We come together tonight in a spirit of terrible mourning and incredible loss," the Rev. Jim Martin, a Jesuit priest and LAByrinth member, told the crowd of about 200 people who stood in a chilly drizzle. "But we also come together to celebrate a remarkable life."
Originally posted 02/05/2014 07:00PM
Two days after being found dead of an apparent heroin overdose, Philip Seymour Hoffman was remembered by his fellow actors with great admiration Tuesday during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California.
Jared Leto described Hoffman as "a brave and fearless genius" after accepting one of the festival's Virtuoso Awards, which he dedicated to Hoffman.
"Someone who was a compass for us all, and someone who will really be missed," Leto said when answering questions about his Academy-Award-nominated role in Dallas Buyer's Club.
Originally posted 02/05/2014 11:00AM
The Oscar-winning actor loses his battle with addiction and his loved ones are left searching for answers – be the first to read this week's cover story
Originally posted 02/05/2014 12:15AM
New York police have arrested four people suspected of having a connection to drugs found in Philip Seymour Hoffman's apartment, two days after the actor was found dead of an apparent drug overdose.
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