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6 Celebrities Describe Their Own Struggles with Heroin

6 Celebrities Describe Their Own Struggles with Heroin

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:  

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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death Leads a Week of Bleak News for Readers | Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death Leads a Week of Bleak News for Readers

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.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Funeral Precedes Memorial Service Later This Month | Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman Funeral Precedes Memorial Service Later This Month

Originally posted 02/07/2014 06:30AM

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who fiercely protected his private life, will be mourned behind closed doors.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death Saved 10 Lives, Says Aaron Sorkin | Aaron Sorkin, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death Saved 10 Lives, Says Aaron Sorkin

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.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Paid Tribute on Broadway As 3 Face Drug Charges | Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman Paid Tribute on Broadway As 3 Face Drug Charges

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."

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Jared Leto and June Squibb Pay Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman | Philip Seymour Hoffman

Jared Leto and June Squibb Pay Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman

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.

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Read the Cover Story: Philip Seymour Hoffman's Tragic Final Days

Read the Cover Story: Philip Seymour Hoffman's Tragic Final Days

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

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Death: Four Arrested in Drug-Related Bust

UpdatePosted 02/05/2014 07:45AM

Four Arrested in Connection with Philip Seymour Hoffman's Apparent Drug Overdose

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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Inside Philip Seymour Hoffman'sTragic Final Days

Inside Philip Seymour Hoffman's
Tragic Final Days

Originally posted 02/05/2014 11:00AM

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Philip Seymour Hoffman to Be Remembered at Private New York Funeral

Philip Seymour Hoffman to Be Remembered at Private New York Funeral

Originally posted 02/04/2014 06:00PM

Philip Seymour Hoffman's loved ones will say goodbye to the late Academy Award-winning actor in the state where he was born and died.

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