police have already released details on the two packets of heroin found next to Hoffman's body and how they were labeled--apparently to warn other users to stay away from them.
Earlier: Very sad. I'd followed his career from the very beginning. Appears now that it was a heroin overdose, with syringe even found in arm. I wasn't aware that he'd been clean for 20 years, then went into detox last year. Still, a tremendous shock. He was doing best work of career, even in so-so films, right down to a recent personal favorite, A Late Quartet, as violinist playing Beethoven. I loved the smaller, often comic, roles: Charlie Wilson's War, as Art Howe in Moneyball, Boogie Nights. As Lester Bangs in Almost Famous. With so much else to hail, few will probably mention his political documentary from a decade ago, "The Last Party," see below and more here. --G.M.