Philip Seymour Hoffman: 'I Know I'm Going to Die'

Gave eerie prediction of his own death just weeks ago

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 4, 2014 9:19 AM CST | Updated Feb 4, 2014 10:46 AM CST

(Newser) – Philip Seymour Hoffman apparently had a tragic premonition of his own death: Both Radar and TMZ are running stories today claiming that less than two months ago, Hoffman was on a heroin binge and told a friend, "If I don't stop, I know I'm gonna die." Sources tell TMZ he was also drinking heavily, and though he attended AA meetings in an attempt to get back on the wagon, he couldn't. The latest reports say as many as 70 bags of heroin and 20 hypodermic needles were found at his home. Bizarrely, a magazine publisher tells the New York Post that he didn't recognize Hoffman when he ran into him at Sundance two weeks ago—and when he asked Hoffman what he did for a living, the actor said, "I'm a heroin addict" before taking off his hat so the publisher could recognize him. Hoffman then added, "I just got out of rehab."

Prior to his relapse, Hoffman was reportedly considered a "guru" of sobriety at AA meetings, and multiple reports claim he once participated in an intervention for Heath Ledger (though Ledger's dad refutes the idea that his son was an addict). But in recent months, things were so bad that girlfriend Mimi O'Donnell kicked him out of the home they shared, sources say. That's why he was renting the $9,800-a-month apartment where he was eventually found dead. O'Donnell told police she last spoke with him at 10pm Saturday; he was found the next morning after not picking his kids up at 9am as planned. Broadway will dim its lights tomorrow night in a tribute to Hoffman, the New York Daily News reports.

A makeshift memorial is seen, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, outside the building where the body of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found in New York.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
In this Jan. 19, 2014 photo, Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah.   (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
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