Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday in a New York City apartment of an apparent drug overdose … TMZ has learned authorities found a needle in his arm.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … the actor was found Sunday morning inside a Greenwich apartment … and they’re still on scene investigating.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … an assistant found the actor alone in the apartment — he hadn’t heard from Hoffman and was checking up on him.Details surrounding his death are unclear … but the actor had struggled with drug problems … most recently checking himself into a rehab facility for heroin back in May.

TMZ broke the story of Hoffman going to rehab. We were told he did it as a preventative measure because he was getting close to a major relapse. A source involved in Hoffman’s treatment now tells TMZ … the actor said at the time he was on the brink of become a heroin IV user and wanted to nip it in the bud before that happened.As we previously reported … Hoffman had been clean for 23 years but fell off the wagon in 2012.


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