'Desperate Housewives' Star Pens Open Letter After Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death

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Shawn Pyfrom, who played Andrew Van De Kamp on ABC's Desperate Housewives, admitted today that he is an addict.

"Ijust read the news about mr. philip seymour hoffman, and against the advise of others; i had to write this open letter," Pyfrom stated on his Tumblr account.

"i can’t stay quiet anymore about this…i am an alcoholic and a drug addict."

Pyfrom, 27, celebrated five months of sobriety on Sunday, the very same day that Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment from an apparently heroine overdose.

for several years, i lived for drugs. i lived for other things as well. but drugs dictated the other things i lived for. i thought more about using, than i thought about any other “pleasures”. i put myself in places i never would have ended up, otherwise, for the sake of getting high. there are countless nights of blacking out, and making poor decisions as a result of my overusing. i wasted the time of valuable people, who worked so hard to pull my career to a higher place, by allowing my addictions to tug me out of their grip. i worried the people that care about me. my friends. my parents. my siblings. all for the sake of something that i believed i had control over.
Pyfrom stressed in his open letter that he was not preaching about the dangers of drugs.  Instead, he wanted to be completely honest about addiction and what it robbed him of.

Hoffman is survived by his partner, Mimi O'Donnell and their three children.

 

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  • Elizabeth Aspen
    Elizabeth Aspen

    Wow, way to exploit the death of an actor greater than yourself. Disgusting.