The Results of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Autopsy Are “Inconclusive”

Based on the fact that Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment with a hypodermic needle in his arm and numerous bags of heroin in the apartment, it’s not a remarkable stretch to assume that a drug overdose was the cause of his death. However, the preliminary results of his autopsy, released today, are “inconclusive.”

USA Today reports that the medical examiner’s office says more testing will be needed to determine an official cause of death. Julie Bolcer, a spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner’s office, says there is no timetable for the completion of toxicology and other testing that will be done of Hoffman’s body.

As we reported earlier this morning, four alleged drug dealers were arrested last night in New York in connection with Hoffman’s death. Hoffman had publicly acknowledged his struggles with addition. He had been sober for more than 20 years before checking into rehab last year after a relapse.

There will be a private funeral for Hoffman in New York on Friday. Plans for a public memorial service later this month are also underway.