Law-enforcement officials said a hypodermic needle and two glassine envelopes containing what is believed to be heroin were found in the apartment on Bethune Street in the West Village.
The 46-year-old actor was found unconscious in the bathroom of his fourth-floor apartment in the Pickwick House around 11:15 a.m. by screenwriter David Bar Katz, who called 911, a law-enforcement official said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. “He had a needle sticking out of his arm,” the official said.
Mr. Hoffman was last seen around 8 p.m. Saturday, the official said. He was supposed to pick up his three children—two daughters and a son—from their mother, Mimi O’Donnell, Sunday morning; when he didn’t, Mr. Katz and a friend went to check on him, the official said.
The family of Mr. Hoffman said in a statement released by his manager, “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone.”
The New York Police Department is investigating, and the city medical examiner’s office is working to determine the exact cause of death. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner said.
The envelopes found near Mr. Hoffman were stamped with two separate drug brands, a second law-enforcement official said. One had purple letters with the Ace of Spades written out, while the second was stamped with a red ace of hearts, the official said.