Inside Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Quiet Descent Into Addiction

People Magazine By MICHELLE TAUBER 02/05/2014 at 08:00 AM EST Among friends and locals in his longtime West Village neighbor

Mar 25
2014

People Magazine

By MICHELLE TAUBER

02/05/2014 at 08:00 AM EST

Among friends and locals in his longtime West Village neighborhood, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was known as a low-key fixture, a family man who rarely drew attention.

But in the wake of the Oscar winner’s death at 46 on Feb. 2 of an apparent heroin overdose – and an arrest of those suspected of selling him the heroin – some who knew him say Hoffman had two sides.

“He’d go over to Oliver’s restaurant with his [10-year-old] son, Cooper,” a neighborhood friend tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “They’d have lunch, and you’d see them talking and laughing for hours at a time.”

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