I’ve already been pretty open with you guys about how much the media salivating over Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s death bothers me. Not that it’s really any of my business, but I don’t mind people mourning him in their own private, respectful ways. He was an actor that most of us never met, that we feel connected to only through some sort of ownership of his talent. Cope with that however you want, but just know that the morbid obsession — even fascination – with his death is not a good look for anybody.
So with that in mind, let’s talk about the autopsy results for his death, because they’re in. Or they’re sort of in, in that they’ve been released, but are being cited as ‘inconclusive’. THAT’S RIGHT EVERYBODY. Even though you fell over yourself clicking this link and have already read in every single media outlet that he was discovered with a heroin syringe still in his arm omg can you imagine his kids, it turns out they might need a little more than three business days to discover what dangerous combination of chemicals ultimately caused his tragic death. Additional testing will need to be done, including a toxicology report, which could take anywhere in a range of a few days to a couple of weeks. So just keep your pants on, everyone. PLEASE.
Instead of letting our imaginations and flair for the dramatic rage out of control while we try to discover enough morbid details about PSH’s death to actually feel some of it, let’s talk about the facts. In his home, police reportedly discovered a wide range of pharmaceuticals, which according to CNN include:
The blood-pressure medication clonidine hydrochloride; the addiction-treatment drug buprenorphine; Vynase, a drug used to treat hyperactivity disorder; hydroxyzine, which can be used to treat anxiety; and methocarbamol, a muscle relaxer. It is unclear whether the drugs were prescribed for Hoffman.
In this terrible time, I’d love for the focus to be on the positivity of his work and talent or on the devastating impact of addiction and our nation’s incapability of addressing it successfully. Or maybe on the four people arrested in connection with this death. Or whatever feels good to you without initiating a feeding frenzy over the obscene, unnecessary details.