Partner of Fairport native Philip Seymour Hoffman opens up about his addiction
HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WHAM) - It's been nearly four years since Oscar-winning actor and Fairport native Philip Seymour Hoffman died from a heroin overdose at age 46.
Now, Hoffman's longtime partner is talking openly about his drug addiction.
In an essay published by Vogue on Wednesday, Mimi O'Donnell wrote about her time with Hoffman, reflecting on the first time they met, their first date, and the growth of their family. She also wrote about the actor's relapse, which led to his death in February 2014.
In the essay, O'Donnell wrote that Hoffman was "very frank about his addictions" when they started dating in the early 2000s.
"He told me about his period of heavy drinking and experimenting with heroin in his early 20s, and his first rehab at 22," she wrote. "He was in therapy and AA, and most of his friends were in the program. Being sober and a recovering addict was, along with acting and directing, very much the focus of his life."
O'Donnell wrote in the essay that she identified the moment when Hoffman asked her what she thought of him starting to drink again after over 20 years of sobriety as a "red flag."
"He started having a drink or two without it seeming a big deal, but the moment drugs came into play, I confronted Phil, who admitted that he’d gotten ahold of some prescription opioids," O'Donnell wrote. "He told me that it was just this one time, and that it wouldn’t happen again. It scared him enough that, for a while, he kept his word."
O'Donnell also wrote about how Hoffman began struggling with heroin use again during the shooting of 'The Hunger Games' in Atlanta, a struggle that continued after filming had wrapped. She said shortly after that, he was dead.
"It happened so quickly," O'Donnell wrote. "Phil came home from Atlanta, and I called a few people and said that we needed to keep an eye on him. Then he started using again, and three days later he was dead."
She also wrote that she "had been expecting him to die since the day he started using again."
O'Donnell wrote that her three children with Hoffman, ages 14, 11 and 9, pulled her through her grief.