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Drug addiction expert weighs in on Hoffman's death

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Reuters

Acclaimed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday (February 02) of an apparent drug overdose. One big question in the 46-year-old actor's sudden death: why a talented man at a seemingly good point in his career apparently returned to the drugs that had plagued him in his youth.

Dr. Joseph Haraszti, a California-based addiction expert, explains.

SOUNDBITE Dr. Joseph Haraszti, a California-based addiction expert, saying (English):

"It should not be a surprise entirely because once someone has been addicted to drugs, the possibility of relapse never goes away. It's a life long struggle. So in a sense, I am not surprised."

Hoffman spoke publicly about the addictions he suffered as a young man. But after more than two decades sober, he checked into rehab last May after he had started using again.

On Sunday, the actor was discovered in the bathroom of his Greenwich Village apartment with a syringe in his arm. New York Cit