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Remembering Hoffman

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(KCEN) -- Toxicology tests are pending in the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

But investigators say the evidence points to one thing: a drug overdose.

The case is bringing attention to a troubling increase in heroin use across the country.

A makeshift memorial marks the apartment building of Hoffman in New York's Greenwich Village.

Hoffman won an Oscar for his portrayal of Truman Capote and was nominated for his work in "The Master," "Doubt" and "Charlie Wilson's War. "

But behind the public success were private struggles.

Hoffman battle drug abuse for decades and stayed sober for more than 20 years.

Last year he relapsed and entered rehab.

On Sunday, his body was found by a screenwriter friend.

Law enforcement sources say about 50 bags of heroin, both used and unused, were found in the apartment.

It's a drug tightening its grip on communities across the nation.

Government agencies report a nearly 80-percent increase in the number of users from 2007 to 2012.

In Pittsburgh alone, 22 people have died in just the past two weeks.

In Vermont, the governor used his entire State of the State address to draw attention to the heroin epidemic on the rise there.

Hoffman's family released a statement that reads in part, "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone."

Hoffman leaves behind three small children and a wife.

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