Mimi O’Donnell, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Girlfriend, Tried to Get Him Off Drugs

February 4, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Mimi O’Donnell, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s longtime girlfriend–and mother of his three children–tried to help him get off drugs after he began using heroin again.

O’Donnell pushed Hoffman to check himself into rehab last winter after he was using heroin for about a week.

He checked out about 10 days later just before Christmas and started going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings–but was still going to local bars at the same time. That stint in rehab followed one in the summer.

He also got back into heroin and drinking and ended up dying over the weekend, with dozens of envelopes of the addictive drug found around his body. On Saturday night, he withdrew $1,200 from an ATM to pay for some of it.

O’Donnell and Hoffman separated last fall, when he moved into a different apartment while their three young children remained with her.

“She clearly wanted him around, but she wanted him healthy,” a source told the New York Daily News.

Previously, Hoffman said that he kicked the drug habit when he was young and was sober for 23 years before his relapse last year.

The source, who was described as being close to Hoffman, said that the star actor was slow to accept that he needed help.

“He was very quiet and shy when it came to talking about his problem,” the source said. “He was not this super confident star. He was nice, but it was all internal.”

Among the prescription drugs in Hoffman’s Greenwich Village apartment was buprenorphine, which heroin addicts take to try to get rid of the addiction.

“This isn’t anything shocking, unfortunately,” the source said. “2013 wasn’t a good year for him. In the media, this looks like a dramatic decline, but it had been going on for a while.”

O’Donnell saw Hoffman the day before he died, she told police, saying that he appeared to be on drugs.

She saw him in the afternoon, and then spoke to him around 8 p.m. She said that he sounded like he was high.

Hoffman’s body was discovered after O’Donnell sent screenwriter David Katz over to Hoffman’s apartment following Hoffman’s failure to show up to a scheduled pick-up of their three children at a playground just blocks away.

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