Philip Seymour Hoffman: Man arrested in connection with actor’s death was musician for Amy Winehouse, David Bowie, Mick Jagger

Saxophonist Robert Vineberg, 57, has performed with music's biggest stars

A man arrested in connection with the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman following his suspected drug overdose was a session musician who played for Amy Winehouse, David Bowie and Mick Jagger in the past.

Saxophonist Robert Vineberg, 57, performed on the late singer’s best-selling record Frank in 2003.

Vinberg lives in the same apartment building where Hoffman is believed to have bought drugs.

He was arrested alongside Thomas Cushman, 48, DJ Max Rosenblum, 22, Rosenblum’s art student girlfriend, Juliana Luchkiw, who is also 22, in connection with the 350 bags of drugs New York police are thought to have found in Hoffman’s flat.

Juliana Luchkiw and Rosenblum were charged with misdemeanor cocaine possession.

Vineberg has been charged with felony heroin possession with an intent to sell. Cushman is yet to be charged.

 

Authorities allege to have found about 350 packets of heroin, a bag of cocaine and about $1,200 in cash was found in Vineberg’s apartment.

Investigators have since determined that Hoffman made six ATM transactions, withdrawing a total of $1,200 inside a supermarket near his home the day before his death.

Hoffman was found dead on the floor of his bathroom in his Greenwich Village apartment on Sunday 2 February just after 12pm.

Yesterday, Hoffman’s autopsy results were ruled inconclusive by a New York medical examiner.

Further tests to determine the actor’s cause of death will be required.

A wake for the family and friends of the actor was held yesterday evening. His funeral is expected to take place later today.

Read More:
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN'S LAST MONTHS PAINT PRIVATE STRUGGLE TO DEAL WITH BREAKDOWN OF PERSONAL LIFE
HOLLYWOOD'S DRUG ADDICTION: WHY DID NO-ONE CARE ABOUT HOFFMAN'S PROBLEM UNTIL IT KILLED HIM?
JENNIFER LAWRENCE & THE HUNGER GAMES CAST REACT TO THE DEATH OF PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN
TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN: PALTROW, CLOONEY, BRIDGES & MORE REACT
Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: Office Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Have you been doing a brilliant job in an admi...

Surrey County Council: Senior Project Officer (Fixed Term to Feb 2019)

£26,498 - £31,556: Surrey County Council: We are looking for an outgoing, conf...

Recruitment Genius: Interim Head of HR

£50000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you an innovative, senior H...

Recruitment Genius: Human Resources and Payroll Administrator

£20000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client, a very well respect...

Day In a Page

War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?