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Mourners arrive for Hoffman's funeral in New York


NEW YORK (AP) -- Mourners, including Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Louis C.K., Ellen Burstyn and Spike Lee, entered a Manhattan church for the private funeral for Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Some 400 people were expected to attend the ceremony at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, the same church that hosted the funerals of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Lena Horne and Aaliyah.

Hoffman and Blanchett co-starred in "The Talented Mr. Ripley," and Hoffman starred in Lee's "The 25th Hour." Burstyn and Hoffman were in "Red Dragon," and Hawke co-starred with Hoffman in "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead."

Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose in his apartment. He leaves behind his partner of 15 years, Mimi O'Donnell, and their three children.

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's Family and Friends Attend Wake

A larger memorial service is being planned for later this month. On Thursday evening, family and close friends gathered for a private wake at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home in Manhattan, which has orchestrated funerals for celebrities including Kennedy Onassis and James Cagney.

Among the mourners was Amy Adams, who co-starred with Hoffman in the films "Doubt" and "The Master." Other notables in attendance included Blanchett, Burstyn, Joaquin Phoenix and Diane Sawyer.

The rumbled, heavy-set actor was known to dive into roles and was nominated for Academy Awards four times: for "Capote," "The Master," "Doubt," and "Charlie Wilson's War." He also received three Tony nominations for his work on Broadway, which included an acclaimed turn in 2012 as the weary and defeated Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman."

The theater community mourned the actor Wednesday with a candlelit vigil outside his beloved LAByrinth Theatre Company downtown and with Broadway's marquee lights turned off for a minute.

More tests are needed to determine what exactly killed Hoffman, who was found with a syringe in his arm and what authorities said were dozens of packets of heroin in his apartment. Autopsy results were inconclusive, authorities said this week.

Hoffman spoke candidly over the years about past struggles with drug addiction. After 23 years sober, the versatile actor reportedly checked himself into rehab for 10 days last after relapsing in 2012.

Three people have been arraigned on drug charges in connection with Hoffman's death, including one who is facing a felony charge of heroin possession with intent to sell. Lawyers for the three people charged vigorously denied their clients had any role in Hoffman's death.

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Tracey L. McNeel February 07 2014 at 5:07 PM

I can see if the drug dealers were around to entice Mr. Hoffman; bringing back old temptations that would lead him to backslide into his horrific Heroine addiction, but if Mr. Hoffman made all the arrangements by himself to get high on Heroine again, I can't see how it is the fault of his past drug dealers fully responsible for his death. We all make choices, and any person with an addiction has to take full responsibility with of course, group support in making sure he/she does not fall off the band wagon again. This is a very unfortunate incident; someone dieing before their time.

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sbettybooi Tracey L. McNeel February 07 2014 at 5:32 PM

Well, now equality in Stop and Frisk. These people, and there are more are the ones that get away with murder because no one would suspect them, but they are probably the ones supplying to the little fish in my and your communities, but they don't get put in jail, just the little fish that sell it on the streets.

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D B Cooper Tracey L. McNeel February 07 2014 at 7:29 PM

I read somewhere that it's a criminal offense to sell illegal drugs.

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Paula February 07 2014 at 5:59 PM

Sure hope Phil had a will so Mimi and the kids don't get screwed.

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jsinvent February 08 2014 at 7:51 AM

80% of Americans addicted to Heroin started their addcitions on Prescriptions Opioids.

Prescription opioids killed more Americans than Heroin, Cocaine, car accidents and GUNS.

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jonescloudless February 07 2014 at 3:26 PM

Drugs is never the answer.

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lawrencefishberg February 07 2014 at 1:32 PM

If this hadn't been a celebrity overdose, I guarantee, that the ones who sold him the drugs would still be on the streets....personally, I am sick of the unending coverage of celebrity, the fawning over celebrity, and the unequal "justice " given to celebrity.

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susan lawrencefishberg February 07 2014 at 1:40 PM

it is a sickness and addiction that does not discriminate

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soulsister2210 February 07 2014 at 1:33 PM

My Heart And Soul Goes Out To His Children And His Family :(. May He Rest In Peace In Heaven With The Lord And His Beautiful Guardian Angels.

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susan soulsister2210 February 07 2014 at 1:38 PM

I agree nice post

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jonescloudless February 07 2014 at 3:24 PM

In the world we live in today is a lot of this going on. Some people aren't is strong, I think all the money and fame just self destroy themselves. For what ? Look at Justin B to young to much to soon.

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tbavariety February 07 2014 at 1:34 PM

I wonder how god will judge those that are condeming him. He had an illness, people with addictive personalities struggle with this their whole life. Unless you are a doctor or have helped someone you are simply throwing a stone and I believe that Jesus said let ye who is free of sin cast the first stone. I say let the man rest in peace and unless you can condol his family or freinds with kind words then keep quiet. Be careful as those whose heart is full of hate may find the gate closed when you try to enter. I was always brought up if you can't say something nice then don't say anything at all.

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BARTLETT PLASTER tbavariety February 07 2014 at 1:40 PM

drug addiction is not an illness, it is a preference

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petesatmh BARTLETT PLASTER February 07 2014 at 2:03 PM

The medical community begs to disagree.

Addiction and alcoholism are illnesses.

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the medical community are idiots

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margbrown43 February 07 2014 at 1:35 PM

I am sad to see yet another human being die so soon because of drugs. I just wonder why it is always so much more important when actor dies. All lives should be valued. This man has been mourned and fretted over for days and days now. He is no better than anyone else. It would be nice if there was this much outpouring of love for the soldiers who die every day yet remain nameless and faceless and just another statistic. We are a country who thrives on pop culture. It doesn't seem to be working out very well for us.

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jeff February 07 2014 at 1:35 PM

Let's declare "open season" on drug dealers and then take all of their cash and open free clinics for their clients.

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