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Mourners arrive for Hoffman's funeral in New York





BY KAREN MATTHEWS
ASSOCIATED PRESS



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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eileenamaloney February 07 2014 at 1:02 PM

I can only feel extremely sorry for his partner Mimi, and their three children. Those children loved their father. They are the losers in this case. I always admired his acting but I can only think of hiis children at this time.

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jackie February 07 2014 at 10:00 PM

HOW COME HE WESTBORO BAPIST CHURCH DID NOT GO TO HIS WAKE?

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cassidysmommy99 February 07 2014 at 3:46 PM

The true victims are his children. They had no say in his vices.

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larry February 07 2014 at 9:36 PM

It's sad the drug-adddicted, self-destructive, celebrities get more attention and sympathy than our troops, that are fighting for our freedom for those self-destructive celebrities to buy those drugs and snort that coke. Pray for our troops, their safety and their families.

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ajpoolio1 larry February 07 2014 at 9:40 PM

Ride on .So true.

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bashman30 larry February 08 2014 at 6:30 AM

Semper Fi

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"The Walking Dead"

In Country 2/72- 30 April 1975

Not As Lean Not As Mean......Still a MARINE

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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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Fred February 08 2014 at 12:54 PM

If only they would solve murders as quick as they did this drugheads death.

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Jerry Fred February 08 2014 at 1:00 PM

Fred, you are certainly entitled to your opinion. Was your comment constructive? You are obviously venting.

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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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BARTLETT PLASTER BARTLETT PLASTER February 07 2014 at 3:07 PM

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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Jessica February 07 2014 at 1:35 PM

Everyone suffers when someone they love is an addict. The biggest loss incurred here is for the children who won't get to see their father anymore. Prayers for them.

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