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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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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 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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Jerry February 08 2014 at 12:37 PM

Back to reality! Phillip Seymour Hoffman was human. He was an extremely talented actor. He was a father. He had countless friends and adoring fans. He was also an addict. Drug addiction destroyed his life. Many of those that have commented, crucified him. To what end? His death is tragic. How many of us understand that Philip Hoffman is a modern day Willy Loman? Very few of us have reached such a profound level of despair. Some take their own lives knowingly; others allow their actions to lead to their inevitable demise. In any case, his children will grow up without a father. Society has suffered another loss. Mourn the man's passing, if you desire; condemn him not. Nothing is going to bring him back to life. If you know anyone in need of comfort, as they struggle throughout their daily life, reach out to them. The greatest gift we can offer is love and compassion. Rest in peace, Philip Hoffman. May G-d bless you all!

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JOHNTYKIE February 08 2014 at 12:31 PM

Why do we continue to try to make society believe that we are fighting the war on drugs? We have sports figures, movie personalities TV personalities that brag almost daily of the fact that they do drugs. Nothing is ever done about that. These people are, unfortunately, the ones that are roll models for your children. And yet, you think it's cute and funny when they brag about it. Now on top of everthing else, you vote to legalize the smoking of marijuana. If you are so stupid as to think this new law is for medicinal purposes only, then you must be smoking more than your fair share.

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Chris and Paul February 08 2014 at 12:20 PM

This guy killed himself with dangerous drugs... he knew there was a risk.... WHY then is it so important for the media to treat this guy who killed himself like he is some kind of a hero????...Stop and think... what kind of a poor confused message this sends to the youth of our country!!! Its Ok... and then to go onward trying to blame someone else who gave or sold the guy the drugs.... like it is their fault he was an addict and they held him down and injected with lethal substances? NOT!
When will we stop glamorizing what's wrong... I would think the guy didnt want to die any more than Michael Jackson did.... but just like the Jackson case... doing wrong is given a higher level of coverage and importance by our media ... Would be nice if this werent true!

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Gailyn February 08 2014 at 12:32 PM

Well said...I feel bad for his family but this guy does not deserve to be glorified to this extent. The real heroes are our brave men and women that serve in the military and give their lives for this country every day. They are the ones that deserve the media attention...not some Hollywood heroin addict!

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JOHNTYKIE February 08 2014 at 12:35 PM

You are absolutely right. The same goes for Elvis and the rest of them. The problem is not only with the druggies but also the morons that are so stupid that they don't even know what is happening right under their own eyes.

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mphseason February 08 2014 at 12:12 PM

What makes this repulsive to me, is the fact they had it for a photo shot, so all these celebs needed to be seen there to show how sad they are. I respect the families of celebs that keep it private, and move on with their lives...imo...

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JOHNTYKIE February 08 2014 at 12:36 PM

And I would bet that at least 75% of them do drugs also.

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Fred February 08 2014 at 12:55 PM

They are sad, one of their suppliers has passed away.

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dave1marine February 08 2014 at 11:56 AM

10 days in rehab, 30 days in rehab? A person could spend a YEAR in "rehab" and still never be clean. Rehab simply gives one the TOOLS to be clean / sober. They don't have "magic wands" that are waved over an addicts head that miraculously "cues" them. The RESOLVE to be clean /sober must originate in the mind.
This guy had the financial means to choose the best "rehab" facilities on the planet, yet he CHOSE not to, leaving a family behind in the process.
Also, WHERE were all of these "mourning friends" when he needed support when he was ALIVE?

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Charlie dont surf February 08 2014 at 12:28 PM

PSH was in an East Coast rehab facility in 2013.

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hattie54 February 08 2014 at 11:51 AM

Pretty coffin.Hope his kids didn't inherit his " tendencies ".:(

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LadyGodiva February 08 2014 at 11:40 AM

Miss High n Mighty Cate Blanchette is sure putting her nose well into his business now...I wonder if she was a good enough friend to try and get him help when she knew he needed it? Phony!!

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mtal222 February 08 2014 at 11:39 AM

What a waste!

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meezmos February 08 2014 at 11:39 AM

Come on Spike....have some respect, this is a funeral, not a snowball fight...........and ditch the headphones!!!

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JOHNTYKIE February 08 2014 at 12:37 PM

Spike is probably dealing while at the funeral. Yea right, Spike Lee doesn't do drugs. LOL

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