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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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muleskinner07 February 07 2014 at 4:12 PM

This could be made into something positive if used as an example to younger people that drugs do not make you entertaining .

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boardworks February 07 2014 at 1:16 PM

Drug dealers have no fear of punishment! The worst that can happen is they get a few years in a comfortable jail, the get parolled and they're back on the street selling drugs and killing people again. We now have a culture that is afraid to severely punish monsters who sell drugs and the criminals know it. I've voted in california for the death penalty many times but it just isn't going to happen and the result is rampant crime. We had our car broken into (6th time in 3 years) in Oakland 2 weeks ago and I blame the weird permissive attitude of local and state politicians.

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LeapinLeah boardworks February 07 2014 at 1:49 PM

"Comfortable jail". Well, now there's a statement. How many times have you spent time in jail? Best not to speak on topics of which you have no experience.

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dal February 08 2014 at 6:08 AM

Your eyes are moist, you scream and shout as if you were a man posessed.
from deep inside comes rushing forth, all the anguish you supressed.
Upon your wall hangs your degree, your parents prayed so much for you.
And though you're trained to make your mark, you still don't quite know what to do.
It's never to late to start all over again, to love the people who caused the pain and help them learn your need. It's never to late.
Because they say you only get one life to live and when you're dead, you're gone.
Your family cries by your grave and the tears in their eyes say you did something wrong... left us alone!
Now tell me whos to say when its finally done, when you're dead and gone you won't be back again. You can find a way to change today, you don't need to wait til then. It's never to late to start all over again.

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Bernadette dal February 08 2014 at 9:18 AM

In this case, for PSH it really is too late.

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laplayita725 February 07 2014 at 5:32 PM

Fredo in the Godfather? I think not! He was great in a movie ( co-staring Minnie Driver ) about a compulsive gambler. Can't remember the name of it. Also, Magnolia and Bogie Nights. I thoroughly looked forward to and enjoyed all of his movie performances

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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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jeff February 07 2014 at 1:23 PM

Fing the drug dealer and hang him in Times Square.

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margaret February 07 2014 at 1:24 PM

Bottomless sadness ... his lovely children, how soon to ve confronted with reality ...

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staycoolusa margaret February 07 2014 at 1:28 PM

It gives them a good chance or a excuse to do what he did. He never cared really about his children

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LeapinLeah staycoolusa February 07 2014 at 1:37 PM

You have no right to make that kind of determination. How much he cared for his children is not for anyone to determine or decide. I'm sure he loved his children.

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Zellaisme February 07 2014 at 2:28 PM

No matter how or what caused a persons death there is always someone who loved and cared about you and that's what makes it tragic! Famous or ordinary we all feel the same pain, sorrow and void when we lose a loved one. Sincere sympathy to all who's life was touched by Phil Hoffman. Its never easy to say goodbye especially when its the last :(

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Camp Bulldog February 07 2014 at 6:41 PM

Learn from others. Use your brain to save your own ass. If you have a problem....FIX IT.

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acedoutwide February 07 2014 at 7:40 PM

It's not that people are trying to be mean. They should play this down already. Considering the circumstances of his death, this should just be more private. He has 3 children, probably seeing and hearing this stuff over and over again. There should be a savior for every troubled soul but unfortunately, life does not work that way. Blaming dealers and other users does not undo his actions and ultimate demise. Pray for his family, those who knew and loved him and give it a rest already.

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