Philip Seymour Hoffman Funeral Attended by Family, Famous Friends

Friday, 07 Feb 2014 06:50 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Friends and family of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman gathered for his private funeral in New York on Friday, laying to rest a man CNN called “one of the greatest actors of this generation.”

The funeral was held at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on Park Avenue, and by mid-morning, a line of those close to the actor streamed into the church. Among those honoring Hoffman were Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Louis C.K., Diane Sawyer, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, CNN said.

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Paul Thomas Anderson, a director who worked on “Boogie Nights” and “The Master” with Hoffman, gave the eulogy, the Wall Street Journal said.

“It was quite beautiful," Jose Rivera, a writer who worked with New York's LAByrinth Theater Company, told the Journal. "He just had a lot of very personal and lovely memories of Phil. And he made us all laugh; he quoted Phil extensively and we could kind of hear his voice in the room."

"It was honest, from the heart. Everything was from the heart," Stephen Henderson, actor and acting teacher at the University of Buffalo, told the Journal.

Many gathered Thursday evening for a private wake at a New York funeral home, The Wrap said. Security kept reporters and photographers away as Hoffman’s friends, along with his three young children and estranged partner Mimi O’Donnell, made their way to the wake.

Fans gathered Wednesday outside Hoffman’s New York theater company to mourn the actor. A public memorial service will be planned.

Also Wednesday, Broadway honored the much-admired actor by dimming marquee lights and holding a vigil.

Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday. Although it is suspected he died of a heroin overdose, an initial autopsy was inconclusive. A New York Medical Examiner spokeswoman said more reports on the cause of Hoffman’s death are expected.

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