Philip Seymour Hoffman's Will: Son Should Live in NYC for Culture, Arts

Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 06:42 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s will left all of his possessions to his longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, and asked that his son grow up near New York, Chicago, or San Francisco.

The specification about living arrangements for his now 10-year-old son Cooper was written when the boy was about 1 year old and before the couple’s two daughters, Tallulah and Willa, were born.

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“It is my strong desire, and not direction to my guardian, that my son, Cooper Hoffman be raised and reside in or near the borough of Manhattan in the State of New York, or Chicago, Illinois, or San Francisco, California," CNN quoted from the 13-page will.

The provision was to only come into play if O’Donnell wasn’t alive when Hoffman died and a guardian would be appointed. The will went on to say that if Cooper couldn’t live in one of those areas, that he should visit at least twice a year.

“The purpose of this request is so that my son will be exposed to the culture, arts and architecture that such cities offer,” the will continued, according to CNN.

The will was signed in October 2004. Oscar-winning actor Hoffman, 46, was found dead of a drug overdose on Feb. 2.

Media outlets pointed out that Los Angeles, where Hoffman spent much of his acting career, was “notably” absent from the list and speculated that the famous actor didn’t want his son in Hollywood.

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The New York Daily News reported that Hoffman’s estate is valued at about $35 million. The will also set up a trust fund for Cooper, which he can get when he turns 30.

Hoffman and O’Donnell were estranged in the months before his death.

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