Philip Seymour Hoffman Mourned at Funeral Attended by Hollywood's Finest
Philip Seymour Hoffman was remembered at a private but star-studded funeral on Manhattan's Upper East Side on Friday.
The somber crowd of those mourning the 46-year-old actor included many of Hoffman's former co-stars and directors according to the Associated Press, including Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Ethan Hawke, Michelle Williams, Joaquin Phoenix, Ellen Burstyn, Spike Lee, John Slattery and Mike Nichols (accompanied by his ABC News anchor wife Diane Sawyer), who directed Hoffman in his acclaimed Broadway production of Death of a Salesman and the 2007 film Charlie Wilson's War. Lee directed Hoffman in The 25th Hour and Slattery directed Hoffman in his new film God's Pocket, which Hoffman promoted at last month's Sundance Film Festival.
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Other guests spotted by the AP included Chris Rock, Louis C.K., Mary Louise Parker, Jerry Stiller and Marisa Tomei. Playwright David Bar Katz, who found Hoffman's body, was also in attendance, according to the AP, and looked visibly upset as he arrived.
"Phil was a lovely guy, a great artist," Lee told the AP. ''I was only able to work with him one time, but I love him and, a big loss, a big loss."
Despite the many public figures in attendance, Hoffman's family insisted earlier in the week that the funeral remain private. The ceremony was held at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, which also hosted the funerals of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Lena Horne and Aaliyah, the AP reported.
His body was carried into the church by pallbearers before the start of the service. Hoffman's longtime girlfriend, costume designer Mimi O'Donnell followed, holding their youngest child. Pallbearers carried the coffin out of the church and put it back in the hearse after the funeral ended, and family members and guests began to leave the church Friday afternoon.
There was a private wake Thursday evening at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home in Manhattan. A larger memorial service is being planned for later this month, the AP added.
Hoffman was found dead Sunday in his West Village apartment of what is believed to be a heroin overdose. The Oscar-winning actor was found with a needle sticking out of his arm, with envelopes of heroin, used and unused syringes and prescription drugs nearby. An autopsy conducted earlier in the week was inconclusive, meaning further tests will need to be done to determine his cause and manner of death.
Adams, who also attended Thursday night's wake, reportedly broke down in tears while talking about Hoffman during the Wednesday taping of her appearance on Inside the Actors Studio, according to US Weekly.
The actress, who co-starred with Hoffman in Doubt and The Master, seemed to be overcome with emotion while talking about what a great actor he was and telling the audience of acting students she wished they had the chance to work with him.
Adams is up for a best actress Oscar for her work in American Hustle. Her Inside the Actors Studio episode airs on Feb. 19 on Bravo.