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.
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
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.