Stars gather at pri­vate funeral for Hoff­man

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK — Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man’s pri­vate funeral was held in Man­hat­tan on Fri­day, with stars Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Brian Den­nehey, Amy Adams and Ellen Burstyn pay­ing their re­spects to an ac­tor widely con­sid­ered among the best of his gen­er­a­tion. The cof­fin hold­ing Hoff­man’s body was brought out of the Church of St. Ig­natius Loy­ola by pall­bear­ers and put it a hearse, and fam­ily and guests be­gan to stream out Fri­day af­ter­noon. Streep hugged Diane Sawyer as they left. The list of mourn­ers also in­cluded Michelle Wil­liams, Ju­lianne Moore, Joaquin Phoenix, Louis C.K., Mary Louise Parker, John Slat­tery, Jerry Stiller, Marisa Tomei, Spike Lee and Sawyer’s hus­band, the di­rec­tor Mike Ni­chols. Play­wright David Bar Katz, who found Hoff­man’s body, looked vis­i­bly up­set as he ar­rived. 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. O’Don­nell was seen cradling their youngest child as she en­tered the church. Po­lice did not al­low any­one to linger on the block out­side the church, and the me­dia was penned in an area far from the mourn­ers. 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.

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