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Saturday 30 August 2014

Stars bid farewell to tragic star

Karen Matthews

Published 08/02/2014 | 02:30

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Philip Seymour Hoffman's long time partner Mimi O'Donnell with their children Willa Hoffman, Tallulah Hoffman and Cooper Hoffman at the actor's wake
Philip Seymour Hoffman's long time partner Mimi O'Donnell with their children Willa Hoffman, Tallulah Hoffman and Cooper Hoffman at the actor's wake
Actress Cate Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton leave the funeral of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in New York. Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Actress Cate Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton. Reuters
Actress Michelle Williams (R) arrives for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's funeral at St. Ignatius church in the Manhattan borough of New York February 7, 2014.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT OBITUARY)
Actress Michelle Williams. Reuters

The private funeral for Philip Seymour Hoffman in Manhattan was a somber, star-studded event that included Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Amy Adams, Ellen Burstyn and Spike Lee.

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The list of mourners also included: Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Joaquin Phoenix, Louis CK, Mary Louise Parker, John Slattery, Jerry Stiller, Marisa Tomei, Diane Sawyer and her director husband Mike Nichols. Hoffman (46) was found dead in his apartment last Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose. He leaves behind his partner of 15 years, Mimi O'Donnell, and their three children.

The actor's body was carried into the church by pallbearers and O'Donnell – holding their youngest child – followed. Playwright David Bar Katz, who found Hoffman's body, looked visibly upset as he arrived.

The ceremony was held at the Church of St Ignatius Loyola, the same limestone church that hosted the funerals of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Lena Horne and Aaliyah.

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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