His children and devastated partner joined by his friends at emotional gathering
- Philip Seymour Hoffman’s girlfriend of 14-years, Mimi O’Donnell, left the West Village home they once shared to attend a wake for the tragic actor
- The couple’s three children, Cooper, 10, Tallulah, 7 and Willa, 5, attended the Upper East Side service with her and she entered the funeral parlor holding her youngest who was asleep
- The wake was attended by the actor’s family and his friends and co-stars including Meryl Streep, Ben Stiller, Cate Blanchett and Ellen Burstyn
- Hoffman was discovered dead from an apparent drugs overdose on Sunday in the apartment he was renting since splitting from O’Donnell
Mimi O’Donnell, the estranged partner of tragic Philip Seymour Hoffman, was visibly distraught as she attended a wake for the Oscar-winning actor on the Upper East Side of Manhattan Thursday night, accompanied by the couple’s three children and their A-list friends.
Hoffman’s partner of 14 years left the West Village home they once shared for only the third time since his death to mourn the actor’s heartbreaking passing at the Frank E. Campbell funeral home.
O’Donnell arrived holding her sleeping daughter, Willa, 5, just before 5pm. Hoffman’s mother, Marilyn O’Connor, entered the funeral home soon after and Hoffman’s former co-stars Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Michelle Williams and Joaquin Phoenix trickled in one by one for the somber event. Actors Meryl Streep, Ben Stiller, Ellen Burstyn, Billy Crudup and Josh Hamilton also attended among others.
O’Donnell, with her youngest on her shoulders, was seen leaving the venue after the service wrapped up around 9 p.m.
Home time: Mimi O’Donnell with her youngest daughter Willa Hoffman is seen coming out of the funeral chapel in NYC
Sticking together: Mimi O’Donnell, the estranged partner of tragic Philip Seymour Hoffman, was visibly distraught as she attended a wake for the Oscar-winning actor with her kids, including Cooper, 10, right, and Willa, 5, left
Paying their respects: Meryl Streep, pictured with her husband Don Gummer Thursday night, came to honor Hoffman’s memory
Dressed for the occasion: Justin Theroux is shown wearing a suit during the private wake
Over: Cate Blanchett looked emotionally exhausted as she left the service
Emotional: Michelle Williams was helped out of the event, and was seen crying, right, in the car
Hoffman, who was discovered on the floor of his bathroom on Sunday by his friend David Bar Katz, had been battling a relapse into drug and alcohol addiction for the best part of a year after being sober for more than 20.
The star of The Hunger Games and Capote reportedly fell off the wagon during the wrap party for his 2012 movie, The Master and entered rehab in May of last year.
Hoffman, 46, who was widely respected as one of the best actor’s of his generation, was found with around 70 bags of heroin inside his apartment on Sunday after Mimi phoned his friend Katz to check on him after he failed to collect their children at 9am.
Thursday’s wake was the first farewell to the troubled stage and film actor. His funeral is due to take place today at St. Ignatius of Loyola, near to the funeral parlor.
On Tuesday, Hoffman’s mother and inspiration, Marilyn O’Connor, arrived in Manhattan from her home in upstate New York to prepare for her son’s funeral.
She helped him through his first battle with heroin after his graduation from NYU in 1989 and in 2005 when he won the Oscar for Capote, he dedicated his award to his mom.
Heartbreaking: Mimi O’Donnell exits a car looking distraught as she holds her daughter Willa, 5, ahead of the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman on the Upper East Side on Thursday evening
Arrival: Cooper, the son of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Mimi O’Donnell, exits his car to walk inside the Frank E. Campbell funeral parlor where friends and family are to gather for Philip Seymour Hoffman on Thursday afternoon
Hand holding: Tallulah, the daughter of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Mimi O’Donnell arrives for the wake of her father Philip Seymour Hoffman New York this evening along with her grandmother Marilyn O’Connor (right)
New York, NY – Mimi O’Donnell and her kids, Cooper, Tallulah and Willa arrive at the Frank E. Campbell funeral parlor for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s wake in New York
Director Mike Nichols and his wife, news anchor Diane Sawyer, arrive for the funeral of deceased actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Theater pals: Actor Eric Bogosian, left, makes his way from the wake of deceased actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman with a friend
Actress Amy Adams, who starred with Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix in The Master, makes her way to the wake
Close: Actor Justin Theroux makes his way to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s wake. He was a close friend of the later Oscar winner and his family
Together: David Bar Katz and his son arrive at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home and Joaquin Phoenix, right
Co-stars: Ben Stiller is seen heading to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s wake. Stiller And Hoffman worked along side each other while filming, the comedy, Along Came Polly
Partners: Actress Cate Blanchett and husband, Australian screenwriter and director Andrew Upton, arrive at Frank E. Campbell for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Wake
Stars: Actress Ellen Burstyn, left, also attended the wake as did director Bennett Miller, right
Friends: Actor Josh Hamilton, center, Billy Crudup, right, and others arrive to pay their respects to Hoffman at the Campbell Funeral Home in New York
On the podium upon receiving the award for best actor, Hoffman said, ‘My mom’s name is Marilyn O’Connor and she’s here tonight. And I’d like if you see her tonight to congratulate her, because she brought up four kids alone and she deserves a congratulations for that. We’re at the party, Ma, you know?’
He continued, ‘She took me to my first play and she stayed up with me and watched the NCAA Final Four and her passions became my passions. Be proud mom, because I’m proud of you. We’re here tonight and it’s so good.’
Meanwhile, two of the suspects arrested after Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death appeared in court Thursday. Both suspects were released on bail.
Max Rosenblum was released from custody on $35,000 bail. Earlier, his live-in girlfriend, Juliana Luchkiw, was released on $1,500 bail after spending a night in jail.
A private funeral for relatives and close friends of Hoffman will take place today, and a larger memorial service will be held later this month, said his publicist, Karen Samfilippo.
On Wednesday, a vigil was held outside the 90-seat home of the LAByrinth Theatre Company, where Hoffman had long been a member. And at 7:45 p.m., Broadway’s lights turned off for a minute.
Sad: Cooper, the ten-year-old son of Philip Seymour Hoffman (left holding a brown bag) leaves the West Village apartment his father used to share with his mother, Mimi O’Donnel (behind) with the couples daughters Willa and Tallulah
Solemn: Mimi O’Donnell leaves her West Village apartment with her daughter Tallulah, 7 and Willa, 5, as her son Cooper, 10, enters the car that will take them to the funeral parlor on the Upper East Side where a wake is being held for their father Philip Seymour Hoffman
Grief: Mimi O’Donnell walks with her daughter’s Willa (front) and Tallulah (wearing a red-lined jacket) as they leave to attend their father Philip Seymour Hoffman’s wake on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on Thursday afternoon
Last frames: Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for his last portrait at the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. Hoffman in January
Covered in tributes and flowers: This is the West Village apartment where Philip Seymour Hoffman was discovered dead on Sunday after an apparent drugs overdose
‘We come together tonight in a spirit of terrible mourning and incredible loss,’ the Rev. Jim Martin, a Jesuit priest and LAByrinth member, told the crowd of about 200 people who stood in a chilly drizzle. ‘But we also come together to celebrate a remarkable life.’
‘Courage was his forte, always,’ said playwright and actor Eric Bogosian, a longtime LAByrinth collaborator. ‘Phil set his bar on the highest rung, on a rung above the highest rung.
He pushed himself relentlessly until finally his efforts virtually redefined the very endeavor we call acting. That’s what he wanted. He wanted to rock the world.’
As Broadway lamented, the criminal justice system quickly acted with arrests that came just days into the high-profile case, reflecting the attention and urgency it has attracted.
At least one of those arrested during the probe into Hoffman’s suspected fatal heroin overdose had the actor’s cellphone number, two law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
Investigators zeroed in on the four after a tipster, responding to publicity about Hoffman’s death, told police he had seen Hoffman at the lower Manhattan apartment building where they were arrested on Tuesday and he believed that’s where Hoffman got the heroin, the officials said.
In searches of two apartments in the building, police found hundreds of packets of heroin in one of them, according to a criminal complaint.
But prosecutors declined to pursue charges against one of the four, saying there was no evidence that he had control of the drugs or the apartment in which they were found, and two of the others were charged only with a misdemeanor charge of possessing cocaine, not heroin.
Much loved: Hundreds of people gather for a candlelight vigil for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in the courtyard of the Bank Street Theater, home of the Labyrinth Theater Company, on Wednesday, in New York
Pensive: Well-wishers attend a memorial service for Philip Seymour Hoffman in New York City on Wednesday night
Happier times: Philip Seymour Hoffman and Mimi O’Donnell – the couple met during a 1999 production of In Arabia We’d All Be Kings and had three children together
Only one, jazz musician Robert Vineberg, was 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 and suggested they were being swept up in a maelstrom of attention surrounding the actor’s demise
‘This case and the charges against Mr. Vineberg have absolutely nothing to do with the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. … We’re hoping the (district attorney) will not use Mr. Vineberg as a scapegoat,’ said his lawyer, Edward Kratt, who declined to say whether Vineberg knew Hoffman.
Rosenblum’ lawyer, Daniel Hochheiser, said his client ‘has nothing to do with Philip Seymour Hoffman.’
Investigators found about 300 packets of heroin, a bag of cocaine and about $1,200 in cash in Vineberg’s apartment, according to criminal complaints.
Investigators have determined that the ‘Capote’ star made six ATM transactions for a total of $1,200 inside a supermarket near his home the day before his death, law enforcement officials have said.
Investigators are examining a computer and two iPads found at the scene for clues and recovered syringes, a charred spoon and various prescription medications, including a blood pressure drug and a muscle relaxant, law enforcement officials have said.
Accused: Max Rosenblum in Manhattan Court on drug charges in the Hoffman death – Rosenblum was released from custody on $35,000 bail
Jazz musician Robert Vineberg, was facing a felony charge of heroin possession with intent to sell
Police learned from phone records that one of the suspects had Hoffman’s number, strengthening the theory that they may have supplied him with drugs, the law enforcement officials said.
The officials, who weren’t authorized to speak about evidence in the ongoing investigation of the death and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity, didn’t identify which of the suspects had the number.
Some of the packets found in Hoffman’s apartment were variously stamped with the ace of hearts and others with the ace of spades.
Those found in the building where the arrests occurred had different brand names, including Black List and Panda, the officials said.
Police were waiting for a cause of death for the Oscar-winning actor from the medical examiner’s office, which said on Wednesday that more tests were needed.
Source : Daily Mail