Hollywood Elite Mourns Philip Seymour Hoffman
Stars attend private funeral in New York City
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 7, 2014 5:55 PM CST
Mimi O'Donnell, center, estranged partner of Philip Seymour Hoffman, stands with their three children, from left, Willa, Tallulah and Cooper, in the doorway of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Brian Dennehey, Amy Adams, and Ellen Burstyn were among the stars who paid their respects today at a private funeral for Philip Seymour Hoffman that combined sadness and humor to honor 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 in New York City by pallbearers and put in a hearse as family and guests began to stream out this afternoon. Streep hugged Diane Sawyer as they left.

"He left an enormous amount of love behind. It's a terrible loss," said Jose Rivera, a playwright whose work has been produced by Hoffman's LAByrinth Theatre Company. He said the service was loving and simple, with people sharing their memories of Hoffman and laughing. "It was quite beautiful and heartfelt and sincere, and everybody had a lot to remember, in terms of Phil," Rivera said. The list of mourners also included Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Joaquin Phoenix, Louis C.K., Mary Louise Parker, John Slattery, Laura Linney, Jerry Stiller, Chris Rock, Marisa Tomei, Spike Lee, and Sawyer's husband, the director Mike Nichols. Playwright David Bar Katz, who found Hoffman's body, was visibly upset as he arrived.

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Feb 9, 2014 9:36 AM CST
Sometimes the War on Drugs kills Someone by mistake.....Like in all Wars, only poor people and civilians are supposed to die.....But, mistakes happen....
Feb 8, 2014 7:26 AM CST
just another drug user! no big deal! you use you lose you die bby!
Feb 8, 2014 1:08 AM CST
People! Have some grace. A man who many people loved died.