2 Hoffman Memorial Celebrations Planned: Mom
Public events set for New York City, Rochester
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 1, 2014 1:59 PM CST
CORRECTS SPELLING OF FIRST NAME TO PHILIP INSTEAD OF PHILLIP - In this Jan. 19, 2014 photo, Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance...   (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Two public celebrations of Philip Seymour Hoffman's life are planned, says his mother—one in New York City and one in Rochester, New York. At a screening of the Hoffman film Capote in Rochester, critic Jack Garner read a statement by Marilyn O'Connor thanking fans and friends for their support, the Democrat & Chronicle reports. "It has been a devastating loss for us, but I know that you also feel a great sorrow," she said. "We miss and cry for the little boy and the man, the brother, the uncle, the husband, the father, the friend ... We will also miss his talent, his knowledge of his craft, and seeing results of his hard work. He was a gift to me for 46 years. I wanted more." Hoffman's death was yesterday confirmed as the result of an accidental drug overdose.

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Mar 3, 2014 11:31 AM CST
Good grief, when ya gonna bury this junky already?! It's not like he found the cure for cancer!
Mar 2, 2014 2:52 PM CST
A great shame that this great actor died but where there is a cure out there but Western governments are blocking its introduction due to the giant pharmaceuticals and treatment industry not wishing its introduction, as it would hit their bottom line to the tune of tens of billions of dollars a year - http://worldinnovationfoundation.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/what-successive-governments-and.html This is what is happening because of powerful vested-interest and humanity can go to hell on the high altar of the bottom-line. Indeed as this treatment is a humane treatment with no 'cold-turkey' you would have thought that governments would have welcomed this cure with open arms, but you would be wrong. In this respect if a cure was allowed, they would be substantially reduced need for methadone etc (these treatments are far more addictive than heroin et al) and therefore worth billions in drug sales. Indeed most drug addicts never come off the maintenance treatment regimes and that is why their drugs are a continual cash-cow for them. Dr David Hill Chief Executive World Innovation Foundation
Mar 2, 2014 2:32 PM CST
Poor mummy. Still cannot come to terms that as a junkie her son was a LOSER. Don't whine -- that is EXACTLY what any addict is -- a self centered loser. If you cannot pull up your inner strength to beat ANY addiction, you do not DESERVE my pity. Just one less carbon footprint in a world filled with stupid.