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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