Philip Seymour Hoffman laid to rest

Family and close friends paid their final respects in a private funeral for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Friday.  Hoffman’s death was from an apparent overdose at the age of fortysix.

Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Joaquin Phoenix, Mary Louise Parker and Chris Rock were among the Hollywood stars who attended the service at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to mourn the death of the Oscar-winning actor.

Blanchett, who spoke at the funeral along with director Paul Thomas Anderson, braved the cold in a long black coat as the hearse bearing Hoffman’s coffin pulled away from the church on Park Avenue.

Many of the actors at the service had worked with Hoffman. Michelle Williams lost her former partner, actor Heath Ledger, to an accidental drug overdose in 2008.

Scores of photographers, camera crews and reporters stood on piles of snow across from the large church, while fans were kept behind a barricade.

Hoffman, whose body was discovered on Sunday in his Greenwich Village apartment, is survived by his long-term partner, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three young children, Cooper, Tallulah and Willa.

A memorial service is planned for later this month.

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