Devastated friends and family gather at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on the Upper East Side of Manhattan

By Tim Nudd and Emily Strohm
February 07, 2014 11:40 AM
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Devastated friends and family said goodbye to Philip Seymour Hoffman at his funeral in New York on Friday, remembering a giant of an actor who delivered searing performances on stage and on screen – but who, it appears, tragically died of a drug overdose after relapsing following decades of sobriety.

In all, some 400 mourners attended the private noon service at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Among the earliest of the arrivals were Hoffman’s The Talented Mr. Ripley costar Cate Blanchett with her husband, Andrew Upton; Laura Linney; Julianne Moore; Michelle Williams; and Amy Adams. Others in attendance included Justin Theroux; Joaquin Phoenix; Meryl Streep; Ethan Hawke; Ellen Burstyn; and Spike Lee.

At the stroke of noon, 10 pallbearers carried the casket into the church, as Hoffman’s companion, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children arrived in a black SUV before they entered the house of worship.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, around 1:35 p.m., “Amazing Grace” could be heard from inside the church as the casket was removed and placed in the hearse. The crowd then filed out, including O’Donnell and the children, as those who had assembled wiped away tears and hugged one another.

The Oscar winner, 46, was found dead Sunday morning of an apparent heroin overdose in his West Village apartment. He leaves behind his partner of 15 years, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children – son Cooper, 11, and daughters Tallulah, 7, and Willa, 5.

A private wake was held Thursday at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home in Manhattan. A larger memorial service is expected later this month.