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Philip Seymour Hoffman called self an addict; private funeral set

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose, will be laid to rest in a private funeral in New York City, with a memorial service to be held later, according to reports out Tuesday.

The funeral will be only for “the family and close friends,” a rep told People in a statement. It will be held Friday, according to the Daily Mail. The memorial, also to be held in New York, is still being planned.

In lieu of flowers, the family said through the rep, people could donate to the DreamYard Project or the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, both of which Hoffman supported.

Meanwhile, telling stories about the 46-year-old actor and father of three continued to emerge in the wake of his death, among them an anecdote from the Sundance Film Festival in which he blurted to a stranger that he was an addict.


According to the New York Post’s Page Six, magazine publisher John Arundel didn’t immediately recognize a hat-wearing Hoffman and asked him about his line of work.

“He said, ‘I’m a heroin addict,’” Arundel told the paper Monday, noting that the actor added he’d just gotten out of rehab. 

In the six weeks before his death, the “Capote” Oscar-winner was allegedly on a heroin binge and also drinking heavily, TMZ reported Tuesday. More than 20 years sober, he’d gone back to AA to see if it would help.

“If I don’t stop I know I’m gonna die,” Hoffman reportedly told a friend when asked about the severity of his drug problem, the website said.


By Monday, reports of how much heroin had been found in his apartment had crept up to 70 packets, 50 of them unopened, according to the New York Daily News. Prescription drugs and syringes were also found.

An autopsy was conducted Monday; toxicology tests are still pending.


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