Thursday, February 6, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s family and friends begin final farewells

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s nearest and dearest — including longtime girlfriend Mimi O’Donnell and the couple’s three young children — are gathering at an Upper East Side funeral home to begin their final farewells.

At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, O’Donnell, a costume designer, left her Jane Street apartment with Cooper, 10, Tallulah, 7, and Willa, 5.

Brave Cooper exited the reporter-ringed apartment first, wearing a dark sweater and black slacks, followed by his mom, who wore a dark coat and heels, a blue scarf at her neck.

The mom held little Willa’s hand and exchanged a sad, but fond, look with the girl as they joined Cooper in crossing from their front door to a chauffered black GMC Yukon XL.

The littlest Hoffman wore leopard print shoes and a purple dress with a white ribbon at the waist under her dark coat; and her older sister, Tallulah, wore jeans and a lime green shirt under a a dark coat. Both girls sucked on lollipops as they ducked past the cameras and into the waiting vehicle.

The family entered the Frank E. Campbell funeral home on Madison Avenue at 81st Street at 4:10 p.m.
Hoffman’s mother and brother Gordy were inside to greet them.

The wake is slated to start at 5 p.m. and go until 9 p.m., with the funeral set for Friday at St. Ignatius of Loyola on Park Avenue.

Hoffman was found dead, with a needle still in his forearm, on Sunday morning in the Bethune Street apartment he’d rented after O’Donnell reportedly asked him to leave due to his ongoing drug use.

O’Donnell had become alarmed when the Academy Award-winning actor failed to pick the children up that morning as previously planned; she called Hoffman’s playwright pal, David Bar Katz, who joined his assistant and found Hoffman’s body.

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