Family and friends gather to mourn Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Family and friends gather to mourn Philip Seymour Hoffman

Family and friends gather to mourn Philip Seymour Hoffman
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Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s family and friends attended a wake in his memory on Thursday evening in New York.

Actors Amy Adams, Michelle Williams, Justin Theroux, Cate Blanchett and Joaquin Phoenix were among those at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Photographers and fans trying to get a glimpse of the celebrities were cordoned off behind barriers as police escorted the visitors in and out of the building.

Hoffman was found dead on Sunday following a suspected drug overdose.

A private funeral service was being held in New York on Friday, followed by a memorial service later in February.

Theatre world tributes

Hoffman, an Academy Award winner for his role in the 2005 biographical film Capote, was considered one of the most gifted stage and film actors of his generation.

On Wednesday evening hundreds of fans paid homage to him during a somber candlelight vigil outside the Labyrinth Theater Company in Greenwich Village.

Hoffman had been a member and a former artistic director of the New York company, which is one of the nation’s leading ensemble theater groups.

Broadway also honoured the actor when it dimmed marquees for a minute on Wednesday evening.

Although Hoffman is best known for his film roles, he appeared on stage frequently. He earned Tony award nominations for his role as Willy Loman in ‘Death of a Salesman’ and for his parts in ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ and ‘True West’.