NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Philip Seymour Hoffman’s private funeral was held in Manhattan on Friday, with stars Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Brian Dennehey, Amy Adams and Ellen Burstyn paying their respects to an actor widely considered among the best of his generation.
The coffin holding Hoffman’s body was brought out of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola by pallbearers and put in a hearse, and family and guests streamed out Friday afternoon. Streep hugged Diane Sawyer as they left.
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The list of mourners also included Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Joaquin Phoenix, Louis C.K., Mary Louise Parker, John Slattery, Jerry Stiller, Marisa Tomei, Spike Lee and Sawyer’s husband, the director Mike Nichols.
Playwright David Bar Katz, who found Hoffman’s body, looked visibly upset as he arrived.
“I loved the guy. Great artist. I was only able to work with him one time but, love him. Big loss, big loss,” Spike Lee told WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola following the service.
“He was an incredible person, he was a good man and a great talent and I think it’s really a loss for humanity,” friend John Doman told CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown. “It’s just a tremendous loss.”