Friends, fans mourn Philip Seymour Hoffman at candlelight vigil

Thu Feb 6, 2014 11:08am EST
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of friends and fans of Philip Seymour Hoffman gathered for a candlelight vigil on Wednesday evening outside his New York theater company, paying homage to the acclaimed actor who died of a suspected drug overdose.

Father Jim Martin, a Jesuit priest and member of the company, led a community prayer during the somber outdoor ceremony at the Labyrinth Theater Company, where Hoffman formerly served as artistic director.

"We come together in a period of terrible mourning and incredible loss, and a period of overwhelming grief and sadness, but also to celebrate a remarkable life," he said.

"We will remember Phil in our own ways. We will remember how he touched our hearts."

Hoffman was found in his Greenwich Village apartment on Sunday with a syringe in his arm and plastic bags containing a substance believed to be heroin. The exact cause of death is still unknown, pending further studies, according to a spokeswoman for New York City's Chief Medical Examiner.

Four people arrested in New York have been charged with drug offenses possibly connected to narcotics found at Hoffman's home.

Hoffman, 46, a best actor Oscar winner for his role in the 2005 biographical film "Capote," had been a member of the Labyrinth since 1995 and also served as its artistic director.

Friend and colleague Eric Bogosian praised Hoffman for his courage and humility, as well as his prodigious output in theater and films over 20 years.

"I think it is important to note not only Phil's power as a great, great talent but as a person as well," he said.   Continued...

 
Actor Eric Bogosian speaks at a candle light vigil for late actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the Manhattan borough of New York, February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Keith Bedford