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Prize to be awarded to playwright in honour of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Published on Feb 26, 2014 11:22 AM
United States actor Philip Seymour Hoffman poses on the red carpet during a screening for the movie The Master at the 69th Venice Film Festival in Venice on Sept 1, 2012. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - An annual prize will award US$45,000 (S$56,909) to a playwright in honour of Oscar-winning American actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died this month from a suspected heroin overdose. 

The prize is being funded by gossip magazine The National Enquirer and its publisher, American Media Inc, which falsely reported that Hoffman had a gay affair with a friend.

The friend, David Katz, came up with the idea after settling a libel case over the article, his lawyer Judd Bernstein told AFP.

The newly created American Playwriting Foundation is likely to award the first prize for an unproduced play this year, he said.

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