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Stars attend private funeral for Hoffman

Published on Feb 8, 2014 7:13 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - A-list stars Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett joined hundreds of mourners at the private funeral on Friday of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died of an apparent heroin overdose.

Actors Ethan Hawke, Joaquin Phoenix, Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams - the former girlfriend of Heath Ledger, who also died of an overdose - also braved the New York chill to attend.

The 46-year-old Hoffman, who appeared in dozens of films and was hailed by many as the finest character actor of his generation, was found dead on Sunday at his rented Manhattan apartment.

The service, closed to members of the press and the public, lasted for around an hour and a half at the imposing Church of St Ignatius Loyola on Park Avenue in Manhattan.

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