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Private Funeral Held for Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Family and friends of Philip Seymour Hoffman gathered in Manhattan Friday for the actor's funeral. NY1's Frank DiLella filed the following report.

It was a sad and somber day as family and friends gathered to remember Philip Seymour Hoffman at his funeral Friday.

The funeral was a private event at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on the Upper East Side.

Hoffman's entertainment colleagues, including Meryl Streep, Jake Gyllenhaal and Mike Nichols, were among the hundreds who attended the service.

Playwright Jose Rivera, who collaborated with the late actor on plays at the off-Broadway Labyrinth Theater Company, was one of the attendees.

Everybody had a lot to remember in terms of Phil, and I think he left an enormous amount of love behind, and people whose lives he touched and will always be affected by his life and his art," Rivera said.

The eulogy was delivered by director/writer Paul Thomas Anderson, who worked with Hoffman most recently in 2012 on the film "The Master".

"He just had a lot of very personal and lovely memories of Phil," Rivera said. "He made us all laugh. He quoted Phil extensively, and you could kind of hear his voice in the room."

Hoffman was found dead in his West Village apartment on Sunday with a needle in his arm. Police believe he overdosed, but autopsy reports so far are inconclusive.

Most funeral attendees did not want to talk to reporters following the service, but actor Stephen McKinley Henderson, who was directed by Hoffman in the off-Broadway play "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot," had this to say:

"Everything was from the heart," he said. "Nothing for show. Everything from the heart."

Hoffman was 46 at the time of his death. He leaves behind three children with longtime partner Mimi O'Donnell.

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