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Philip Seymour Hoffman rejected a plan to set up a trust fund for his children shortly before his death.
The actor passed away in February (14) after suffering a heroin overdose, and he left the bulk of his estate to his longtime partner Mimi O'Donnell, the mother of his three children.
Court documents filed as part of the proceedings have revealed the star discussed a plan to set up a trust for his children with his accountant in the year before his death, but rejected the idea because he didn't want his kids to grow up spoiled.
Attorney James Cahill, Jr., who has been appointed to protect the interests of Hoffman's children, Cooper, 10, Tallulah, seven, and Willa, five, revealed the actor's discussions with accountant David Friedman in the paperwork filed at Manhattan Surrogate's Court in New York City.
In the documents, obtained by the New York Post, Cahill, Jr. states that Friedman "recalled conversations with (Hoffman) in the year before his demise where the topic of a trust was raised for the kids and summarily rejected by him" because he didn't want them to grow up as "trust-fund kids".
The documents also reveal Hoffman wanted O'Donnell to be given spousal rights even though they were not married, with Friedman stating that the actor "simply did not believe in marriage".
Philip Seymour Hoffman's mother has broken her silence about the tragic actor's death, insisting his whole family has been left devastated by his loss. The Capote star was found dead in his New York City apartment on 2 February (14) and now his mum, Marilyn O'Connor, has released a statement publicly addressing Hoffman's passing for the first time.
Her tribute was read out on Friday (28Feb14) by the actor's friend, retired film critic Jack Garner, at a film series held at The Little Theatre cinema in Rochester, New York in Hoffman's honour.
The statement read: "It has been a devastating loss for us, but I know that you also feel a great sorrow.
"We miss and cry for the little boy and the man, the brother, the uncle, the husband (sic), the father, the friend, and while we will miss seeing him, we will also miss his talent, his knowledge of his craft, and seeing results of his hard work. He was a gift to me for 46 years. I wanted more.
"My heart is broken and will never be the same again. I know many of you feel the same. We will find our way through this and hear his clear voice and laughter as we do, because he is cheering for all of us to go on, to shine, to be the best that we can be.
"Thank you all and especially, The Little Theatre, a place Phil loved to go and watch movies."
O'Connor's statement was released shortly before coroners revealed that Hoffman had suffered from a fatal mix of heroin, cocaine and prescription drugs. They listed the 46 year old's cause of death as acute mixed drug intoxication.
The late star, who had three young children with his longtime girlfriend Mimi O'Donnell, was also saluted during a special tribute at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California on Saturday (01Mar14), when his friend Cate Blanchett honoured Hoffman as "a sublimely talented actor". The Sopranos star James Gandolfini and film critic Roger Ebert were also remembered during the awards show.
All three are expected to be included in the In Memorium segment during the Oscars on Sunday night (02Mar14).
Tragic actor Philip Seymour Hoffman left the bulk of his estate to his longtime partner Mimi O'donnell and requested that she bring up their eldest child in just one of three U.S. cities, including his native New York. The Capote star drew up his will in 2004, before his two youngest children were born - and his then-only son Cooper was one, and he expressed a "strong desire" to have his kid surrounded by art and culture.
In the documents, obtained by the New York Post, he wrote, "It is my strong desire... that my son, Cooper Hoffman, be raised and reside in or near the borough of Manhattan... or Chicago, Illinois, or San Francisco, California.
"The purpose of this request is so that my son will be exposed to the culture, arts and architecture that such cities offer."
The actor and O'Donnell went on to have two daughters, Tallulah, seven, and five-year-old Willa, but the will was never updated, so their names were not added to the legal documents.
O'Donnell was named the will's main beneficiary, while Hoffman also appointed her their son's guardian and trustee of a fund set up in Cooper's name to pay for his "education, support, health and maintenance".
According to the papers, filed in Manhattan Surrogate's Court on Wednesday morning (19Feb14), Cooper, now 10, will receive half of the money at the age of 25 and the remainder when he turns 30.
Hoffman's business partner, Emily Tiff, was named the executor of his estate.
The actor died from a suspected heroin overdose on 2 February (14).
Director Paul Thomas Anderson celebrated the life of his close friend and collaborator Philip Seymour Hoffman by delivering a touching eulogy at the actor's funeral in New York on Friday (07Feb14). The filmmaker cast the tragic actor in three of his films - Boogie Nights, Magnolia and The Master - and he helped to pay tribute to his late pal at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola service by sharing his favourite memories, many of which prompted warm laughter from mourners including Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and The Master co-stars Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix.
The Wire star John Doman, who was among the 400 guests at the memorial, tells NBC News, "It was sad, it was celebratory, it was emotional, it was inspirational, it was terrific."
Playwright Jose Rivera, who worked with Hoffman at the Off Broadway Labyrinth Theater Company, tells the Wall Street Journal, "It was quite beautiful. He (Anderson) just had a lot of very personal and lovely memories of Phil. And he made us all laugh; he quoted Phil extensively and we could kind of hear his voice in the room."
After the 90-minute service, Hoffman's coffin was carried out by six pallbearers as his longtime girlfriend, Mimi O'Donnell, and their three young children looked on from the top of the church's steps.
Other stars in attendance at the funeral included Michelle Williams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Ellen Burstyn, John Slattery, Mary Louise Parker, Jerry Stiller, Marisa Tomei and Spike Lee.
A larger, public memorial for Hoffman, who died from a suspected drug overdose on Sunday (02Feb14), is expected to be held later this month (Feb14).
Actors Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Amy Adams, Julianne Moore and Joaquin Phoenix are among the mourners who gathered in New York on Friday (07Feb14) to attend the private funeral of tragic actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Other celebrity friends and admirers, including Michelle Williams, Ethan Hawke, Ellen Burstyn, John Slattery, Mary Louise Parker, Jerry Stiller, Marisa Tomei and Spike Lee, were also spotted arriving at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan's Upper East Side to pay their respects and say farewell to the Oscar winner, who died from a suspected heroin overdose on Sunday (02Feb14).
An estimated 400 guests joined Hoffman's longtime girlfriend, Mimi O'Donnell, and their three young children for the service, which took place a day after friends, family and former co-stars remembered the 46 year old at a wake at the nearby Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home.
The church where the funeral is currently taking place is the same venue where R&B star Aaliyah and former U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis' memorial services were held.
The actor's family has asked for charity donations in lieu of flowers for The DreamYard Project and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation - Hoffman's favourite causes.
A larger, public memorial is expected to be held later this month (Feb14).
Cate Blanchett, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Michelle Williams were among the stars who turned out to remember Philip Seymour Hoffman at a wake in New York City on Thursday evening (06Feb14). The actor was found dead at his home in the Big Apple on Sunday (02Feb14) following a suspected drug overdose, and his famous friends gathered to honour him on the night before his funeral.
Blanchett, who appeared with the actor in 1999 film The Talented Mr. Ripley, attended the gathering at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home in Manhattan along with Hoffman's The Master co-stars Phoenix and Adams.
Williams, who worked with the star on 2008's Synecdoche, New York, was also in attendance, along with actor Josh Hamilton and Hoffman's former partner Mimi O'Donnell and three young children, Cooper, Willa and Tallulah.
A private funeral service for Hoffman will take place in New York City on Friday (07Feb14), and a memorial service will be held later this month (Feb14). The actor's family has asked for charity donations in lieu of flowers for The DreamYard Project and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
American Hustle star Amy Adams broke down in tears during a taped appearance on U.S. interview show Inside the Actors Studio when she remembered working with tragic Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt and The Master. The Oscar winner was chatting to host James Lipton on Wednesday (05Feb14) when she was suddenly overcome with emotion, according to audience members.
One eyewitness tells UsMagazine.com, "She was sobbing and couldn't finish most of her sentences.
"Amy talked about how he was the greatest actor she had worked with, and couldn't even tell stories about him without crying. She said to the audience of acting students, 'I wish you all could have had the chance to work with him'."
Hollywood's heavyweights have all paid tribute to Hoffman, who died of a suspected drug overdose on Sunday (02Feb14), and his closest celebrity friends Joaquin Phoenix, Justin Theroux, Cate Blanchett and Ethan Hawke have visited the actor's longtime partner Mimi O'Donnell and their kids to pay their respects.
Blanchett also pulled out of planned TV interviews on Thursday (06Feb14), so she wouldn't have to talk about her late friend.
Tragic Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman will be laid to rest at a private funeral in his native New York on Friday (07Feb14). Friends and family are expected to gather for a wake, organised by the actor's longtime girlfriend Mimi O'Donnell, on Thursday evening (06Feb14) and they will bid farewell to the Capote star the following day during a service at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan's Upper East Side, according to the New York Daily News.
A host of celebrity pals and co-stars are expected to attend the memorials - Cate Blanchett, Joaquin Phoenix, Ethan Hawke, Michelle Williams and Justin Theroux are just some of the big names who have paid visits to O'Donnell and the couple's three children following Hoffman's his death from a suspected heroin overdose on Sunday (02Feb14).
Meanwhile, his The Talented Mr. Ripley co-star Matt Damon reveals he is still trying to come to terms with Hoffman's passing, because he had no idea of the extent of his friend's drug troubles.
Damon tells U.S. talk show host David Letterman he was unaware of his pal's sobriety struggle after spending more than two decades clean: "I think for people who worked with him, it didn't (show that he was struggling with drugs)... but obviously there was something going on there...
"He went into rehab after I had dinner with him, a month later, and I was as shocked as anybody to read about it so it wasn't the kind of thing that I could see (affecting him)."
And Hoffman's The Ides of March co-star George Clooney adds, "It's weird to be in New York right now because you think of him in this town, so it's very sad. I think everybody in our community is really reeling from it. It's a testament to how much he was loved but it was very sad... It's so hard to understand (his drug troubles) and I think it breaks everybody's heart."
An autopsy carried out on the 46 year old's body on Monday (03Feb14) proved inconclusive and coroners are now awaiting the results of toxicology tests to determine the cause of his death.
An online fundraising campaign has been set up in memory of tragic actor Philip Seymour Hoffman to raise money for his New York theatre company. The Capote actor joined the Labyrinth Theater Company in 1995 and served as its artistic director for several years while also directing and starring in several of its productions. His estranged girlfriend Mimi O'Donnell is the company's current artistic director.
A Crowdrise.com page has now been launched for Labyrinth, with the support of actor Edward Norton, asking for donations to help the company Hoffman loved.
A statement posted on the page reads, "Alongside his celebrated work as an actor, Phil helped build NY's (New York) Labyrinth Theater Company from its inception into one of the top theatre groups in America. Some of the brightest and most original new talents of the last 20 years found their own success because of Phil's steadfast effort and deep commitment to this non-profit theatre. All donations made here by admirers or friends will go to support the Labyrinth in celebration of Phil's great talent, his enormous contributions and his spirit."
As of Thursday (06Feb14), the campaign had raised more than $15,000 (£9,375).
Members of the company gathered outside the theatre on Wednesday night (05Feb14) to hold a candlelight vigil for the actor and Broadway venues dimmed their lights for a minute later in the evening as a mark of respect for Hoffman.
Among the crowd of roughly 200 at the vigil was actor, playwright and Labyrinth member Eric Bogosian, who said, "I think it is important to note not only Phil's power as a great, great talent but as a person as well."
Hoffman was found dead at his New York apartment on Sunday (02Feb14) following a suspected drug overdose. An autopsy proved inconclusive and further toxicology tests are to be carried out.
Actress Cate Blanchett has pulled out of a pair of Thursday morning (06Feb14) U.S. TV appearances because she's too upset about the death of her friend Philip Seymour Hoffman. The Australian star was booked to appear on Good Morning America and Live! With Kelly and Michael to promote her new movie The Monuments Men, but she has opted not to be a guest.
Her representative confirms the interviews were cancelled to "allow Cate the time and privacy to grieve for the loss of her friend Philip Seymour Hoffman."
She became close friends with the tragic Capote star after working with him on 1999 film The Talented Mr. Ripley.
Blanchett, who also refused to chat to the media at Tuesday's (04Feb14) Monuments Men premiere in New York, was spotted visiting Hoffman's longtime partner Mimi O'Donnell and their three kids on Monday (03Feb14).
The actor passed away from a suspected heroin overdose on Sunday (02Feb13).