Hundreds came to say good bye to Philip Seymour Hoffman. The private funeral at 'St. Ignatius of Loyola' church on 'Park Avenue' was filled with actors, writers and directors who had worked with the academy award-winning actor.
Actress Cate Blanchett spoke at the service. Also paying their respects were Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Marrisa Tomei, Michelle Williams, Brian Dennehy, Spike Lee, Joaquin Phoenix and Ethan Hawke.
The film and theater community is mourning the loss of Hoffman, who is widely considered to be among the best of his generation.
Playwright Jose Rivera says it was a beautiful tribute.
"It was respectful, loving, and simple," Rivera says.
Hoffman leaves behind his partner of 15 years, Mimi O'Donnell, and their three children.
Hoffman, 46, was found in his 'West Village' apartment Sunday dead of an apparent heroin overdose.
The actor had spoken candidly about his struggle with drugs. He had been clean for more than 20 years before suffering a relapse about 2 years ago.
Those remembering Hoffman today say the service celebrated his life. Friends talked about funny memories with the actor.
"He made us all laugh. You could always hear his voice in the room," Rivera remembers
"I think he connected universally through reaching down in a deep part of himself. I don't know there is something spiritual about the whole thing. The way people who didn't even know him were so affected.It is just so unexpected." actress Amy Stiller says.
NICE EASTER WEEKEND
The first half of the holiday weekend has been great and Easter Sunday looks just as nice. Clouds thin out late tonight with temperatures falling back to the 40s.
Initially it'll be jacket weather early Sunday morning but plenty of sunshine will warm us into the 60s by afternoon. High temperatures will be a few degrees cooler than Saturday.
It will be noticeably cooler and breezy at the shore with highs in the low 50s. Quiet conditions continue into Monday.