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  • 7 February 2014, 16:02

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Stars Mourn At Wake

Hollywood stars have joined close friends and family to pay their respects at a wake for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The wake was held at the Frank E Campbell Funeral Home on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Among those who attended the event was the actress Amy Adams, who co-starred with Hoffman in the films Doubt and The Master.

Others at the wake included Michelle Williams, Josh Hamilton,Cate Blanchett, Joaquin Phoenix and Diane Sawyer.

The gathering came after hundreds of friends and fans gathered for a candlelight vigil outside the Labyrinth Theatre Company, where Hoffman once served as artistic director.

The 46-year-old star was found dead at his home on Sunday morning with what officials said was a needle in his arm.

Police sources said around 50 envelopes - some empty, some unopened - were discovered inside the apartment and that tests showed they contained heroin.

The samples tested negative for the powerful additive fentanyl - a synthetic morphine which is added to intensify the high.

Three people have been charged with drug offences possibly connected to substances found at the actor's home.

A fourth person has been released without charge.

Hoffman spoke openly of his battle with drugs when he was a younger man, but after 23 years sober he admitted in interviews to renewed substance abuse problems.

An Oscar winner for his role in the 2005 biographical film Capote, Hoffman was considered one of the most gifted stage and film actors of his generation.

A private funeral for Hoffman's relatives and close friends will be held today.

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