Philip Seymour Hoffman's Family Planning to Hold Private Funeral in New York

By Natalie Finn
|  Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014  |  Updated 5:50 PM CDT
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    Philip Seymour Hoffman will be close to home when he's laid to rest.

    A private funeral service will be held in New York City for family and close friends of the actor, who was found dead Sunday morning in his West Village apartment after an apparent drug overdose.

    Hoffman's rep confirmed the preliminary funeral plans to E! News, adding that a separate memorial service is also in the works for later this month, also in NYC.

    In lieu of sending flowers, the Oscar winner's loved ones are asking that mourners make contributions to causes that we close to Hoffman's heart, the DreamYard Project and the Christopher &Dana Reeve Foundation.

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    "The family wishes to thank everyone for their continued support and good wishes," the rep said.

    Hoffman's sudden death at 46 triggered a flood of tributes and appreciations for his body of work and his chameleon-like ability to disappear into his roles, turning pretty much every character he ever played into a scene-stealer, albeit a subtle one. He won a Best Actor Oscar for "Capote" in 2006 and was nominated for three Supporting Actor Oscars, an Emmy for the HBO movie "Empire Falls," a Daytime Emmy for animated voice work on "Arthur," and three Tony Awards for his stage work.

    Past costars Cate Blanchett and Justin Theroux were among those who visited Mimi O'Donnell, the mother of Hoffman's three kids, at her Manhattan apartment yesterday.

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    Sadly, while he was busy promoting two new projects at the Sundance Film Festival just weeks ago, O'Donnell told investigators that he seemed under the influence of something when she last saw him Saturday afternoon, according to the Wall Street Journal, which also referred to her as Hoffman's "estranged partner."

    A law-enforcement source confirmed to E! News that numerous bags of heroin were found in Hoffman's apartment, as well as a number of empty bags, used syringes and a number of prescription medications.

    An autopsy was to take place Monday, but usually the medical examiner will not sign off on an official cause of death until toxicology tests have been completed.

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