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Philip Seymour Hoffman fans react to his passing

Monday, February 03, 2014 - 01:39

Feb. 03 - Residents of New York's Greenwich Village talk about the death of the Oscar winner. Alicia Powell reports.

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Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on February 2, in what a New York police source described as an apparent drug overdose. One day after his death, flowers and candles lined the door of his Greenwich Village apartment. Aidan Peters stopped to look at the memorial on his way to school. SOUNDBITE: AIDAN PETERS, FRIEND OF HOFFMAN'S SON, SAYING: "I know his son so it was kind of personal for us. But, it was just really sad." Marion Kahan, a neighbor who described herself as a fan, said she frequently saw him around the neighborhood. SOUNDBITE: Marion Kahan, neighbor, saying (English): "I just think it's heartbreaking. I woke up this morning and I was listening to him speaking about 'Death of a Salesmen' on the radio. And he was so passionate about what he did. But I feel horrible, I feel such compassion for his family and his children. It breaks my heart." Mona Stiles lives in the same building as Hoffman. SOUNDBITE: Mona Stiles, neighbor, saying (English): "I was in the car coming home from a dog show, hence the dog, and just surprised. I mean, he only lived here a few months so I really don't know him at all, except in the elevator." Numerous stars in the music and film world took to social media to share their thoughts. British comedian Russell Brand, who has had his own struggles with drug abuse, offered his sympathies. While Ricky Gervais called Hoffman "one of the greatest actors of our generation". Jim Carrey, Cher and Justin Timberlake also sent out messages to their followers. Hoffman was 46 and is survived by three children.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman fans react to his passing

Monday, February 03, 2014 - 01:39