Celebrities including George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bill Murray pay tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died from a suspected drug overdose. Francis Maguire reports.
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Hollywood's leading stars pay tribute to Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman who was found dead in a New York apartment from a suspected drug overdose.
At the world premiere of "The Monuments Men" in New York, Matt Damon, who appeared with Hoffman in "The Talented Mr. Ripley", called his former co-star a special talent.
SOUNDBITE: Actor, Matt Damon, saying (English):
"He was a really special human being. He was one of the best actors who ever lived without a doubt. And anybody who worked with him felt that, felt grateful for having a chance to work with him. I hope something comes of it somehow, but I can't see how that would be - it just feel like a horrible big black hole."
The actor and director George Clooney said it was tough to be at the premiere in light of Hoffman's passing.
SOUNDBITE: Actor, George Clooney, saying (English):
"Well, I mean there is no other reaction. Just shock and horror and sorrow. It's very difficult and very tricky to be here tonight in this town, you know, two days after he, you know, he's gone. And you know, it's a very difficult time for everybody here and I think that everyone is sort of putting on their best face and getting out and doing the premiere. It's not what anybody wants to be doing."
Bill Murray also expressed his sadness about Hoffman's death.
SOUNDBITE Actor, Bill Murray, saying (English):
"I didn't know what his pain was. I'm sorry he had all that pain, I'm sorry that he died the way he did. I hope that his pain has ended and I hope that his children are okay, his family is alright in the future."
An autopsy has been performed and results are expected soon.
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