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Two NY celebrations of Hoffman life planned

The mother of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman says there will be public celebrations of her son’s life in both New York City and Rochester this spring.

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports Hoffman’s mother Marilyn O’Connor also wanted to thank her friends and her son’s fans for all of their kind words after his death.

A friend read the retired judge’s statement on Friday during a film series honouring Hoffman. The statement read by retired film critic Jack Garner said Hoffman was “a gift” to O’Connor for 46 years.

Hoffman was found dead February 2 in his Manhattan apartment. The New York City medical examiner said on Friday he was killed by a toxic mix of drugs including heroin and cocaine.

Hoffman grew up just outside Rochester.