03:13 PM EDT 03/11/2014
Originally posted 02/06/2014 06:00AM
While three of four people arrested amid the investigation of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death were arraigned on drug charges, the New York theater community mourned the actor with a dimming of Broadway's marquee lights and a candlelight vigil.
The vigil Wednesday night was held outside the 90-seat home of the LAByrinth Theatre Company, where Hoffman had long been a member. And at 7:45 p.m., Broadway's lights turned off for a minute.
"We come together tonight in a spirit of terrible mourning and incredible loss," the Rev. Jim Martin, a Jesuit priest and LAByrinth member, told the crowd of about 200 people who stood in a chilly drizzle. "But we also come together to celebrate a remarkable life."
Originally posted 02/05/2014 01:15PM
Philip Seymour Hoffman's autopsy is inconclusive, and more tests will be needed to determine what caused his death, the New York City medical examiner's office announced Wednesday.
Originally posted 02/05/2014 08:00AM
Among friends and locals in his longtime West Village neighborhood, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was known as a low-key fixture, a family man who rarely drew attention.
But in the wake of the Oscar winner's death at 46 on Feb. 2 of an apparent heroin overdose – and an arrest of those suspected of selling him the heroin – some who knew him say Hoffman had two sides.
"He'd go over to Oliver's restaurant with his [10-year-old] son, Cooper," a neighborhood friend tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. "They'd have lunch, and you'd see them talking and laughing for hours at a time."
"Then, come nightfall, you'd see Phil back at Oliver's, hunched over the bar, alone, looking like an entirely different man," says the friend. "He looked very dark and depressed."
Originally posted 02/04/2014 12:35PM
Richard Bull, a character actor who played shopkeeper Nels Oleson on the 1974-83 TV favorite Little House on the Prairie, died Monday. He was 89.
"This man will be missed," the show's star, Melissa Gilbert, Tweeted. "Goodbye Richard working with you was such a joy but nearly as joyful as being your friend."
Bull was born in Zion, Ill., on June 26, 1924, and in 1948 married actress Barbara Collentine, according to a 2009 Yahoo biographical sketch.
Originally posted 02/04/2014 07:30AM
Joan Mondale, who became Second Lady when her husband Walter Mondale was elected Jimmy Carter's vice president in 1976, died Monday afternoon with her husband, sons Ted and William, and other family members by her side, the family said in a statement. She was 83.
Originally posted 02/03/2014 05:30PM
Luis Raúl Martínez, a popular Puerto Rican comedian, actor and TV host, died Sunday in his Caribbean homeland of complications from pneumonia, according to the Associated Press. He was 51.
Originally posted 02/03/2014 03:45PM
Philip Seymour Hoffman's talent inspired many young actors, and to former Desperate Housewives costar Shawn Pyfrom, the Oscar winner's tragic death on Sunday provided a wake-up call.
Originally posted 02/03/2014 10:00AM
The image was eerie then, devastating now.
Philip Seymour Hoffman looks chillingly vacant in this tintype photo he posed for at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 19, just two weeks before his death Sunday from an apparent heroin overdose.
Photographer Victoria Will took this portrait while Hoffman was promoting A Most Wanted Man with costars Willem Dafoe and Rachel McAdams.
Despite the somber look of the image, Will tells PEOPLE that Hoffman appeared to be "having a great time that day."
"He just was a regular guy," says Will. "Very approachable."
Originally posted 02/02/2014 01:50PM
Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Oscar-winning star of Capote and one of the most acclaimed actors of screen and stage, has died at age 46.
Hoffman, whose body was found lying on the bathroom floor of his New York City apartment shortly after 11:30 a.m. Sunday, died of an apparent drug overdose, a law enforcement official confirms to PEOPLE.
A police source confirms Hoffman had a syringe in his arm and that two clear envelopes of what appeared to be heroin were found nearby. Eight empty envelopes also were discovered, the source says.
The actor entered a detox center last May for heroin. He told TMZ he relapsed in 2012 after staying clean for 23 years, explaining that he first fell off the wagon by abusing prescription drugs before moving on to snorting heroin.
Originally posted 02/01/2014 09:50AM
Austrian actor Maximilian Schell, who won the Academy Award for best actor in 1961 for his portrayal of a defense attorney in the drama Judgment at Nuremberg, has died. He was 83.
He death was announced Saturday by his agent, Patricia Baumbauer, who said that Schell died overnight at a hospital in Innsbruck following a "sudden and serious illness," the Associated Press reported, citing the Austria Press Agency.
The Vienna-born Schell was later honored with further Oscar nominations – in the best actor category for The Man in the Glass Booth in 1975, and for best supporting actor in Julia in 1977.
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