Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Hoffman ‘left estate to partner’

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman reportedly left strict instructions for the upbringing of his son in his will, apparently penned in 2004.

The Oscar-winner died of an apparent heroin overdose in New York City on February 2 at the age of 46.

According to documents filed in Manhattan Surrogate Court and obtained by the New York Daily News, Philip signed a will back in 2004 that left everything he owned to the mother of his three children, Cooper, 10, Tallulah, seven, and Willa, five.

Philip also apparently left strict instructions about his desires for Cooper, then his only child.

The actor reportedly requested his son live in a place surrounded by culture and arts, preferably in New York City, and if not, Chicago or San Francisco.

“It is my strong desire... that my son Cooper Hoffman, be raised and reside in or near the borough of Manhattan,” he wrote.

“The purpose of this request is so that my son will be exposed to the culture, art and architecture that such cities offer,” the documents continue.

He also requested that if Cooper was unable to live in any of those cities he must visit twice a year.

A trust is also believed to have been set up for the boy, which he will inherit at age 30. The financial details of the actor’s estate have not been released.

Philip was mourned earlier this month during a funeral at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, attended by Mimi and the former couple’s three children.

Four hundred others were also present, including Cate Blanchett, Michelle Williams, Laura Linney, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams and Amy Adams.

Philip had been clean for 23 years when he checked into rehab in 2013 after a relapse. It's unknown when he started taking drugs again but he did attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting on January 26, according to one attendee.

Reports suggest the actor had separated from Mimi not long before his passing following a relapse.

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