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PSH’s playwright tribute

Philip Seymour Hoffman was the subject of a touching tribute by playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis this week.

The beloved actor passed away in February following a drug overdose.

Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis took a moment to remember his late colleague at the event at New York's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center this week.

He recalled how the pair once exchanged cards before one opening night, admitting it was difficult for him to speak of his late friend, reports PageSix.

“I see this card, and it just says, ‘Steve. I love you, I hope to grow old with you, I want to be there when you die. Phil,’” the writer said.

“So I read this thing and I was blown away…” Stephen added, remembering a more light-hearted moment: “Then I was like, I hope to be there when you die? This [bleep] assumes that he’s gonna [bleeping] outlive me!”

Philip died on February 2 at only 46 years old.

His untimely death caused shock and grief in the industry, with many speaking out about the sadness and pain his passing caused.

George Clooney was among those who paid tribute earlier this year.

"It's senseless and it's sad, but he will be greatly missed. Phil will be greatly missed. It's hard to be here tonight with that… weighing over us, but I wanted to say that," he previously told UK newspaper The Mirror.

Elizabeth Banks, who starred with Philip in the Hunger Games films, was reeling with “shock” when she spoke to the Today show in the US shortly after - still referring to him in present tense.

“He is an absolutely amazing actor, respected by everyone and part of our family at The Hunger Games. We will miss him terribly..." she said.

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