Get to know the woman behind the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was taken far too soon. The Oscar-winning Capote star, 46, was found dead yesterday (Feb. 2) in his West Village apartment. Hoffman is survived by his longtime girlfriend, Mimi O'Donnell, and their three children. Get to know the love of Hoffman's life.
Mimi O'Donnell and Philip Seymour Hoffman may have been separated at the time of his death.
Hoffman began renting his two-bedroom West Village apartment in October. The pad is a few blocks from O'Donnell and his children's $4 million home on Jane Street in Manhattan.
O'Donnell played a key role in the discovery of Hoffman's body.
O'Donnell called playwright David Katz to check in on Hoffman when he didn't come to pick up their three children. Katz and a friend later discovered Hoffman's lifeless body in his apartment.
She helped bring your favorite characters to life on Saturday Night Live.
O'Donnell worked in the costume department of SNL for years.
O'Donnell never worked on any of Hoffman's movies.
But they did meet on the set of a play that Hoffman directed, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings. He also thanked her in the credits of Capote, the film that earned him his Academy Award for Best Actor.
O'Donnell is taking the loss of Hoffman hard — and an Internet hoax only made it worse.
She and Hoffman's family released a statement shortly after his death. "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving." Sources also said that O'Donnell screamed at the news and wasn't allowed to see the body. "Mimi is inconsolable," an insider said. "[Hoffman] had his problems, but she thought he was on the road to recovery following his recent rehab stint. Mimi already had a tough few days, after the recent hoax that claimed Philip had died."
Our thoughts and prayers are with O'Donnell and her family during this tragic time.
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