Philip Seymour Hoffman's Will Shows How Much He Loved His Family & New York
Two weeks after Philip Seymour Hoffman tragically passed away from a heroin overdose, details of the actor's will have been revealed. As initially reported by TMZ, Hoffman, in a will drafted in 2004, dictated that the entirety of his multi-million dollar estate be left to his longtime partner, Mimi O'Donnell. He also left specific requests about where his son, Cooper (then his only child) should be raised, stating his preference for Connor to grow up in or near Manhattan.
“It is my strong desire ... that my son Cooper Hoffman, be raised and reside in or near the borough of Manhattan,” Hoffman wrote, adding that if that wasn't possible, then Cooper should live in Chicago or San Francisco.
Hoffman clearly felt passionately about this, even stating that if O'Donnell was unable to reside in any of those places, Cooper should visit them "at least twice a year" to get exposed to "the culture, art and architecture that such cities offer."
In the will, Hoffman also set up a trust for his son, which the 11-year-old will inherit when he turns 30. The document was written before the births of the actor's two other children with O'Donnell, 7 and 5-year-old girls.
The contents of the will are just one more example of Hoffman's commitment to his family, and how he put his beloved role as father to three children before all else. It's interesting to note that of all the cities the actor mentioned as possible homes for his son, Hollywood was not one of them; perhaps Hoffman, despite his frequent time there, didn't feel that the LA. environment was a suitable place for his children to grow up.
Whatever the reason, it's clear that Hoffman had his family's best interests in mind. Hopefully, during a time in which most details of the actor's death skew toward the negative, the will will bring some peace to O'Donnell and the couple's children.