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by Paula Bernstein
February 5, 2014 9:43 AM
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Ed Norton Crowdfunds in Philip Seymour Hoffman's Memory

Philip Seymour Hoffman in 'The Master'

Ed Norton has created a fundraising page in honor of his late friend and colleague Philip Seymour Hoffman to raise funds for the Labryinth Theater Company. 

Norton explained Hoffman's relationship with Labryinth on the crowdrise page:

We’ve set up this page to celebrate the life and artistry of our friend and colleague, Phil Hoffman, who we admired and loved.  He stands among the finest stage and screen artists of our generation and, for those lucky enough to have known or collaborated with Phil, his untimely passing is a terrible blow and irreplaceable loss.

Alongside his celebrated work as an actor, Phil helped build NY's Labyrinth Theater Company from its inception into one of the top theater groups in America. Some of the brightest and most original new talents of the last 20 years found their own success because of Phil’s steadfast effort and deep commitment to this non-profit theater.

All donations made here by admirers or friends will go to support the Labyrinth in celebration of Phil’s great talent, his enormous contributions and his spirit.

He will be deeply missed.

So far, the fundraiser has raised over $10,000. 

Hoffman and Norton worked together in Spike Lee's "25th Hour" in 2002. Hoffman was found dead in his West Village manhattan of an apparent heroin overdose on Sunday morning.


Hoffman was a current company member of the off-Broadway Labyrinth Theater Company, which released the following statement after his untimely death:

"We are heartbroken by the loss of our beloved friend, Company Member, and former Artistic Director, Philip Seymour Hoffman. His contributions to the LAByrinth family as an artist and mentor are immeasurable. We join everyone in mourning the passing of one of the great lights of our generation."

In Hoffman's honor, the theater company will be hosting a community prayer and candlelight vigil tonight, Wednesday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Bank Street Theater (155 Bank Street).

"Plans for a memorial ceremony to honor Phil and his legacy will be announced in the coming days," the theater company announced on its web site.

Separately, there will be a private funeral service for Hoffman in New York City on Friday.

A representative for Hoffman said, "In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Phil’s name to two charities that were very close to his heart: The Dreamyard Project and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The family wishes to thank everyone for their continued support and good wishes."

9 Comments

  • Armak | February 5, 2014 4:02 PMReply

    This explains why my donation showed up under the name Ed Norton. Thought maybe Phil was a big Honeymooners fan.

  • Meghan | February 5, 2014 11:47 AMReply

    When someone passes away, it's customary for mourners to do something to honor their memory, and often the families will ask for donations for certain causes. I didn't know about this until after my grandfather passed and I watched my grandmother open hundreds of envelopes full of cheques made out to the Legion Hall and their church. It's a nice way to remember someone, not a gimmick.

  • Sparky O'Shaughnessy | February 5, 2014 10:51 AMReply

    Nothing like exploiting the death of a fellow actor for a fundraising gimmick.
    Stay classy, Ed.

  • bbbbb | March 24, 2014 2:09 PM

    Eat poop.

  • Klo | March 21, 2014 10:59 AM

    Phuck you SPARKY O'SHAUGHNESSY.

  • uuuu | March 20, 2014 11:31 AM

    SPARKY O'SHAUGHNESSY likes to eat pig butt holes.

  • asdadfad | February 28, 2014 10:44 AM

    Eat a bag of whoppers SPARKY O'SHAUGHNESSY.

  • Lou | February 6, 2014 2:27 PM

    I just donated $20 in your honor, Sparky.

  • ppp | February 5, 2014 11:23 AM

    Screw you SPARKY O'SHAUGHNESSY.