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.
“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.”