Philip Seymour Hoffman left his entire $35 million estate to long-term partner, Mimi O’Donnell, according to entertainment site TMZ. The site claims that it gained a copy of the late actor’s will.
The will was written in 2004, and it wasn’t just the estate details that were included. The legendary actor wanted his children to stay far away from Hollywood. He indicated that he wanted his son to grow up in either San Francisco, New York or Chicago to avoid the movie scene. At the time of writing the will, Cooper Hoffman was the only child of the Oscar-winning actor, but many believe that the request stretches to all his children.
In the will, the actor gives his reasons for the request of the three cities. He wanted his eldest child to be exposed to the arts and architecture that the three places offers. Should his son not find a reason to live in any of the three cities, the actor wanted him to visit the places, at least two times a year. There is no reason given why he didn’t want Cooper to live in Los Angeles, though.
After O’Donnell gave birth to his other two children, the Hunger Games actor never updated his will. Hoffman continued to leave his $35 million estate to O’Donnell. He probably never expected it to happen so soon though.
The 46-year-old was found dead in his apartment from a suspected drug overdose. Even at the time of writing the will, the star struggled with drug addiction. He tried rehab and remained clean for 23 years, before eventually relapsing. He tried a substance abuse program again in 2013, but it is clear that he was never fully successful. He was found in his bathroom with a needle in his arm.
There was heroin and prescription drugs found in his apartment, but the official cause of death has not yet been released. The stage and screen actor was found by David Katz, who was working with Hoffman on a project. When he couldn’t get hold of him by phone, he drove to the apartment and grew concerned when there still wasn’t an answer. The drugs have been tested for other substances, including fentanyl, which has been linked to the deaths from heroin overdose of 22 people in Pennsylvania.
There will be two movies released over the next couple of years that include Hoffman. Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2 are both in post-production. He played the part of Pultarch Heavensbee, the Head Gamemaker introduced in Catching Fire. However, he will always be remembered for his Oscar-winning performance in Capote in 2005, as well as his roles in Charlie Wilson’s War and The Master.
It is clear the actor trusted his long-term girlfriend. O’Donnell was made the executor of the estate, as well as the trustee for Cooper’s trust fund. Since the will was written before the birth of their daughters, it can only be presumed that there are trust funds set up for them and she will be the trustee for those two. Hoffman chose O’Donnell to leave his $35 million estate to, and the family has asked that the will is handled quickly.
By Alexandria Ingham