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Hoffman family friend speaks

ROCHESTER, N.Y. While many mourn the loss of the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tom Privitere of Pittsford said hell miss Hoffman for the compassionate man he became.

"He wasn't full of himself at all, said Privitere. He was very down to earth and very aware when he was acting and when he was living."

Privitere knew Hoffman and the family for the past 40 years. Privitere became friends with Hoffmans mother Marilyn OConner in law school.

He says Hoffman's mother set a solid foundation for Hoffman and his three siblings.

"Their mother, who raised four kids as a single mother, was an incredible example to them about what hard work, perseverance and passion can do."

For Hoffman, that passion really shined on the stage. Privitere said Hoffman would even go as far as channeling the roles he played in everyday life.

For example, Privitere said Hoffman carried around a beaded purse with make-up inside to prepare for his character as a drag queen in the movie Flawless.

Phil, actually to get into character, apparently walked around for months carrying a purse with make-up and lipstick to get into the character, he said.

While Hoffman's close friends and family will always remember him for his stellar acts on the stage, they'll also never forget how much he also inspired others to lead a compassionate and humble life.

"Part of that gift came from the inspiration of his mom and his siblings. They were a very close family and remain close to this day.

Privitere said Hoffmans family plans on holding a memorial in the Rochester Area. The details of that are still being worked out.

He also says the family is very thankful for the outpouring of love and support from the community and are appreciative of the privacy being given to them during this sad time.

 
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