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Mourners arrive for Hoffman's funeral in New York

New York (AP) - Mourners, including Cate Blanchett, Louis C.K., Ellen Burstyn and Spike Lee, have begun entering the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan for the private funeral for Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Some 400 people are expected at the Manhattan church to attend the ceremony. It's same church that hosted the funerals of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Lena Horne and Aaliyah.

The 46-year-old Hoffman was found dead Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose in his apartment. He leaves behind his partner of 15 years, Mimi O'Donnell, and their three children.

A larger memorial service is being planned for later this month.

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