NEW YORK (PIX11) – Perhaps writer and friend Aaron Sorkin put it best Thursday describing a man who “completely dominated the real estate upon which every one of his characters walked.” Five days after he was found dead, a wake was held on the Upper East Side for Philip Seymour Hoffman.
His longtime companion, Mimi O’Donnell arrived with their three children. A respected New Yorker, a solemn praise for his excellence was the constant tone since his death.
Hours before the wake, three suspects arrested following his death were back in court. The main charge, drug possession with intent to distribute. The main focus is on 57-year-old jazz musician Robert Vineberg who sources tell PIX11 had Hoffman’s cell phone number programmed into his phone.
Police recovered a large portion of the 300 packets of heroin from the Tuesday night raid from his apartment. On Wednesday night the Manhattan District Attorney’s office made the unusual move going straight to indictments on the trio – all three were immediately remanded and taken into custody. But on Thursday, all three made bail agreements and were released, including Juliana Kuchkiw and her boyfriend Max Rosenblum. Their lawyers say their clients were in the wrong place at the wrong time and never sold drugs to Hoffman.
While law enforcement is focusing on who sold Hoffman the heroin, on social media Hoffman’s death has sparked a debate over responsibility and drug policy.
The Medical Examiner’s office is in the process of conducting toxicology and tissue tests which may take several more weeks for results to come. All three suspects in the heroin possession case will be back in court next Friday.
Hoffman’s private funeral is scheduled for Friday at St Ignatius of Loyola on Park Avenue, a memorial is being planned for later this month.