Mother: 2 NY celebrations of Hoffman life planned

Mother: 2 NY celebrations of Hoffman life planned
FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 file photo, cast member Philip Seymour Hoffman poses at the premiere of the film "A Most Wanted Man." (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP, File)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - The mother of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman says there will be public celebrations of her son's life in both New York City and Rochester this spring.
   
The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports Hoffman's mother Marilyn O'Connor also wanted to thank her friends and her son's fans for all of their kind words after his death.
   
A friend read the retired judge's statement Friday during a film series honoring Hoffman. The statement read by retired film critic Jack Garner said Hoffman was "a gift" to O'Connor for 46 years.
   
Hoffman was found dead Feb. 2 in his Manhattan apartment. The New York City medical examiner said Friday he was killed by a toxic mix of drugs including heroin and cocaine.
   
Hoffman grew up just outside Rochester.