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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Will

Keep My Son Away from Hollywood

2/19/2014 10:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Philip Seymour Hoffman
's dying wish was to keep his children far, far away from Hollywood -- this according to the actor's will.

TMZ obtained a copy of PSH's will -- drawn up in 2004 -- and according to the document, Hoffman requested that his son Cooper (back then his only child) be raised in Manhattan ... in order to be surrounded by the culture, arts, and architecture of the city.

If NYC turned out to be impossible, Hoffman asked for his son to be raised in Chicago or San Francisco. And if that didn't work out either, Hoffman wanted his son to visit these cities at least TWICE per year ... for cultural purposes.

The glaring omission on his list is obviously Los Angeles -- interesting because Hoffman was a big time Hollywood actor who spent lots of time in L.A.

Clearly, he didn't think it was a suitable city to raise a kid in.

As for the entirety of his estate, Hoffman left the whole shebang to his longtime partner and the mother of his 3 children, Mimi O'Donnell.

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166.

magdalene    

He knew what kind of damage can hollywood do to most people. I hope that his kids obey his wish.

191 days ago
167.

porkchop    

And there we have the pinnacle of good Fatherhood, folks! Don't let your babies be raised in Hollywood, but do serious drugs until you overdose. Which one is the least traumatizing for that kid?

191 days ago
168.

My Turn    

Los Angeles is totally devoid of culture and civility. I've been here over 50 years and can stand it no longer. L.A. is a melting pot in the worst sense of the phrase. New York, San Francisco; those are great cities (although Google and Facebook are ruining San Francisco; if the city government doesn't put its foot down and deny the building of cookie-cutter housing units for the Google/Facebook s***bags who are gobbling everything up because they're overpaid & given free luxury-bus transit down to Mountain View every day, San Fran will go into the toilet too).

191 days ago
169.

Cindie    

What a load of crap....
Your son couldn't be as stupid as you were.
Still chasing it?
What a moron

191 days ago
170.

Abbas Baker    

Hollyweird is a dangerous place for kids.

191 days ago
171.

MissEm    

I thought he was making sense until I reached the part about him choosing Chicago if NYC wasn't possible! Now that's just plain stupid!

191 days ago
172.

toddpugz7111    

wants to keep his kid out of hollyweird, but NY and San Fran are OK? Hate to break it to him, but they have quite a problem with junkies there as well.

191 days ago
173.

Lars3896    

I believe that Los Angeles has a lot of culture although one must be willing and ready to look for it...it is out there! What's more, how many of you can tell us its main products, energy resources and its main economic activity? What is its population and cultural activities? Los Angeles is more than Hollywood!

191 days ago
174.

grandma    

I can't believe some of the nasty hatefull things that are being said about this guy and whats in his will. Some of you people who think they are holier than thou, are acting like a teacher who grades a paper... but your basically bashing out against this guys imperfections which with all due respect make him more human than any of you losers on here.

191 days ago
175.

Lacey    

Yes culture is very important when your daddy is a heroin addict that dies from an overdose. His priorities were so screwed up.

191 days ago
176.

LARRY DAVID    

I SOLD HIM HEROIN ONCE A WHILE BACK...:(

191 days ago
177.

bb    

Is there some reason we are STILL seeing this guy in the news?

191 days ago
178.

Seriously?    

Stop it all- HEROIN IS EVERYWHERE... Everywhere... Big cities report it...but it is the fastest upcoming drug causing drug...in nThe smallest least know twins- it's everywhere...EVERWHERE! Look it up,,,

191 days ago
179.

Seriously?    

Read http://www.forbes.com/2009/01/20/narcotics-heroin-cocaine-biz-beltway-cz_nv_0121drugcities.html

191 days ago
180.

Seriously?    

But just 40 miles away in Baltimore, the problem, for years, has been heroin. Public-policy pros remain baffled that the heroin problem never receded in Baltimore like it did in most other big American cities. There were 184 heroin-related overdoses in Baltimore in 2006, reports Artigiani. “Baltimore is home to higher numbers of heroin addicts and [incidents of] heroin-related crime than almost any other city in the nation,” says the DEA. There are the extremely tragic situations, like the current drug problem in New Orleans, where crack is prevalent. Drug dealers were among the first to filter in to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, joining some who never left at all. The result: bloody turf wars that have produced the highest murder rate in the country.

191 days ago
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