Philip Seymour Hoffman didn’t leave his estimated $35 million fortune to his children because he didn’t want them to be “trust fund kids,” newly revealed court documents state.
Hoffman left his multi-million dollar earnings to his children’s mother, and longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, who would “take care of the children,” he said before his death.
The 46-year-old actor passed away in February from a heroine overdose-. Hoffman’s account David Friedman recalled a conversation with the native New Yorker “a year before his demise” where he “rejected” the trust fund topic for his three children, Cooper, 10, Tallulah, 7, and 5-year-old Willa.
James Cahill Jr., the attorney appointed to protect the children’s interest, interviewed Friedman. In addition to money, Hoffman wanted her to receive the same rights as a wife, although they were not legally married because he “simply did not believe in marriage.”
O’Donell, a costume designer, met Hoffman in 1999. Prior to his death, O’Donnell kicked him out of the family’s $4.2 million apartment over his drug addiction.
Besides money, Hoffman had specific guidelines on where his son, Cooper — the only one of his children born at the time that the original will was drafted — should be raised. “It is my strong desire [that] my son, Cooper Hoffman, be raised and reside in or near the borough of Manhattan [or] Chicago, Illinois, or San Francisco, California,” said Hoffman. “The purpose of this request is so that my son will be exposed to the culture, arts and architecture that such cities offer.”