Anne Heche’s family and friends share their love and grief over her death

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Anne Heche died on Sunday evening after being taken off life support, but a wave of appreciation for the 53-year-old actress had already been building for days, starting with the August 5 car crash in Los Angeles which left her hospitalized. This continued all weekend after news broke on Thursday that Heche had been declared brain dead and her family released a statement mourning their loss.

“We have lost a bright light, a caring and most joyous soul, a loving mother and a faithful friend,” her family wrote in a statement. “Anne will be sorely missed, but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic work and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery to always stand in her truth, spread her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have an impact sustainable.

Obituary: Anne Heche, multifaceted actress, dies at 53 after a car accident

“After six days of incredible emotional swings, I am left with deep, wordless sadness,” Homer Laffoon, 20, one of Heche’s two sons, wrote in a statement released Friday. “I hope my mother is free from pain and begins to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom.”

Heche’s career spanned 35 years and included roles in television, film and theater. She first rose to fame after playing a pair of twins, one good and one bad, on the soap opera ‘Another World’ as a teenager in the 1980s – a performance for which she won a Daytime Emmy. Later, she acted in films such as “Donnie Brasco”, “Six Days, Seven Nights” and “Volcano”.

Heche was also known for her 3½-year relationship with Ellen DeGeneres in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when being open about same-sex relationships was less common in Hollywood. “Kids today don’t know what it was like, but I vividly remember when Anne Heche and Ellen Degeneres came out with their relationship in 1997. I was in awe and remember thinking, ‘This could really change things for people. Thank you for taking this step so bravely, Anne,” tweeted filmmaker Ted Geoghegan.

DeGeneres, who said she was no longer in contact with Heche at the time of the accident, wrote on Twitter, “It’s a sad day. Sending Anne’s children, family and friends all my love.

On Twittermany hailed Heche as one of the first publicly bisexual stars at Hollywood. Always bisexual job“For bisexuals who came of age in the 90s, she was one of the only visible role models we had. She meant the world to us. And Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the movie theater chain, called her a “pioneering and shamelessly queer performer” with an “eclectic” body of work”.

Many lamented the way the media and Hollywood as a whole treated her during her lifetime, especially during and after her relationship with DeGeneres. Her personal life, particularly her bisexuality, became tabloid fodder and arguably began to overshadow her acting career. “Her horrendous treatment in the public eye has led her to be cast as the butt of a very cruel and stupid joke that bisexual people just can’t make up their minds,” Ariel Fisher wrote in Slashfilm. “Even now in death, publications ridicule her dating history as if it were a mystery to be solved.”

Comedian Lane Moore tweeted“She was amazing and deserved so much more. She got so much biphobia after she broke up with Ellen and everyone called her a fake lesbian and then wrote a book about her childhood abuse and everyone told her. called her crazy. I’m sad she never got the apology she deserved.

Nancy Davis, philanthropist and friend of the actress, shared photos of her and Heche on Instagram. “Heaven has a new angel,” Davis wrote, calling Heche “kind” and “endearing.”

“I will miss her terribly and cherish all the beautiful memories we shared. Anne was always the kindest, most caring person who always brought out the best in me,” she wrote.

On Instagram, Heche’s ex-husband Coleman Laffoon posted a photo of Heche holding their baby son Homer. “It’s important to remember true love in the best times. Thank you Anne. Peace on your journey,” Laffoon wrote. James Tupper, with whom Heche had a 10-year relationship and had a son, Atlas, also posted a photo of Heche Friday with the caption “i love you forever”.

Screenwriter Jeffrey Reddick, known for creating the Final Destination franchise, responded to online criticism of Heche after reports surfaced that police were investigating whether Heche was driving under the influence at the time of the accident. Reddick wrote on Twitter: “This is so tragic. I see a lot of nasty comments. To these people, just understand that people you know struggling with addiction are listening. You tell them they can never tell you about their struggles or turn to you for help.An initial test showed narcotics in Heche’s blood, and Los Angeles police told TMZ that cocaine was in his system at the time of the crash. The LAPD ended its investigation on Friday, after Heche was declared brain dead.

Lynne Mishele, the woman who suffered minor injuries after Heche crashed into her home, posted a video on Instagram, saying: “The news of Anne Heche’s death is devastating. His family and friends and his children, in particular, have truly suffered a great loss, and my heart goes out to them.

“This whole situation is just tragic and there really are no words. Sending love to everyone involved,” Mishele added.

Actress Rosanna Arquette also replied to reports: “I am very upset and sad that Anne Heche is not supposed to live. And yes she would have been arrested for driving under the influence and endangering life. She is still a great artist and has struggled with addiction. [It’s] terribly sad for his children and for his friends.

While Heche was best known for her film and television roles, she earned a Tony Award nomination for her Broadway performance as Lily Garland in the 2004 Broadway revival of “Twentieth Century.” The actress also played the lead role of Catherine in David Auburn’s “Proof.” Filmmaker James Gunn tweeted on Friday: “Honestly, I think maybe the best acting performance I’ve ever seen in my life was Anne Heche in PROOF on Broadway. #TO TEAR APART”

Alec Baldwin, who worked with Heche on the 1996 film “The Juror” and the upcoming “Supercell,” released a video tribute on Friday. “Anne was one of those people who…could really do almost anything. She was funny, she was dramatic. She was a lot of things in film and on stage,” he said. Acknowledging that drugs may have played a role in her death, he added: “All I know is that this woman – who was my friend and I really, really admire and really cherished my relationship with her – she left, in an avoidable way.”

“Anne seemed to know a lot about what it is to be human, and the fierce courage it takes to fully embrace it,” wrote Levi Meaden, who played Anne’s son in the Syfy thriller. “Aftermath,” wrote on Instagram. “She knew there was strength in vulnerability and she wouldn’t let anyone take it away from her. I hope she is at peace.

At the time of her death, Heche had recently completed “Girl in Room 13”, a lifetime film about sex trafficking in which she played the lead role. After the crash, Lifetime announced the film would still premiere in September, noting the creators’ mission to end violence against women and how “meaningful” the film had been to Heche.

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