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Anne Heche’s family and friends share their love and sadness at her death

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Anne Heche died Sunday night after being placed on life support, but the 53-year-old actress has been full of acknowledgments for days, beginning with the Aug. 5 car accident in Los Angeles that took her to the hospital. It continued throughout the weekend following Thursday’s news that Heche had been declared brain dead and her family issued a statement mourning her loss.

“We have lost a bright light, a kind and cheerful soul, a loving mother and a devoted friend,” her family wrote in a statement. “Anne will be missed dearly, but she lives on through her beautiful sons, iconic work and passionate advocacy. Her bravery in always standing in her truth and spreading her message of love and acceptance will continue to have a lasting impact.”

Obituary: Anne Heche, versatile actress, dies at the age of 53 after a car accident

“After six days of incredible emotional swings, I am left with deep, wordless sadness,” wrote Homer Laffoon, 20, one of Heche’s two sons, in a statement released on Friday. “Hopefully my mom is pain free and starts exploring what I like to envision as her eternal freedom.”

Heche’s career spanned 35 years and included roles in television, film and theatre. She first rose to fame after playing a set 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. She later starred 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 it was less common in Hollywood to be open about gay relationships. “Today’s kids don’t know what it was like, but I vividly remember when Anne Heche and Ellen Degeneres opened up about their relationship in 1997. Thank you for taking this bold step, Anne.” tweeted Filmmaker Ted Geoghegan.

DeGeneres, who said she was no longer in contact with Heche at the time of the crash. wrote on Twitter: “This is a sad day. I send all my love to Anne’s children, family and friends.”

On Twittermany hailed Heche as one of the first publicly bisexual stars in Hollywood. Still bisexual Posted: “For bisexuals coming of age in the 90s, she was one of the few visible role models we had. She meant the world to us.” And Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the cinema chain, called her a “pioneering, unabashedly queer performer” with an “eclectic” body of work.”

Many lamented the way both the media and Hollywood treated her throughout her life, particularly 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 horrible public treatment resulted in her being pigeonholed as the butt of a very cruel and stupid joke that bisexual people just can’t make up their minds,” wrote Ariel Fisher in Slashfilm. “Even now in death, publications deride 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 breaking up with Ellen and everyone called her a fake lesbian then wrote a book about her childhood abuse and everyone called her crazy. I’m sad she never got the apologies she deserved.”

Nancy Davis, a 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 “lovable.”

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

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

Screenwriter Jeffrey Reddick, best known for creating the Final Destination franchise, responded to online criticism of Heche after reports surfaced that police were investigating whether Heche was driving while drunk at the time of the accident. reddick wrote on Twitter: “This is so tragic. I see a lot of nasty comments. Just understand these people, people you know struggling with addiction are listening. You tell them they can never talk to you about their problems or ask for your help.” An early test revealed narcotics in Heche’s blood, and Los Angeles police told TMZ that cocaine was in their system at the time of the crash found. The LAPD dropped its investigation Friday after Heche was pronounced brain dead.

Lynne Mishele, the woman who suffered minor injuries after Heche fell into her home, posted a video on Instagram and said: “The news of Anne Heche’s death is devastating. Her family and friends and especially her children 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 too answered Regarding the reports: “I am very upset and sad that Anne Heche is unlikely to live. And yes, she would have been arrested for driving under the influence and endangering lives. She is still a great artist and struggled with addiction. [It’s] terribly sad for her children and for her friends.”

While Heche is best known for roles in film and television, she received a Tony 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 Auburns “proof”. Filmmaker James Gunn tweeted on Friday: “Honest to God, I think maybe the best acting I’ve ever seen in my life was Anne Heche in PROOF on Broadway. #REST IN PEACE”

Alec Baldwin, who worked with Heche on the 1996 film The Juror and upcoming Supercell, released a video tribute on Friday. “Anne was one of those people who … really could do almost anything. She was funny, she was dramatic. She was many 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 this woman — who was my friend and I really, really admire and treasured my relationship with her — she is gone, inevitable.”

“Anne seemed to know a lot about what it means to be human and the wild courage it takes to fully embrace it,” wrote Levi Meaden, Anne’s son in the Syfy thriller Aftermath. played, on Instagram. “She knew there was strength in vulnerability, and she wouldn’t let anyone take that away from her. I hope she’s 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 stars. After the crash, Lifetime announced the film would air later in September, noting the creators’ mission to stop violence against women and how “important” the film was for Heche.

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