Son of Anne Heche laments mother’s passing: “We have lost a shining light.”
“A gentle and most joyous spirit, a loving mother, and a faithful friend,” Anne Heche’s son said in a tribute to his mother on Friday.
Homer Laffoon, the 20-year-old son of Heche, wrote in a statement: “We lost our mother, my brother Atlas and I. I am left with profound, indescribable grief following six days of nearly unimaginable emotional ups and downs. I’m hoping my mom is no longer in pain and is starting to experience what I like to think of as her eternal freedom.”
Heche was in a fast-moving vehicle last Friday when it veered off the road and struck a house that caught fire, Los Angeles Police Public Information Officer Jeff Lee said to CNN at the time.
Heche is “brain dead” one week after the incident, but she is still being kept alive, according to a statement from her family and friends that was provided to CNN by their attorney. Because of her condition, Heche is regarded as legally dead under California law.
The official stated that because Heche’s life support has not been turned off, there is still time to decide whether or not she is a good candidate for organ donation.
The decision to give her organs had “long been” Heche’s, the family claimed in an earlier statement Thursday night.
According to a previous statement from the family, “we have lost a bright light, a lovely and most joyous person, a loving mother, and a faithful friend.” “Although Anne will be sorely missed, she continues to influence society through her endearing boys, the legendary body of work, and fierce activism. Her courage in always speaking the truth and sharing her message of acceptance and love will have an everlasting effect.”
According to the family representative, Heche’s severe anoxic brain injury, which deprives the brain of oxygen, was caused by the collision.
According to Lee, a woman who was inside the house at the time of the collision had minor injuries and went to the hospital.
Heche’s family and friends congratulated the Grossman Burn Center staff at West Hills Hospital in their statement on Thursday. They also paid respect to Heche’s “big heart” and “kind nature.”
More than her exceptional talent, she saw her life’s work as promoting kindness and joy, especially as a means of advancing acceptance of who you love, according to the statement.
Heche gained notoriety while portraying twins Vicky Hudson and Marley Love on the soap opera “Another World” from 1987 to 1991. For her work on the program, she won a Daytime Emmy.
Heche went on to star alongside Harrison Ford in a number of movies after that triumph, such as “Donnie Brasco,” “Wag the Dog,” and “Six Days Seven Nights.”
Heche has made appearances in more recent episodes of “The Brave,” “Quantico,” and “Chicago P.D.”
After the accident, the Hollywood industry showed the actress an outpouring of support. Her former partner and ex- “Her son from their Men in Trees co-star James Tupper posted on Instagram, saying: “Thoughts and prayers for this great woman, actor, and mother tonight Anne Heche. I adore you.”
She was “irreplaceable,” according to Ryan Tillotson, who also produced Heche’s podcast “Better Together,” and will be remembered for “her large heart, her commitment to the people she loved, and the brave way she battled for what she believed in,” among other qualities.
“Anne was more than just a cherished host; she was also a friend, a coworker, and a pretty excellent actress. With her boundless energy and vivacious presence, Anne brought life to every space into which she entered “said Tillotson.