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Ellen DeGeneres, award-winning comedian; Robert De Niro and Ed Helms, actors remember Anne Heche She was a vibrant actress with a profound talent both on the big and small screens

Hollywood stars share their memories and tributes on social media after news of Anne Heche’s death.

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Many famous people in Hollywood, including Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Ed Helms, and James Tupper, paid tribute to Anne Heche on social media after hearing of her death.

Starring in films such as Donnie Brasco, Volcano, and Wag the Dog, as well as supporting roles in All Rise, Hung, and Men in Trees, Heche passed away on Friday at the age of 53. A spokesperson for her said that after several days in a coma at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills (California) Hospital and Medical Center, life support was removed on Sunday. She was declared legally dead in California on August 12 after a diagnosis of brain death. The actress, however, had her life support maintained in case she was a suitable organ donor.

On August 5, Heche drove her Mini Cooper off the road and into a two-story home in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the collision led to “structural compromise and bursting in massive fire.” The crash left the actress with severe burns and an anoxic brain injury, putting her in critical condition at a hospital.

A statement from Heche’s family and friends said, “Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most cheerful person, a loving mother and a faithful friend,” and was released to The Hollywood Reporter. The legacy of Anne will continue via her two handsome sons, her groundbreaking collection of work, and the causes she so fervently championed. Her boldness in speaking her mind and inspiring others with her message of love and acceptance will have an everlasting effect.

Heche’s 20-year-old son from her marriage to Coley Laffoon, Homer Laffoon, released a statement to THR in which he and his 13-year-old half-brother, Atlas Tupper (Heche’s son with Men in Trees actor James Tupper), admitted that they had “lost our mom.”

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He goes on to thank his father, Coley Laffoon, and stepmother, Alexi, as well as “thousands of friends, relatives, and admirers” who have “made their hearts known” and been his rock. After six days of what seems like unreal emotional ups and downs, I am left with a profound, inarticulate grief. “Maybe my mum is finally pain-free and starting to enjoy her eternal freedom,” he remarked.

In an Instagram video released on Friday, Coley expressed his appreciation to “all those individuals checking in” on him, Homer, and the rest of his family. He thanked them for “showing us your love, providing prayers and everything.”

They said, “She came in like a lioness, and she had a lot to say. She loved deeply and fiercely, and she always spoke her mind, he added in the video message, praising Hech’s courage and strength. Always, it was love. Love was the driving force.

“I adore you. Please accept my gratitude. To all the fun times we’ve had, thank you. The sheer number of them, he said. I’ll see you on the flip side. Until then, I went and got our son. Sure, he’ll be OK.

James Tupper also sent an emotional tribute to Instagram, captioning a photo of Heche with “Love you forever” and a broken heart emoji.

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Others in the entertainment industry have spoken out about Heche’s death besides her family, with Ellen DeGeneres, the talk show host, actress, and Heche’s ex-partner, among others who have made public statements. On Friday, she tweeted, “This is a terrible day.” My heart goes out to Anne’s kids and extended family and friends.

Robert De Niro, who co-starred with Anne Heche in the film Wag the Dog, expressed his sadness at her untimely death in a statement to THR. In ‘Wag the Dog,’ she was a fantastic performer, and I had a great time collaborating with her. Sad!Sad!Sad!”

Producer/director James Gunn sent his condolences and praised Heche’s performance in a 2002 theatrical play (her Broadway debut). Anne Heche’s performance in PROOF on Broadway was “maybe the best acting performance I’ve ever seen in my life,” he wrote.

Ed Helms, Heche’s co-star in Cedar Rapids and a star of The Office, tweeted his “tremendous love and support” to her family. The recent tragic news about Anne Heche is incredibly upsetting. A person with an amazing, vivacious personality and a tremendous talent.”

One of the other people who worked with the actress and Helms on the same production, Isaiah Whitlock, Jr., tweeted that he was “very devastated” by the news. “One of the finest actors I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Thank God for you. We will miss you terribly.

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Ted Geoghegan, a filmmaker, recalled the 1997 impact of Heche’s public friendship with Ellen DeGeneres. While “in amazement,” he thought, “This might really change things for people,” as he later tweeted. A heartfelt “thank you” to Anne for her courageous action.

Heche’s podcast Better Together, which she cohosted with Heather Duffy, was produced by Ryan Tillotson, cofounder and CEO of Straw Hut Media. Tillotson released a lengthy statement on Instagram in the wake of Heche’s death. She had a large heart, was devoted to her family, and was not afraid to stand out for what she believed in, he said.

Further homages can be found below.

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