People reported August 12, 2022, the Heche had died.
“Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend,” a representative told People in a statement on behalf of Heche’s family and friends.
“Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact,” the statement continued.
The 53-year-old actress was seriously injured in a crash on August 5, 2022. Heche slammed into a garage, backed up and then careened into another house, causing her car to explode, TMZ reports. The crash occurred at about 11 a.m. in Los Angeles, according to TMZ. She was intubated and in critical condition in the hours after the crash, the outlet reported at the time.
The family’s representative told People that she is legally dead according to California law, but her heart is still beating and she has not been taken off life support because she is an organ donor. OneLegacy Foundation is looking for recipients who will be a matched.
According to NBC Los Angeles, 59 firefighters responded to extinguish the blaze. Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper, which was sent 30 feet into the house she struck, causing structural damage, NBC Los Angeles reports. Photos of the aftermath showed the extent of the damage.
Here’s what you need to know about her children and other family members:
1. Heche & Ex-Husband Had a Son Together, Homer, Who Is 20
Heche and Coleman “Coley” Laffoon had a son together, Homer. Homer turned 20 on March 2.
“Freshly minted 20 year old Homer Laffoon holding his little brother in the morning light,” Coleman Laffoon wrote on Instagram. “There is a lot to find troubling with the wider world but there is also a lot to find beautiful and wonderful. Maybe this moment can be as good a reminder for you as it is for us. Happy Bday son. Love you!”
Laffoon also shared a photo on his own birthday with his children.
“Celebrating 48 and feeling good. Love my family and friends – thank you for sharing this life. Great picture @alexilaffoon and great hang @brentasana,” he wrote.
2. Coleman ‘Coley’ Laffoon Is a Real Estate Broker Who Was the Listing Agent for Jack Black’s Home
Heche’s ex-husband, Coleman “Coley” Laffoon, is a real estate broker who also previously worked as a cameraman for Ellen DeGeneres, according to his IMDB profile. Laffoon remarried in 2015. His wife, Alexandra “Alexi” Laffoon is his business partner in his real estate business, according to his Instagram profile.
Laffoon shared a link on his Instagram page for a 2020 Los Angeles Times article, which says he and his wife became the listing agents for Jack Black’s Hollywood Hills home. It was listed for $1.995 million, the article said.
Coleman Laffoon and his wife have two daughters together, Zoey Marine and Emmy Lou, according to IMDB. The couple also has a baby boy, he wrote on Instagram.
“The best of times,” he wrote, sharing a photo of their son.
Laffoon often shares photos of his wife and family. He shared a photo of Alexi Laffoon on Instagram and wrote her a sweet birthday message May 9, 2022.
“Join me in wishing beautiful Alexi happy bday. Here she is glorious and free, delighting in a day date with her husband,” he wrote. “A milestone birthday on the shore of the mighty Pacific. My heart is full and it looks like hers is too. Thank you for being our friend!”
3. Atlas Heche Tupper Is the 13-Year-Old Son of Heche & Ex James Tupper
Atlas Heche Tupper was born to Heche and her ex-boyfriend James Tupper in 2009. Tupper is a Canadian actor known for his role as Jack Slattery on “Men in Trees.” It was on the set of the ABC television series that Tupper and Heche met, according to Hollywood Life.
The outlet reported that at the time, Heche and Laffoon were still married.
“Eyebrows were raised when Anne filed for divorce from Coleman and soon began dating James,” Hollywood Life reported. “The couple moved in together in 2007 and confirmed that they were expecting a child in December 2008.”
The outlet reported that Atlas’ life has been kept private. Heche and Tupper never married, but dated for more than 10 years and broke up in 2018, Hollywood Life reported.
4. Anne Heche Said She Was Sexually Abused By Her Father, Don Heche
Heche said in a 2001 interview with ABC News that she was sexually abused by her father, Don Heche, beginning when she was a toddler and ending when she was 12. At the time of the interview, Don Heche had been dead for almost 20 years.
She told ABC News that the sexual abuse triggered mental health problems.
“I’m not crazy,” Heche told ABC. “But it’s a crazy life. I was raised in a crazy family and it took 31 years to get the crazy out of me.”
Donald Heche died from AIDS in 1983, and Anne Heche told ABC that he claimed to be a devout Christian but was leading a double life.
“I had a fantasy world that I escaped to. I called my other personality Celestia,” Heche told ABC. “I believed I was from that world. I believed I was from another planet. I think I was insane.”
5. Heche’s Brother, Nate Heche, Died in a Car Accident Months After Their Father
Nathan “Nate” Heche died in a car accident just months after their father died, according to the New York Post. Anne Heche believes that her brother’s death was a suicide, the outlet reported.
He died June 4, 1983, according to his obituary.
“Nathan was born April 21, 1965, and died June 4, 1983,” a memorial for Heche says. “Nathan is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Albion, Indiana, USA.”