Ellen DeGeneres expressed condolences for Anne Heche, as the Emmy Award-winning actress passed away last week after she was taken off life support.
“This is a sad day,” Ellen tweeted. “I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”
Ellen and Heche dated in the 1990’s.
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Earlier this month, Heche was involved in an auto accident that resulted in a fire where she was severely burned. She was taken to a hospital where she fell into a coma. On Friday, she was declared legally dead.
Other celebrities have expressed their condolences for Heche.
Kids today don't know what it was like, but I vividly recall when Anne Heche and Ellen Degeneres came out about their relationship back in 1997. I was in awe, and remember thinking, "This could really change things for people." Thank you for so bravely taking that step, Anne. RIP pic.twitter.com/gmTxCPLlOx
— Ted Geoghegan (@tedgeoghegan) August 12, 2022
Rest In Peace Anne Heche 🖤 pic.twitter.com/Vlup41T8Ft
— Antonio Banderas (@antoniobanderas) August 13, 2022
Sad about Anne Heche. She was the first out femme in Hollywood when she was with Ellen, and mocked for years when she had a public nervous breakdown. Queer celebrities have only been visibly out for like 42 minutes all things considered, I remember how much of a big deal it was.
— Zoe Whittall (@zoewhittall) August 12, 2022
Just very sad. #AnneHeche struggled with many issues over her career but she was an astonishingly talented actress. I first saw her back in the day on the soap Another World when every time she appeared on screen it took things to another level. RIP. https://t.co/nWIw46dobP
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@SIfill_) August 12, 2022
Statement from Anne Heche's son Homer:
"My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After 6 days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom."
— Nancy Dillon (@Nancy__Dillon) August 12, 2022