What happened to Anne Heche‘s family in the year since her death?
One year on, we will take a look at everything that transpired since that fateful night of the Anne Heche accident.
On August 5, 2022, 53-year-old Anne Heche became involved in a car crash in Los Angeles.
Heche was driving her Mini Cooper when she crashed into a house in Los Angeles around 11 a.m.
According to public records, the wreckage caught fire and it took around 45 minutes to free Heche.
LAFD Deputy Chief Richard Fields told NBC, “Given the heavy fire and smoke conditions, it wasn’t that you could clearly see into the vehicle or clearly be able to access it.”
On August 11, Heche succumbed to her injuries. The coroner ruled her death as ‘accidental’, citing her cause of death as inhalation and thermal injuries, and blunt force trauma.
But it appears that even after a year, fate just won’t let the late actress rest. Her eldest son said it best when he said, “My brother Atlas and I lost our mom,” her eldest son, Homer Laffoon.”
“Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom.”
However, it would seem that this is not to be.
Things got complicated for Anne Heche and her family after her death.
While Heche was in the hospital in a coma, the authorities began investigating Heche for felony dui.
Following the actress’s death, accusations of being under the influence circulated.
However, toxicology findings released by the County coroner on Dec. 6. showed that she wasn’t.
But the worst of things came when multiple lawsuits filed by the woman renting the house Heche crashed into and Heche’s ex came up.
The renter filed a lawsuit for $2 million alleging negligence, trespass and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
Plaintiff Lynne Mishele lost “irreplaceable tokens and mementos from her deceased parents,” the suit stated. The suit also cited emotional and psychological scarring toward the plaintiff.
However, Heche’s ex, Thomas Jane sued for an unpaid loan he had given Heche in 2019. He stated that she had only paid two instalments of the agreed amount.
What’s more, to her credit, Mishele showed compassion to the actress and her family when she heard of Heche’s passing.
“The news of Anne Heche passing is devastating,” she said in a video posted Aug. 12.
“Her family and her friends and her children especially really have suffered a great loss, and my heart goes out for them. This entire situation is tragic, and there really are just no words.”
It takes a special person to be able to set aside such major issues for a moment to honour a life that was lost and offer condolences to Heche’s family.
Anne Heche children and where are they now?
Among the investigation and subsequent lawsuits, a struggle over the late actress’ estate came about.
Since Heche passed without a will it took a judge to settle the dispute between Heche’s children and her former partner. On Dec. 1, a Judge named Homer permanent special administrator of the estate.
In a statement by Homer’s lawyer, he said “We believe the court reached the correct result, both legally and equitably, and are glad to have this phase of the process behind us.”
“With Mr. Tupper’s allegations and objections now resolved; we are hopeful the administration of the Estate can proceed without unnecessary complication.”
On Jan. 5. Thanking well-wishers for their support, Homer wrote, “One day at a time is working for me as I’m sure the healing journey will be a long one. Your good thoughts and well wishes will continue to comfort me on my path.”
As for Atlas and Tupper? Tupper only had these words to say in June after Atlas graduated 8th grade.
“We’re taking care of each other and taking it one day at a time,” he said. Speaking of Heche, he said, “We still miss her, we miss her every day, love her.”
After the rough year Heche’s family experienced, let’s hope that the worst it at last behind them and continue to do alright.
Published by HOLR Magazine