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Anne Heche’s youngest son shares heartbreaking tribute to his mother

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Nearly six months after actress Anne Heche’s tragic death, her 14-year-old son Atlas – whom she shared with Hallmark actor James Tupper – has made his first public statement about his mother, calling her the “smartest” person he’s ever known has known. The Emmy-winning actress – whose credits have included many feature films, TV series like ‘Chicago PD’ and ‘Everwood’, and several Hallmark Channel films – had completed a memoir before her death in August 2022. Also released to commemorate the release of Heche’s last book, Call Me Anne, yesterday was a collection of tributes from those who were close to Heche, including a reflection on her youngest son.

Heche died at the age of 53, days after her car slammed into a Los Angeles home and caught fire. People reported that she was trapped in the car for more than an hour and was taken to a burns intensive care unit at West Hills Hospital. In documents obtained from Heavy, the Los Angeles County Coroner ruled that Heche’s death was officially an accident and ruled that drugs and alcohol were factors in the crash.

Heche is survived by two sons — 20-year-old Homer Heche Laffoon, whom she shared with ex-husband Coleman Laffoon, and 13-year-old Atlas Heche Tupper, whom she shared with ex-partner James Tupper, who has appeared in several Hallmark Movies including 2021’s ‘My Family Christmas Tree’ and 2022’s ‘Mid-Love Crisis’ starring Teri Hatcher.

On January 24, 2023 — the same day Heche’s memoir was released — the Los Angeles Inquisitor released a collection of tributes from her friends and family, including the first testimony of her son Atlas.

“My mother was the smartest person I’ve ever known,” Atlas wrote. “She always knew how to solve a problem or help a friend. She always knew what to do. I can’t put into words how grateful I am or how much I miss her.”

James also paid tribute, writing: “Anne and I have been together for over a decade, we have a beautiful son together and in that time she has been the definition of light in our lives and has always brought fun, love and energy. She will always be remembered in our hearts and minds.”

Homer didn’t take credit for the publication, but did issue a statement via Heche’s former Instagram account in early January. A judge appointed Homer general administrator of Heche’s estate in November 2022, granting him permanent control of her financial assets after a legal battle with James.

In the January 5 statement, which he posted to Heche’s account, Homer wrote: “The amount of love, care and support shown by those on social media and IRL has been overwhelming and blessedly received – thank you. Day at a time works for me as I am sure the healing journey will be long. Your good thoughts and good wishes will continue to comfort me on my way.”

Heche’s new memoir Call Me Anne was billed as a sequel to her 2001 book Call Me Crazy. According to USA Today, it was completed shortly before her death and dedicated to her sons and her “Better Together” podcast co-host Heather Duffy.

The paper said it’s both a collection of personal stories — including glimpses into her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres, alleged abuse at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, and memories of co-stars like Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford — and a self-help workbook with lessons heche she wanted to pass on to others what she had learned in her life.

In the foreword, Heche wrote, “Every stage of life has had lessons for me, and I hope that what I’ve learned can help make the path easier for other people.”

According to publishers Simon & Schuster, “Anne’s personal stories are interwoven with poetry, inspiration and exercises that got Anne through hard times. Readers are encouraged to try them as they walk their own path to self-love, acceptance, forgiveness, and faith.

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