In the week since Anne Heche’s death, friends, family and fans have flocked to pay their respects to the actor. Heche died on August 12 after a week-long coma in a car accident that drew national attention. In a public statement from People, her eldest son, Homer Laffoon, said, “After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness.” Heche’s second husband, actor James Tupper, posted a photo of her with the caption, “Me love you forever,” while late ’90s ex Ellen Degeneres was tweeted“This is a sad day. I send all my love to Anne’s children, family and friends.”
According to the Los Angeles County Coroner, Heche’s official cause of death was smoke inhalation and thermal injuries from the crash, with “blunt trauma” also observed, per people. Though her death was officially ruled an accident, some people are still eager to point the finger at her and find blame for the tragic situation that could have been avoided. After facing the heat, one of the last people Heche interacted with is ready to speak up.
A famous stylist feels guilty about the incident
In an exclusive interview with TMZ, celebrity stylist Richard Glass opened up about meeting Anne Heche on August 5, the same day as the actor’s fatal accident. Just hours earlier, Heche walked into his Glass Hair salon in Venice, California. Two weeks after their encounter, Glass is still beating up and tearfully recounting the moment: “I feel a great deal of regret… I feel like I didn’t do everything I should to do to keep her here, to protect her . This woman needed help and I wasn’t there enough.”
At the couple’s first and only meeting, Glass initially just smiled. He posted a photo with Heche on Instagram with the caption, “So I met @anneheche today and she so accidentally bought a #red wig…I love,” unaware of the tragedy that was about to happen. According to Glass, some have accused him of not doing more, even blaming him for having something to do with her impaired condition: “They say she could have gotten the cocaine or fentanyl from me because I was the last person.” who has seen it. I’ve never done any type of drug, I don’t, I’m not that type of person.
As for why he stopped acting, Glass said in a previous interview with Entertainment Tonight: “[Heche] didn’t use italics, I say that when people are affected… But she wasn’t, she was very, very warm. Very personable and very polite.”
Richard Glass insists Anne Heche appeared unaffected
Celebrity stylist Richard Glass had no idea the backlash he was in for when he posted the photo of himself and Anne Heche on August 5. He told the Los Angeles Times that he didn’t even know it was Heche when she first walked in. He said he initially mistook her for actress Lori Petty, one of his clients. Glass didn’t realize who Heche was until she paid for the wig.
He continued by saying that the actor appeared to be “a sweet little girl” and that she hugged his face and asked if he had cut her hair before. Glass told her he didn’t, but would like to work with her at some point in the future. He admitted the encounter was “strange” and a bit “bizarre” but insisted Heche didn’t appear to be in an “altered” state from having been drinking or using drugs.
Richard Glass is fighting speculation that he interfered with Anne Heche
Richard Glass was forced to go on the offensive after speculating that he was somehow responsible for Anne Heche being impaired before her fatal crash. Glass tweeted links to his interview with the Los Angeles Times and with the New York Post to his 1,000 followers, with users using the comments section to empower the stylist.
Glass told the Post he never could have imagined the horrific events that would later follow their encounter, as Heche definitely didn’t appear to be under the influence of anything. He said the actor was charming and delightful. “She was polite, warm and engaging, and she was consistent,” Glass shared.
The stylist’s friends, clients and strangers rallied to defend him on social media. “I’m sick of anyone having the audacity to hold you responsible for anything related to her accident and death. You did NOT cause this!” one tweeted, and begged him to ignore all haters and trolls. Another blessed jar to give Heche a “moment” of fun and “happiness” before she met her tragic death.