News of Anne Heche’s tragic death following a horrific car accident shook the entertainment world. TMZ received footage of Heche crashing her car twice in a row. First, she crashed into an apartment building garage in Mar Vista, Los Angeles. She then reversed, sped off “like a madman” and crashed headfirst into a nearby house, causing an explosive fire.
Photos from the scene of the accident were horrific, showing the burned-out remains of Heche’s battered and crushed car and smoke billowing from the wreckage of the home. “If anyone lives in there, it’s going to be a miracle,” noted a FOX11 reporter at the scene (via Deadline). Heche was taken to a nearby hospital, but just days later her injuries were found to be fatal.
People reported that Heche was “in a coma” and on life support after suffering a “catastrophic brain injury.” She was a registered donor and medics had begun harvesting her organs. Heche was 53 years old and left two sons. “After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness,” Heche’s son, Homer Laffoon, said in a heartbreaking statement. “Hopefully my mom is pain free and starts exploring what I like to envision as her eternal freedom,” he added. The actor’s colleagues, family, friends and fans took to social media to express their sorrow and sadness at the loss. In a sweet tribute, Peter Thomas Roth seemingly confirmed his past romance with Heche.
Peter Thomas Roth shared memories of summer in the Hamptons with Anne Heche
After the tragic details of Anne Heche’s death emerged, tributes to the late actor have flooded social media. “What an amazing talent to pass away so young. So sad. My sincerest condolences [Anne’s] sons Homer and Atlas. Great memories of summer 2021. Great girl. Awesome mom,” Peter Thomas Roth commented on a montage of pictures and videos of him and Heche smiling and laughing at a rooftop bar.
Per Page Six, rumors swirled that Heche was dating the beauty magnate after the pair were spotted numerous times together in the Hamptons in August 2021. According to eyewitnesses, they are “[looked] like more than buddies” and have been spotted “loungy looking” at several events in Long Island’s elite East End. Neither Heche nor Roth have ever confirmed they were romantically involved. “Anne is single and enjoying meeting new friends!” a rep said.
Meanwhile, Heche’s confirmed ex-boyfriends also publicly expressed their sadness at her death. “Following Anne’s death, I just want to say a few things. First, I loved her and I miss her. And I always will,” her first husband, Coley Laffoon, said in an Instagram video. “This is a sad day. I send all my love to Anne’s children, family and friends,” said Heche’s ex-girlfriend, Ellen DeGeneres, of three years. tweeted. “I love you forever,” her second husband, James Tupper, posted on Instagram.