Ellen DeGeneres, who had a groundbreaking relationship with Anne Heche in the late 90s, speaks out about the actress’s “serious” condition after a fiery car accident last week.
“This is a sad day”, the comedian, 64, tweeted on Friday. “I send Anne’s children, family and friends all my love.”
Heche’s other ex James Tupper, who shares a 13-year-old son Atlas with the “Six Days, Seven Nights” star, also shared a social media post that prompted many to send their condolences in the comments section.
He captioned close-up photo of Heche, “love you forever .”
However, a representative of the 53-year-old “Volcano” told Vidak For Congress on Friday afternoon that Heche “remains alive and all reports indicating otherwise are false”.
The representative told Vidak For Congress that Heche had been declared brain dead on Thursday evening.
However, the team of “Dancing With the Stars” alumnus also informed us on Thursday that she is “not expected to survive”.
The representative said Heche “had a severe anoxic brain injury” and “remains in a coma” at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center in California.
“It has long been her choice to donate her organs,” her spokesperson added, stating that the mother of a “life supporter is being held to determine if any are viable.”
On June 5, Heche was caught on surveillance video crashing her blue Mini Cooper into a Los Angeles home. The vehicle went up in flames and she was photographed being carried outside on a stretcher after suffering “severe burns”.
“She has a significant lung injury that requires mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgery,” her representative told Vidak For Congress three days after the accident.
The Los Angeles Police Department then launched a felony DUI investigation into Heche after a woman claimed she was injured and in need of medical attention after the actress raided her home.
Police reportedly discovered that the “Men in Trees” star was under the influence of cocaine and possibly fentanyl at the time of the accident. LAPD told Vidak For Congress Friday morning that an investigation into the accident is ongoing.
DeGeneres, who dated Heche from 1997 to 2000, issued a brief statement on the matter Monday for the first time.
“I don’t want anyone to get hurt,” the former “Ellen DeGeneres Show” host told photographers on Monday (per Daily Mail), adding that she’s no longer “in touch” with her ex and “wouldn’t know” [how she’s doing].”
Heche and DeGeneres’ romance faced a lot of controversy when they first went public – because they were one of the few lesbian couples in Hollywood.
At the time of their split in August 2022, the couple released a joint statement to People saying, “It’s a friendly goodbye and we really appreciate the 3 1/2 years we’ve spent together.”
Heche once said years after the split: “The consequences that happened have caused part of the change for me. I am part of it. It is a badge of honor.”