Ellen DeGeneres has sent “all my love” to Anne Heche’s family and friends, following the actress’ fatal car crash last week.
eche is still on life support to see if she is a potential organ donor but has been classified as “legally deceased under California law,” her representative said.
US talk show host DeGeneres, who dated the actress from 1997 to 2000, said it was a “sad day” following the news.
The 53-year-old was taken to hospital following an accident in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles and suffered “severe traumatic brain injury due to lack of poison”.
Posting on his social media, DeGeneres, 64, wrote: “This is a sad day.
“I send Anne’s children, family and friends all my love.”
Other celebrities including Heche’s other former partner James Tupper and Dancing With The Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba paid tribute to Heche following the developments.
Tupper, who shares a son with the actress, posted a picture of her on Instagram with the caption “love you forever”.
Inaba tweeted: “May your soul rest in peace. We will miss your beautiful, unique energy and free spirit.
“I will always remember your performance on @officialdwts in that outfit, dancing with all your heart.
Video of the day
“Thanks for being you.”
Earlier, the actress’s representative told PA news agency: “Although Anne died legally under California law, her heart was still beating, and she was not on life support to support her death. One Legacy (a national organ recovery organization) can see if she is suitable for organ donation.”
Following an update on her medical condition, a statement on behalf of Heche’s family and friends said: “Today we have lost a bright light, a kindest and most joyful soul. , a loving mother and a loyal friend.
“Her courage to stand up for her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”
Her family had previously said that “her organ donation was chosen long ago”.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) previously confirmed to PA that the crash being investigated was a traffic collision in the case of felony driving under the influence (DUI).
An LAPD spokesman said preliminary blood tests showed the presence of drugs in Heche’s system, but added that further testing was needed to rule out any substances used in the hospital. .
On Friday, a statement shared with PA on behalf of her family said the actress was “not expected to survive” following the incident.
“We would like to thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses who cared for Anne at the Center. Grossman burns at West Hills Hospital,” the statement read.
“Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe traumatic brain injury and remains comatose, in critical condition. It was not expected to survive,” it added.
Heche is known for films such as Donnie Brasco, Six Days, Seven Nights, Cedar Rapids and the 1998 remake of Psycho.
Photos and video obtained by US media outlet TMZ after the incident show Ms Heche driving a blue Mini Cooper, which was later badly damaged at the scene.
According to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), the vehicle crashed into a two-story house and “went on fire.”
It took fifty-nine firefighters 65 minutes to reach, contain and completely extinguish the flames inside the heavily damaged structure, according to a LAFD report.
A spokesperson for the actress previously confirmed to PA that Heche had “serious lung injury requiring mechanical ventilation” and “burns requiring surgical intervention”.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/ellen-degeneres-sends-all-of-my-love-to-family-of-former-partner-anne-heche-41909289.html Ellen DeGeneres sends ‘all my love’ to family of ex-partner Anne Heche