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Anne Heche hoped to be remembered for giving her children 'a life that they love'


Anne Heche died on Friday at age 53 after she was declared brain dead following her fiery car crash a week earlier.

Shortly after her death, a brief 2017 interview that she did with Access Hollywood at the premiere of her film The Last Word recirculated, which featured her revealing how she hoped to be remembered after her death.

In the clip, the actress shared that she hoped to be remembered for giving a good life to her children, Homer Laffoon, 20, and Atlas Heche Tupper, 13.

Heartbreaking: After her death on Friday at 53, a 2017 Access Hollywood clip of Anne Heche resurfaced. The late actress was asked what she wanted to be remembered for at the premiere of her film The Last Word

Heartbreaking: After her death on Friday at 53, a 2017 Access Hollywood clip of Anne Heche resurfaced. The late actress was asked what she wanted to be remembered for at the premiere of her film The Last Word

‘Since the movie is called The Last Word, and given what it’s about, what do you hope people would say about you as far as last words go?’ the interviewer asked her.

The question seemed to take Heche aback, and she was gathered speechless as she formulated her thoughts.

‘Oh… Oh Lord, oh Lord…’ she murmured. ‘Hopefully that I made my children happy.’

As the interviewer tried to talk over her, Heche added that she hoped she ‘gave them a life that they love.’

She played a supporting role in The Last Word, which starred Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried in the lead roles. MacLaine played a woman planning for her imminent death, while Seyfried starred as a writer who helped her write her own obituary.

Looking out for them: 'Hopefully that I made my children happy,' she replied. As the interviewer tried to talk over her, Heche added that she hoped she 'gave them a life that they love'

Looking out for them: ‘Hopefully that I made my children happy,’ she replied. As the interviewer tried to talk over her, Heche added that she hoped she ‘gave them a life that they love’

Somber: She played a supporting role in The Last Word (pictured). Shirley MacLaine playys a woman planning for her imminent death, while Amanda Seyfried stars as a writer who helps her write her own obituary

Somber: She played a supporting role in The Last Word (pictured). Shirley MacLaine playys a woman planning for her imminent death, while Amanda Seyfried stars as a writer who helps her write her own obituary

Family: Heche shared her son Homer, 20, with her ex-husband Coleman 'Coley' Laffoon, whom she was married to from 2001–2009. She also shared Atlas, 13, with actor James Tupper; seen in 2012 with her former partner Tupper, Atlas (in her arms) and Homer (front center)

Family: Heche shared her son Homer, 20, with her ex-husband Coleman ‘Coley’ Laffoon, whom she was married to from 2001–2009. She also shared Atlas, 13, with actor James Tupper; seen in 2012 with her former partner Tupper, Atlas (in her arms) and Homer (front center)

After her death, Anne’s oldest son Homer shared a moving statement in her memory. 

‘My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness.

‘Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom. Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me,’ he continued.

‘I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you, Homer.’

Saying goodbye: 'Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom,' said her son Homer in a statement; pictured in November 2021

Saying goodbye: ‘Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom,’ said her son Homer in a statement; pictured in November 2021

Heche shared her oldest son Homer with her ex-husband Coleman ‘Coley’ Laffoon, whom she was married to from 2001 until their 2009 divorce.

She reportedly ended her three-year relationship with Ellen DeGeneres to be with the cameraman.

She shared her younger son Atlas with the Canadian actor James Tupper, whom she got close to when they starred together on her ABC series Men In Trees.

She reportedly left her husband for her costar, but the two actors broke up in 2018. 

More recently, Heche began dating her Hung costar Thomas Jane.

‘She was crazy in love with him,’ a friend told DailyMail.com exclusively. ‘After so many failed relationships she thought she finally found her person — the guy who would be in her life forever.

‘And when they couldn’t make it work, she started falling apart,’ they continued.

‘Anne has always had demons and in the end, when they couldn’t make it work, she started falling apart and she turned to the things that took her out of her funk before — bad things.’ 

Downward spiral: Anne began dating her former Hung costar Thomas Jane in 2019, but after their breakup, 'She started falling apart,' a friend exclusively told DailyMail.com; seen in 2019 in Hollywood

Downward spiral: Anne began dating her former Hung costar Thomas Jane in 2019, but after their breakup, ‘She started falling apart,’ a friend exclusively told DailyMail.com; seen in 2019 in Hollywood

Horrific: Heche was in a devastating August 5 car crash. She was trapped in her car after crashing into the side of a home, which was quickly engulfed in flames

Horrific: Heche was in a devastating August 5 car crash. She was trapped in her car after crashing into the side of a home, which was quickly engulfed in flames

Heche was in a devastating car accident on August 5 in Los Angeles’ Mar Vista neighborhood. After she first crashed her Mini Cooper into an apartment complex garage, she took off before crashing again, this time into the side of a home.

The crash caused a massive fire that engulfed the home and her car while she was trapped within.

Heche, who was hospitalized at the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles, suffered sever burns that would have required surgery.

A statement released Thursday on behalf of her family and friends revealed that she had suffered a ‘severe anoxic brain injury,’ which was caused by her brain being deprived of oxygen for an extended time.

Heche had been in a coma since the crash, and she was declared brain dead on Friday. However, though she was legally dead, her body was being kept on life support in hopes of identifying candidates to receive her organs, per her wishes.

The end: Heche was in a coma since the accident, and she was declared brain dead on Friday; seen in December 2021 in Hollywood

The end: Heche was in a coma since the accident, and she was declared brain dead on Friday; seen in December 2021 in Hollywood

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