Ellen DeGeneres has sent “all of my love” to the family and friends of Anne Heche, following the actress’ serious car accident last week.
Anne, who dated the Hollywood chat show host from 1997 to 2000, is reportedly still on life support to see if she’s a potential match for organ donation. But, sadly, she’s been classified as “legally dead according to California law,” her representative has shared.
Ellen, who enjoyed a three-year romance with actress Anne, said it was a “sad day” following the news.
53-year-old Anne was rushed to hospital following the crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles and suffered a “severe anoxic brain injury”.
Posting to her social media, DeGeneres, 64, wrote: “This is a sad day. “I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”
More celebrities including Heche’s other former partner James Tupper and Dancing With The Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba paid tribute to Heche as news broke.
James Tupper, who shares a son with the actress, posted a picture of her to Instagram with the caption “love you forever.”
Carrie Ann Inaba tweeted: “May your soul be at peace. We will miss your beautiful, unique and free spirited energy. I will always remember your performance on @officialdwts in that costume, dancing with all your heart. Thank you for being you.”
Earlier, a representative of the actress told the PA news agency: “While Anne is legally dead according to California law, her heart is still beating, and she has not been taken off life support so that One Legacy (a national organ recovery organisation) can see if she is a match for organ donation.”
Following the tragic update, a statement on behalf of Heche’s family and friends said: “Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.
“Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”
Her family had previously said it had “long been her choice to donate her organs.”
According to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), early blood tests showed that Anne had drugs in her system, but more testing was needed to rule out anything given in the hospital.
On Friday, a statement shared on behalf of Anne’s family revealed that she was “not expected to survive.”
It read: “We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Centre at West Hills hospital.
“Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive.”
Anne is best known for films like Donnie Brasco, Six Days, Seven Nights, Cedar Rapids and the 1998 Psycho remake.
Pictures and video footage shared after the crash showed Anne driving a blue Mini Cooper, which was later pictured severely damaged at the scene.
Anne's car hit a house and “erupted in heavy fire”, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), who said it took over an hour to tackle the flames.
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