Anne Heche’s son Atlas, 14, issues statement six months after her death: ‘Smartest person I’ve ever known’

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Anne Heche with her sons Atlas Heche Tupper (left) and Homer Heche Laffoon (right) in May 2022. (Photo: Anne Heche via Instagram)

Anne Heche’s teenage son is speaking out for the first time since her death in honor of the publication of her posthumous memoir Tuesday. Call me Anne. Atlas Heche Tupper, who shared the actress with ex James Tupper, has issued a statement The Inquisitor of Los Angeles six months after the Six days, seven nights star’s deadly car crash.

“My mom was the smartest person I’ve ever known. She always knew how to solve a problem or help a friend. She always knew what to do. I can’t put into words how grateful I am or how much I miss her,” said 14-year-old Atlas.

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James Tupper honored his ex-partner with his own statement: “Anne and I were together for more than ten years, we have a beautiful son together and during that time she was the definition of light in our lives, she always brought joy, love and energy. She will always be remembered in our hearts and minds.”

Call me Annea sequel to Heche’s candid 2001 book, Call me crazy, was officially released on Tuesday. In it, she talks about her much-discussed relationship with Ellen DeGeneres, the abuse she suffered as a child, and much more.

“I was born into a family culture of abuse,” Heche writes in the opening sentence. “It’s taken years to come to terms with that, and frankly it’s a life’s work that will go on forever. This book is designed to give you a glimpse into that life. It’s a guide to some of the lessons I learned about time and includes suggestions on how to put those lessons into practice in your own life.”

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Heche was put on life support after crashing her car into a Los Angeles home on Aug. 5. A week later, the actress was declared legally brain dead. She died primarily from smoke inhalation and thermal injuries, according to the medical examiner. Heche was not drunk or high when the accident happened, despite initial reports.

The hung up star shared another child, 20-year-old son Homer Heche Laffoon, with ex-husband Coleman Laffoon. Homer was appointed general manager of the Heche estate, despite a failed legal attempt by the elder Tupper.

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Homer promoted his mom’s new memoir earlier this month, taking over her Instagram in a rare move. Homer said the memoir “is the product of Mom’s continued efforts to share her story and help others where she could. Call me Anne is the result and I know she was excited to share it with the world. So, Mom, here I am sharing it with the community you have created, may it flourish and take on a life of its own, as you wished.”

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