Ellen DeGeneres Pays Tribute To Ex-Girlfriend Anne Heche

Ellen DeGeneres paid tribute to former girlfriend Anne Heche on Friday with a brief however heartfelt message for the actor’s household and family members.

The previous discuss present host’s assertion got here after Heche’s household and pals stated the actor was brain-dead following accidents sustained in a automobile crash final week. Heche remained on life help whereas household decided whether or not she was a match for organ donation, in accordance with a press release from household and pals offered to CNN and NBC Information.

“This is a sad day,” DeGeneres wrote on Twitter. “I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”

On Monday, DeGeneres was approached in Los Angeles by a photographer for the Day by day Mail, who requested for touch upon Heche’s situation on the time.

After noting that she and her ex have been “not in touch with each other,” DeGeneres added, “I don’t want anyone to be hurt.”

Heche had been hospitalized since Aug. 5, when she crashed her automobile into a house positioned within the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles. Initially listed in important situation, she reportedly fell right into a coma three days later and by no means regained consciousness.

Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Police Division confirmed that Heche had cocaine in her system on the time of the accident.

DeGeneres and Heche dated from 1997 to 2000. The 2 girls have been amongst Hollywood’s most buzzed-about {couples} at a time when mainstream tradition was significantly much less inclusive of the LGBTQ neighborhood.

Ellen DeGeneres (left) and Anne Heche in 1998.

Ronald Siemoneit by way of Getty Photographs

In a 2020 interview with Mr. Warburton journal, Heche recalled the backlash she’d obtained when she introduced DeGeneres to the premiere of her 1997 movie “Volcano.”

“I was told by Fox Studio executives that if I brought Ellen to the premiere, my contract would be terminated,” she informed the publication. “I brought Ellen despite those threats, and we were escorted out of the theater before the lights came on by security and not allowed to attend the premiere party because they did not want any photos of us together.”

She continued, “Our time was a beautiful part of my life and one that I wear with honor. I was a part of a revolution that created social change, and I could not have done that without falling in love with her.”