Anne Heche’s son reveals importance of actress’ resting place
The sons of Anne Heche know that their mother would have loved the place where they chose to bury her remains after her death following a violent car accident.
Homer Laffoon, 20, detailed in a statement shared with Page Six why he and his brother, Atlas Tupper, 13, chose Hollywood Forever Cemetery as Heche’s final resting place.
“My brother Atlas and I want to thank Tyler, Noelle and all the amazing people at Hollywood Forever for their kindness, compassion and generosity of spirit,” the statement read.
“We are convinced that our mum would like the site we have chosen for her; it’s beautiful, serene and she will be among her Hollywood peers.
The statement further adds that they primarily chose Hollywood Forever because it’s “a place to live, where people attend movies, concerts, and other events.”
Laffon, who is Heche’s eldest son, continued in the statement, “She was our mum, but the kindness and outpouring of the last few days reminded us that she also belongs to her fans, to the community of entertainment, and now, to the age.”
Heche shared Laffon with ex-husband Coleman “Coley” Laffoon and co-parented Atlas with ex-boyfriend and “Men in Trees” costar James Tupper.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which was founded in 1899, is the final resting place of a Hollywood who’s who, including Judy Garland, Rudolph Valentino, Mickey Rooney, Valerie Harper, Anton Yelchin and Chris Cornell. It also regularly hosts a series of cultural events, including outdoor concerts and film screenings.
Earlier this month, the “Six Days, Seven Nights” star drove his Mini Cooper car to a Los Angeles home.
The actress – who dated Ellen DeGeneres in the 90s – suffered catastrophic injuries including anoxic brain injury and severe burns. She fell into a coma and never regained consciousness.
On August 12, Heche was declared brain dead but remained on life support to allow time for potential organ recipients. His rep released a statement mourning Heche’s passing.
“Today we lost a shining light, a kind and very joyful soul, a loving mother and a faithful friend,” the statement read.
“Anne will be sorely missed, but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic work and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery to always stand in her truth, spread her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have an impact sustainable.
According to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner, Heche died of smoke inhalation and thermal injuries. Investigators could have determined that she was under the influence of cocaine at the time of the accident.
The actress was 53 years old.