Ellen DeGeneres sends ‘love’ to Anne Heche’s family after actress declared brain dead

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Ellen DeGeneres, who had a groundbreaking relationship with Anne Heche in the late ’90s, is speaking out amid the actress’ “dire” condition following a fiery car crash last week.

“This is a sad day,” the comedian, 64, tweeted on Friday. “I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”

Heche’s other ex James Tupper, who shares a 13-year-old son, Atlas, with the “Six Days, Seven Nights” star, also shared a post on social media that prompted many to send their condolences in the comments section.

He captioned close-up photo of Heche, “love you forever 💔.”

However, a rep for the “Volcano” star, 53, told Page Six on Friday afternoon that Heche “remains on life support and any reports indicating otherwise are false.”

The rep told Page Six Heche was declared brain dead on Thursday night.

The “Dancing With the Stars” alum’s team also notified us on Thursday, however, that she is “not expected to survive.”

A solo shot of Anne Heche.
Heche suffered a severe brain injury and burns as a result of the fiery crash.
Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP

The rep said Heche “suffered a severe anoxic brain injury” and “remains in a coma” at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center in California.

“It has long been her choice to donate her organs,” her spokesperson added, stating that the mother of one “is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”

On June 5, Heche was caught on surveillance video crashing her blue Mini Cooper into a Los Angeles home. The vehicle went up in flames and she was photographed being carried out of the scene in a stretcher after suffering “severe burns.”

“She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention,” her rep told Page Six three days after the accident.

Anne Heche, James Tupper and their son out to eat.
Anne Heche has only one son, whom she shares with ex James Tupper.

The Los Angeles Police Department then launched a felony DUI investigation into Heche after a woman claimed she was injured and needed medical assistance after the actress crashed into her home.

Law enforcement reportedly found the “Men in Trees” star was allegedly under the influence of cocaine and possibly fentanyl at the time of the accident. LAPD told Page Six Friday morning that an investigation into the accident is ongoing.

DeGeneres, who dated Heche from 1997 to 2000, first issued a brief statement on the matter on Monday.

Anne Heche and Ellen DeGeneres hugging at a red carpet event.
Heche and DeGeneres’ three-year romance was monumental for the LGBTQ+ community.
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“I don’t want anyone to be hurt,” the former “Ellen DeGeneres Show” host told photographers on Monday (per Daily Mail), adding that she is no longer “in touch” with her ex and “wouldn’t know [how she’s doing].”

Heche and DeGeneres’ romance was met with a lot of controversy when they first became public — as they were one of few lesbian couples in Hollywood.

At the time of their split in August 2022, the pair released a joint statement to People that read, “It is an amicable parting and we greatly value the 3 1/2 years we have spent together.”

Heche once said years after the break-up, “Those repercussions that happened, are to me what has created a part of the change. I’m a part of it. It is a badge of honor.”

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