Anne Heche’s ex-husband Coley Laffoon pays tribute to the actress after she was declared legally dead Friday.
“Following Anne’s passing, I just wanted to say a few things. First, I loved her and miss her and always will. Two, Homer is fine. He’s in mourning, of course, and it’s hard,” Laffoon began. “It’s really tough, as anyone can imagine, but he’s surrounded by his family and he’s strong and he’ll be fine.”
“So for all those people who are checking in, thank you. Your recording, showing us your heart, offering prayers and everything, it’s so beautiful. Thank you,” he continued. “It’s tough on me, it’s tough on my family, it’s really tough on Homer, but we got on really well and we have a lot of support and we’ll be fine.”
Laffoon added that he’d like to think the actor is “pain free and enjoying or experiencing the rest of his journey.”
“She came in hot and she had a lot to say. She was brave and fearless, loved really hard and was never afraid to let us know what she (thought), what she believed in,” Laffoon said. “It was always about love. It was all about love.”
The real estate consultant concluded his message by saying goodbye to his ex-wife, adding: “I love you. Thanks. Thanks for all the good times. There were so many.
“We meet on the other side. In the meantime, I had our son. He will be fine. I love you,” he concluded.
Laffoon also posted a throwback photo of Heche with their son when he was a baby.
“It’s important to remember true love in the best times. Thank you Anne. Peace on your journey,” he captioned the snapshot.
While his heart is still beating, Heche was declared legally dead under California law a week after he was involved in a car accident in Los Angeles, the actor’s spokesperson said in a statement obtained by TODAY. She has not yet been taken off life support in case she might be compatible with organ donation.
Laffoon and Heche were married from 2001 to 2009. They welcomed Homer in 2002. The 20 years released a statement earlier today, saying he was “left with deep, wordless sadness” after his death.
Heche was also the mother of a 13-year-old son, Atlas Heche Tupper, whom she shared with actor James Tupper.
“My brother Atlas and I have lost our mum. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with deep, wordless sadness. I hope my mum is free from pain and begins to explore what I like to imagine like his eternal freedom,” Homer wrote in a statement provided to NBC News. “Over these six days, thousands of friends, family and fans have let me know their hearts. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my father, Coley, and my stepmother Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time.
“Rest in peace mom, I love you, Homer,” he concluded.
Tupper also paid tribute to his ex and the mother of his son. He shared a photo of Heche, writing, “I love you forever.”