Homer Laffoon, the son of Anne Heche, speaks out in anticipation of the posthumous publication of her memoirs.
Homer, who was named general manager of her estate after a lawsuit with her ex James Tupper, took to his mother’s Instagram to share a message to her fans about Call me Anne, which will be published on January 24.
“Homer here,” the 20-year-old began. “Never thought I’d be responsible for mom’s IG account, but here we are.”
He first thanked fans for “the amount of love, care and support” they’ve shown since Heche died following a fiery car crash in Los Angeles in August. He said it was “overwhelming and blessedly received. Day by day it works for me as I am sure the healing journey will be long. Your good thoughts and good wishes will continue to comfort me on my path.”
Homer, the son of Heche and her ex-husband Coley Laffoon, went on to say that he has a responsibility to tell his mother’s community that the manuscript for her second book was completed at the time of her death and that it is about will be published in a few days. more than two weeks. On the day the book goes on sale, there will be a special launch event at Barnes & Noble at the Grove in LA, featuring Heche’s podcast co-host Heather Duffy.
“The book is the product of Mom’s continued efforts to share her story and help others where she could,” he wrote. “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.”
Homer said he doesn’t plan on using Heche’s Instagram “too much” in the future, “but knows she loved her fans, loved writing (she wrote endlessly) and that it wouldn’t feel right to be at a time like not to contact them.”
He signed his mail as his mother always did and wrote, “Peace and love, Homer.”
Call me Anne is a sequel to Heche’s 2001 memoir, Call me crazyand talks about her fame – with personal anecdotes about her Six days, seven nights co-star Harrison Ford who becomes her mentor, plus her romance with Ellen DeGeneres and meeting Harvey Weinstein – as well as the sexual abuse she endured as a child. It has been described as “part memoir and part self-acceptance workbook”, with the stories “intertwined with poems, pointers and exercises that have helped Anne through tough times”.
Homer fought his mom’s ex and Men in trees star Tupper for legal control of her estate after Heche died intestate in August.
He was allowed by the court to “take possession of all personal property of the deceased’s estate and protect it against damage, waste and injury”. He was also given the authority to protect Heche’s interests in “the publication agreement” of her book. He will also be responsible for defending lawsuits and other legal proceedings against Heche, including those brought by the woman whose home was destroyed in the car accident that killed the Emmy winner.
Tupper, who shared 13-year-old son Atlas with Heche, objected to Homer overseeing the estate. He claimed that Heche had asked him to be the executor more than a decade earlier and prior to their breakup in 2018. In court, Tupper claimed that Homer was unable to manage his late mother’s affairs, citing several reasons. He also claimed that Homer behaved “in a hostile manner” towards his half-brother Atlas, refusing to “communicate with him or his representatives at all”. However, Homer was victorious in November.
Heche died after being involved in a car accident on August 5, when her Mini Cooper crashed into a house and caught fire, trapping her in the vehicle for 30 minutes. Heche was in a coma for days before the state of California declared her legally dead on August 12. On August 14, she was taken off a ventilator. She died primarily from smoke inhalation and thermal injuries, according to the medical examiner.
Despite initial reports, Heche was not drunk or high when she crashed her car. A toxicology report based on blood and urine samples showed that she had previously used cocaine and cannabis, but not at the time of the accident. The fentanyl found in Heche’s urine was administered by the hospital for pain medication.