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Anne Heche dead: Ellen DeGeneres reacts after being declared brain dead

Ellen DeGeneres posted a heartfelt message to her ex-girlfriend Anne Heche just before it was announced that the actress has passed away at the age of 53.

The talk show’s message came just before Friday morning confirmation that Heche had been declared legally dead, though her heart continues to beat so it can be harvested for donation.

“This is a sad day,” said DeGeneres, 64, who dated Heche from 1997 to 2000. “I send Anne’s children, family and friends all my love.”

As they were: Ellen DeGeneres posted a heartfelt message to her ex-girlfriend Anne Heche just before it was announced that the actress has passed away at the age of 53

As they were: Ellen DeGeneres posted a heartfelt message to her ex-girlfriend Anne Heche just before it was announced that the actress has passed away at the age of 53

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1660335522 188 Anne Heche dead Ellen DeGeneres reacts after being declared brain

“This is a sad day”: DeGeneres, who dated Heche from 1997 to 2000. ‘I send Anne’s children, family and friends all my love’

DeGeneres and Heche were serious enough that in 1999 they declared that if Vermont legalized same-sex marriage in a widely publicized case, they would tie the knot.

Heche’s team announced on Thursday that they “didn’t expect to survive” from the injuries she sustained in her fiery car accident on August 5, when she drove into a house under the influence of cocaine at 90 km/h.

Selma Blair wrote a heartfelt Instagram tribute to Blair, but later deleted it by writing, “Since I came to Hollywood, I have met so many lovely people who have loved Anne from way back. And continue. I was always told how much I would love her and she remained a bright spot to admire.’

Blair continued: “She is clearly one of the great actresses of our time and this tragedy is terrifying. She was remarkable. And maybe very complicated, but seemed to fight like crazy to do the best for everyone she loved. May her memory be a blessing. Love and support to everyone who knew and loved @anneheche. Comfort for her boys. Love.’

Throwback to 1997: DeGeneres and Heche were serious enough that in 1999 they declared that if Vermont legalized same-sex marriage, they would tie the knot

Throwback to 1997: DeGeneres and Heche were serious enough that in 1999 they declared that if Vermont legalized same-sex marriage, they would tie the knot

Throwback to 1997: DeGeneres and Heche were serious enough that in 1999 they declared that if Vermont legalized same-sex marriage, they would tie the knot

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1660335523 687 Anne Heche dead Ellen DeGeneres reacts after being declared brain

Loving words: Celebrities ranging from Cruel Intentions actress Selma Blair to Gina Schock of The Go-Gos tweeted tribute to Heche

Loving words: Celebrities ranging from Cruel Intentions actress Selma Blair to Gina Schock of The Go-Gos tweeted tribute to Heche

Loving words: Celebrities ranging from Cruel Intentions actress Selma Blair to Gina Schock of The Go-Gos tweeted tribute to Heche

After Heche was pronounced dead this Friday, Gina Schock of The Go-Gos tweeted: ‘Not sure what’s going on in the world but 53 years young we say goodbye to @anneheche May you, your family, friends and fans have peace find in this difficult time.’

Police this week revealed that their preliminary blood tests, which used blood drawn while Heche was in hospital, showed cocaine in her system.

The tests also revealed fentanyl, but because hospitals also use fentanyl for pain relief, it is currently unclear whether it was in her bloodstream during the accident.

Heche rushed into Lynne Mishele’s home, sustaining serious enough injuries that police opened an investigation into the crime.

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1660335523 87 Anne Heche dead Ellen DeGeneres reacts after being declared brain

Throwback: After her team announced she probably wouldn't survive, Ed Helms, her co-star in the 2011 film Cedar Rapids (pictured), expressed his grief on Twitter

Throwback: After her team announced she probably wouldn't survive, Ed Helms, her co-star in the 2011 film Cedar Rapids (pictured), expressed his grief on Twitter

Throwback: After her team announced she probably wouldn’t survive, Ed Helms, her co-star in the 2011 film Cedar Rapids (pictured), expressed his grief on Twitter

She was hospitalized and spent days in a coma before being declared brain dead, although she still lives on organ donation.

After her team announced she probably wouldn’t survive, Ed Helms, her co-star in the 2011 film Cedar Rapids, expressed his grief on Twitter.

“The news of Anne Heche today is so heartbreaking. A truly epic, vibrant spirit and a profound talent,” he wrote. Sending immense love and support to her family.”

Rosanna Arquette tweeted Thursday evening: “I am very upset and sad that Anne Heche does not expect to be alive. And yes, she would have been arrested for drink driving and endangering lives. She is still a great artist and struggled with addiction it is terribly sad for her children and for her friends.’

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1660335523 702 Anne Heche dead Ellen DeGeneres reacts after being declared brain

Real-time: Rosanna Arquette tweeted on Thursday: 'I am very upset and saddened that Anne Heche is not expected to live,' and after Heche was pronounced dead, she wrote: 'Rest in peace now Anne'

Real-time: Rosanna Arquette tweeted on Thursday: 'I am very upset and saddened that Anne Heche is not expected to live,' and after Heche was pronounced dead, she wrote: 'Rest in peace now Anne'

Real-time: Rosanna Arquette tweeted on Thursday: ‘I am very upset and saddened that Anne Heche is not expected to live,’ and after Heche was pronounced dead, she wrote: ‘Rest in peace now Anne’

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1660335523 757 Anne Heche dead Ellen DeGeneres reacts after being declared brain

Side by side: Her performance in Proof on Broadway in 2000 received special praise from her co-star Stephen Kunken and from Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn

Side by side: Her performance in Proof on Broadway in 2000 received special praise from her co-star Stephen Kunken and from Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn

Side by side: Her performance in Proof on Broadway in 2000 received special praise from her co-star Stephen Kunken and from Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn

Tributes poured in on social media this Friday after the actress was pronounced dead, including from Rosanna who simply tweeted, “Rest in peace now Anne.”

Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn added his voice to the chorus on Twitter: “Frankly, I think the best acting performance I’ve ever seen in my life was Anne Heche in PROOF on Broadway.”

Heche’s co-star in Proof, Stephen Kunken, had tweeted the night before: “Several years ago I was the quirky admirer of Anne Heche in PROOF on Broadway. She was as crazy and absolutely fantastic as I could have ever dreamed of.’

He praised her as ‘An immense talent that I loved to play against and more importantly, a truly decent human being and friend. The news is just infinitely sad.”

The actress turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with the psychological effects of her traumatic childhood, during which she was sexually abused by her secretly gay father who later died of AIDS.

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