1The teenage son of Anne Heche has spoken out for the first time since her tragic death last year, aged 53.
Atlas Heche Tupper, 13, broke his silence today via a tribute piece for the late actress in Los Angeles Inquisitor magazine, five months after she passed away from injuries sustained in a fiery car crash last August.
“My mom was the brightest person I’ve ever known,” he told the outlet. “She always knew how to solve a problem, or help a friend. She always knew the right thing to do. I cannot put into words how grateful I am or how much I miss her.”
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Heche shared Atlas with her ex-partner, actor James Tupper, who she began dating in 2007, one year after they met on the set of the series Men in Trees.
But in 2018, after 11 years and one child together – they welcomed Atlas in 2009 – the couple called it quits.
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Remaining friends and co-parents, Tupper, 57, also had some beautiful words to share about his ex.
“Anne and I were together for more than a decade, we have a beautiful son together and in that time, she was the very definition of light in our lives, always bringing fun, love and energy. She will always be remembered in our hearts and minds,” he told the Los Angeles Inquisitor.
Before her relationship with Tupper, Heche was married to cameraman Coleman Laffoon, who now works as a real estate broker. They were married in 2001 but split five years later. Their divorce was officially finalised in 2008. The exes shared a son together, Homer, now 20.
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In the months after her death, Homer and Tupper were embroiled in a legal battle over the actress’ estate amid reports she died without a will.
In September, Homer filed paperwork to be the administrator of her estate along with his half-brother, Atlas, requesting they be named the legal heirs to their mother’s reported $US4 million ($5.8 million) fortune.
However, Tupper, alleges Heche sent him an email in January 2011 in which he claimed she appointed him administrator of her estate.
Their legal battle came to an end in late November when Homer was named the permanent special administrator of his late mother’s estate,
According to court documents obtained by E! News, the court found Homer provided “sufficient evidence” to support his petition.
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“We believe the court reached the correct result, both legally and equitably, and are glad to have this phase of the process behind us,” Homer’s attorney Bryan L. Phipps, said in a statement.
“With Mr. Tupper’s allegations and objections now resolved, we are hopeful the administration of the Estate can proceed without unnecessary complication.”
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