Anne Heche’s son Homer promotes her posthumous memoir, ‘Call Me Anne,’ as she ‘would have wanted’
Anne Heche with son Homer Laffoon, 20, pictured in 2021. Now the general administrator of his mother’s estate after her death in August, he is also promoting her new book. (Photo: Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Christian Siriano)
Anne Heche’s son Homer Laffoon is speaking ahead of the posthumous publication of her memoir.
Homer, who was named the general administrator of her estate after a legal battle with her ex James Tupper, took to his mother’s Instagram to share a message to her fans about Call Me Anne, who will published on January 24.
“Homer here,” the 20-year-old began. “I never imagined I’d find myself in charge of mom’s IG account, but here we are.”
He first thanked fans for the “amount of love, care and support” they have shown since Heche died following a fiery car crash in Los Angeles in August. He said it was “overwhelming and blessed. One day at a time is working for me as I’m sure the journey of recovery will be a long one. Your kind thoughts and well wishes will continue to comfort me on my way.”
Homer, son of Heche and her ex-husband Coley Laffoon, went on to say that he has a responsibility to share with his mother’s community that the manuscript for her second book was completed at the time of her death and will published in just over two weeks. There will be a special launch event at Barnes & Noble in the Grove in LA, with Heche’s podcast co-host Heather Duffy, the day the book goes on sale.
“The book is the product of Mom’s continued efforts to share her story and help others where she can,” he wrote. “Call Me Anne is the result, and I know she was excited to share it with the world. So Mom, here’s sharing it with the community you’ve created, let it flourish and take on a life of its own, as you would have required.”
Homer said he doesn’t plan to use Heche’s Instagram “very often” in the future, “but know that she loved her fans, she loved to write (she wrote endlessly) and it wouldn’t feel right to don’t reach out at a time like this.”
He captioned his post as his mother, writing, “Peace and love, Homer.”
Call Me Anne is a follow-up to Heche’s 2001 memoir, Call Me Crazy, and is about her rise to fame – with personal anecdotes about her Six Days, Seven Nights co-star Harrison Ford being became her mentor, plus her main romance with Ellen. DeGeneres and dating Harvey Weinstein — as well as the sexual abuse she endured as a child. It is described as “part memoir and part self-acceptance”, with the stories “interspersed with poetry, encouragement and exercises that got Anna through difficult times”.
Homer battled his mother’s ex and Men in Trees star Tupper for legal control of her estate after Heche died intestate in August.
He was granted permission by the court to “take possession of all the personal property of the decedent’s estate and preserve it from damage, waste and injury.” He was also given the power to protect Heche’s interests in the “publishing deal” of her book. He will also be responsible for defending lawsuits and other legal proceedings against Heche, including one filed by the woman whose home was destroyed in the car crash that killed the Emmy winner.
Tupper, who shared 13-year-old son Atlas with Heche, opposed Homer overseeing the estate. He claimed that Heche asked him to be the executor more than a decade ago and before their split in 2018. In court, Tupper claimed that Homer was unable to manage his late mother’s affairs, listing a variety of reasons. He also claimed that Homer was acting “in a hostile manner” towards his half-brother Atlas and refusing “to communicate at all with him or his representatives”. However, Homer prevailed 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, leaving her trapped in the vehicle for 30 minutes. Heche was in a coma for several days before the state of California declared her legally dead on August 12. On August 14, she was removed from life insurance. She died primarily of 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 evidence 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 relief.