Robert De Niro hailed Anne Heche as a “wonderful actress”.
The Hollywood icon starred alongside the actress in the 1997 political satire “Wag the Dog,” and he paid a heartfelt tribute to Heche after his death at the age of 53.
De Niro, 78, said in a statement to ‘Entertainment Tonight’: “I am very sad to hear of the tragic passing of Anne Heche. She was a wonderful actress and I enjoyed working with her immensely in ‘ Wag the Dog’. Sad sad sad!”
The actress died on Friday (08.12.22), a few days after being involved in a car accident.
A rep for the movie star previously confirmed that Heche fell into a coma after the accident.
They said: “Shortly after the accident, Anne Heche lost consciousness, fell into a coma and is in critical condition.
“She has a significant lung injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns requiring surgery.”
Nancy Davis, a close friend of Heche, later confirmed that she had died.
Nancy said: “Heaven has a new angel. My loving, kind, fun, endearing and beautiful friend @anneheche has gone to heaven.
“I will miss her terribly and cherish all the beautiful memories we shared. Anne was always the kindest, most caring person who always brought out the best in me.
“She was so supportive of anything she could do to help @racetoerasems and always said yes when she knew she could contribute something with her time, talent and creative genius to help find a cure for MS .
“My heart is broken #heavenhasanewangel #heavenhasanotherangel. (sic)”
Heche’s ex, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, also took to Twitter to pay tribute to the actress.
Ellen, 64, wrote on the microblogging platform, “It’s a sad day. Sending Anne’s children, family and friends all my love.”