Late actress Anne Heche left around $110,000 – including $33,000 in uncashed royalty and residual checks – after her death in August last year, her son Homer Laffoon has revealed.
In new court documents obtained by DailyMail.com, Laffoon, 21 – administrator of his mother’s estate – also disclosed that she had almost $77,000 in a Merrill bank account at the time of her death in August last year.
The 27 uncashed checks include several from such top Hollywood studios as Disney, Warner Brothers, Paramount and NBCUniversal.
The largest check – for $25,000 – was from Cast and Crew Production Services and was dated June 10, 2022, just a few weeks before Heche died after a fiery car crash in Los Angeles.
Homer discovered the check while going through Anne’s home, Radar Online first reported.
Anne Heche had cocaine in her system during her fatal car crash that resulted in a massive fire that trapped her for 45 minutes. Pictured: Heche moments before the crash
Anne Heche and Coleman Laffoon’s 20-year-old son Homer
Anne Heche pictured with her son, Homer Laffoon, at the celebration launch of Christian Siriano’s new book ‘Dresses to Dream About’ at The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills on November 19, 2021
The $110,000 in bank funds and uncashed checks is a partial inventory of Heche’s assets that Laffoon has been putting together for LA Superior Court Probate Judge Lee Bogdanoff.
Last November, the judge gave control of Heche’s estate to Homer over objections from the actress’ former partner, actor James Tupper – who claimed that $200,000 worth of her jewelry has ‘gone missing.’
The judge appointed Laffoon, 21, as permanent administrator of the estate, denying the motion by Tupper – father of Heche’s 14 year-old son Atlas – to have an independent administrator appointed.
And the judge dismissed the objection from Canadian-born Tupper, 57, who asserted that Laffoon is ‘not suitable’ to run the estate because he is too young, unemployed and was estranged from his mother at the time of her death.
‘I find no malfeasance by Mr. Laffoon,’ said Judge Bogdanoff – who also denied a request Wednesday from Tupper’s attorney, Christopher Johnson, for an evidentiary hearing to investigate his client’s allegation that Heche’s $200,000 jewelry collection has disappeared.
Johnson had told the judge that Heche ‘had approximately $200,000 worth of jewelry and none remains and that was four years ago’(Tupper was with Heche from 2007 to 2018).
James Tupper and Anne Heche attend the Hollywood Reporter and SAG AFRA 2017 Emmy Nominees Night party at the Jean-Georges at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills, on September 14, 2017
Homer Heche Laffoon (pictured right with Heche and younger son, Atlas, left) was appointed administrator over her estate
Anne Heche and James Tupper attend the launch of her ‘Tickle Time Sunblock’ at The COOP on December 8, 2012 in Studio City, California. Homer Heche Laffoon is pictured center and Atlas Tupper is pictured right, in James Tupper’s arms
When Judge Bogdanoff asked Johnson if he was suggesting that Laffoon took the jewelry or if he was suggesting ‘fraud or embezzlement’ was involved, Johnson replied, ‘Not fraud or embezzlement, mismanagement,’ because, he claimed, Laffoon didn’t not secure his mother’s apartment quickly enough after her death three months ago.
The judge told Johnson that his allegation ‘does not make sense’ and dismissed his request for an evidentiary hearing.
The $200,000 jewelry collection is part of Tupper’s $1.6 valuation of what his former partner’s estate is worth. That sum is disputed by Laffoon who estimates that the value of his mother’s belongings and assets totals only a quarter of that, $400,000.
In their bitter family feud over the estate, the two have also fought over Tupper’s claim that Heche appointed him executor of her estate in a ‘will’ she emailed to him in 2011.
But Homer – the product of Heche’s eight-year marriage to cameraman Coleman Laffoon – insisted that the email in not valid because it’s not signed and that his mother had no will when she died at the age of 53.
Heche died days after slamming her Mini Cooper into a house in Los Angeles, causing an explosion, on August 5
The actress was left badly burned and in a coma. Heche’s life support machine was turned off on August 14, and she was cremated on August 18
The crash scene on August 5 was chaotic with firefighters braving the flames to try and rescue Heche and homeowner Lynne Mishele
Heche – best known for roles in Donnie Brasco, Volcano and Wag the Dog and her three-year-relationship with Ellen DeGeneres – slammed her Mini Cooper into a house in Los Angeles, causing a fire, on August 5 last year.
Blood tests showed that she had cocaine and fentanyl in her system when the high-speed crash occurred, but officials confirmed that she had not been drinking alcohol – despite being pictured earlier with a vodka bottle in her cupholder.
She was left badly burned and in a coma. Heche’s life support machine was turned off on August 14, and she was cremated August 18.
A coroner concluded that she died from inhalation injury and burns, and the death was ruled an accident.
The mother-of-two also had a fractured sternum caused by ‘blunt trauma,’ according to information on the website of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.
As general administrator of his mother’s estate, one of the issues Laffoon will have to deal with is claims from creditors.
Earlier this month, Lynne Mishele, the woman renting the house that Heche crashed into, setting it ablaze, sued the estate for at least $2 million, citing ‘negligence, infliction of emotional distress and trespass.’
Actor Thomas Jane, 53 – who dated Heche in 2019 and 2020 – also filed a claim saying he loaned his ex-girlfriend $157,000 and he’s still owed $149,000 with interest and late fees.
At the November hearing Judge Bogdanoff set a temporary $800,000 bond Laffoon had to post to safeguard claims of creditors and heirs to the estate.
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