Emmy Award Winning Actress Anne Heche Dies At 53

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Emmy Award Winning Actress Anne Heche has died, according to People magazine. People reported that a representative of Heche said “Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.”

The representative went on to say: “Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

According to People magazine, Heche is legally dead though her heart is still beating:

“The family’s rep confirms to PEOPLE that, while Heche is legally dead according to California law, her heart is still beating and she has not been taken off life support in order to allow OneLegacy Foundation enough time to find recipients who will be a match.”

A spokesperson for Heche told Page Six earlier this week: “It has long been her choice to donate her organs.”

The rep went on to thank her fans “for their kind wishes and prayers” and to thank “the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses” who have cared for her.”

“Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit. More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love.”

Heche died as a result of last week’s car crash. She suffered a “severe anoxic brain injury”. Heche was just 53 years old and was mother to two sons, ages 20 and 13.

TMZ had reported earlier that a source from the Los Angeles Police Department said that cocaine and fentanyl were found in Heche’s blood draw taken shortly after being admitted to the hospital after Friday’s crash. The source cautioned that fentanyl was a pain reliever and may have been administered as part of Heche’s treatment at the hospital.

On Friday August 5, 2022, actress Anne Heche was involved in a fiery car crash. She crashed her blue Mini Cooper into a garage before speeding away and crashing into a home in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Heche did have a history of mental illness. In 2020, she wandered up to a stranger’s home in the desert and she later told the police that “God, and was going to take everyone back to heaven in a spaceship.” She was admitted to the psychiatric unit at Fresno’s University Medical Center.

Anne Heche dated Ellen DeGeneres from 1997 to 2000.

Heche was married to Coleman “Coley” Laffoon from 2001 to 2009.

Heche reportedly left her husband for Men in Trees co-star James Tupper in 2007. Tupper and Heche had a son together. Tupper and Heche remained together until 2018.

Heche starred in many TV shows and movies over the years. She started out in the soap opera Another World, where she won a Daytime Emmy Award. She appeared in movies such as Donnie Brasco, Volcano, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Six Days, Seven Nights, Return to Paradise, a Psycho remake, and many independent films.

Heche appeared in many TV shows, such as Gracie’s Choice, Men in Trees, Hung, Save Me, Aftermath, The Brave, and Heche was on the 29th season of Dancing with the Stars.