Emmy-winning actor Anne Heche has died at the age of 53. The actor was in critical condition following an accident in which she crashed her car in a house last week. Though Anne is legally dead as per California law, her heart is still beating, and she has not been taken off life support to allow OneLegacy Foundation enough time to find organ recipients.
Anne appeared in a number of TV shows and films during her career and was famously known for starring as the lead in Men in Trees. Read on to know more about the star and her unfortunate death.
Heche’s Rep Confirmed her Death
The news of Heche’s demise was shared by her rep, who released a statement that read, “Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend. 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,” the statement read further. Anne’s elder son, Homer, 20, mourned his mother’s death and said, “My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom.”
“After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom.”
He further thanked fans and friends for their love in the last few days and said, “Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you.”
The Actor met with a Car Accident Last Week
Anne was hospitalized after a horrific car crash in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles. The actor never regained her consciousness after that. On Thursday, her rep had shared that she was not expected to survive.
The rep had said, “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive. It has long been her choice to donate her organs, and she’s being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”
Anne had a Three-Decade Long Career
Anne’s career included some memorable roles in TV shows, films and theatre. She rose to fame in the late 1980s with the soap opera Another World (1987–1991), for which she won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.
She then went on to star in films like Volcano, Wag the Dog, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Six Days Seven Nights. For her portrayal of Rowena Lawson in the 2004 TV film Gracie’s Choice, Anne earned the nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in the Primetime Emmy Awards.
The actor made her broadway debut in 2002 with Proof, a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. She was last seen on the screens in the 2021 disaster film 13 Minutes.
Anne is survived by her two sons. May the departed soul rest in peace! Stay tuned for more news and updates.