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Actor Anne Heche Dies a Week After Fiery Car Crash: “We Have Lost a Bright Light”

Actor Anne Heche Dies a Week After Fiery Car Crash: “We Have Lost a Bright Light”

The actor was allegedly intoxicated, under the influence of cocaine and perhaps fentanyl at the time of the crash said the police said on Thursday.

Anne Heche has died a week after she was severely injured in a car crash. The Emmy Award-winning actress' passing was confirmed by a representative for her family to TMZ. “We have 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,” said the representative. She had slipped into a coma and on Friday, a representative stated that "She is not expected to survive." Heche was 53 and had two sons.

Getty Images | Photo by Michael Tullberg
Getty Images | Photo by Michael Tullberg

 

Her death comes a week after she crashed her car into a house in Los Angeles. The home was destroyed and she was left fighting for her life. "Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition," said a family representative, reported PEOPLE. They also added that she was brain dead and was being kept on life support so they could determine her organs' viability, so she could fulfill her wish of donating her organs. The actor was allegedly intoxicated, under the influence of cocaine and perhaps fentanyl at the time of the crash said the police said on Thursday. “In preliminary testing, the blood draw revealed the presence of drugs,” Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. “The case is being investigated as felony DUI traffic collision,” the statement from LAPD said, reported PageSix.



 


Tributes have started pouring in for the actor. Nancy Davis, a friend of hers, wrote, “Heaven has a new Angel. My loving, kind, fun, endearing, and beautiful friend @anneheche went to heaven. I will miss her terribly and cherish all the beautiful memories we have shared. Anne was always the kindest, most thoughtful person who always brought out the best in me … My heart is broken."



 

 

Heche became a popular face with her role in the soap opera "Another World" (1987–1991). She also acted in movies such as "Wag the Dog," disaster movie "Volcano" and slasher classic "I Know What You Did Last Summer." Her first major role came as Johnny Depp’s girlfriend in "Donnie Brasco" in 1997. She received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for best-supporting actress for her role in the 2004 film "Gracie's Choice." She also starred in the ABC romantic comedy series "Men in Trees" which aired from 2006 to 2008.



 

 

She dated talk show host Ellen DeGeneres after the comedian came out as gay. They were together for three years before breaking up. She married cameraman Coleman Laffoon in 2001. They share a son together. In 2001, she published a memoir, "Call Me Crazy" writing in detail about her rough childhood. She was the youngest of five children in a family that moved 11 times during her childhood. They divorced in 2009. She also has a son with James Tupper, her Men in Trees co-star.

References: 
https://www.tmz.com/2022/08/12/anne-heche-dead-dies-car-crash/
https://people.com/tv/anne-heche-dead/
https://pagesix.com/2022/08/11/anne-heche-under-influence-of-cocaine-at-time-of-crash-report/

Cover image source: Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival | Photo by Mike Coppola