Anne Heche died at 53

Anne Heche was pronounced dead on August 12, 2022, at 53 years old.

“Today we lost a shining light, a kind and very joyful soul, a loving mother and a faithful friend,” a representative for Heche said. “Anne will be sorely missed, but she will survive through her beautiful sons, her iconic work and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery to always stay true to her truth, spread her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have an impact sustainable .”

The actress, who was in a coma for a week following a car accident on Friday, August 5, had no brain function, her rep says PEOPLE. The star was kept on life support to allow the OneLegacy Foundation to find matching recipients to donate Heche’s viable organs to.

Her longtime friend, Nancy Davisconfirmed the news on Instagram, writing, “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 .”

Heche was “not supposed to survive” after the accident. “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition,” Heche’s rep said in a statement Aug. 11.

The statement, released on behalf of the actress’ family, continued: “She has long since chosen to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are We would like to thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses who cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital .”

Heche, driving a blue Mini Cooper, crashed his car at Lynne Mishele’s rented home in Mar Vista, California, causing the residence to catch fire. Heche suffered severe burns and injuries; Mishele was not seriously injured.

TMZ reported at the time that Heche had been involved in a minor accident at an apartment complex just before crashing into Mishele’s house. Heche reportedly fled the collision with the apartment complex.

Heche turned to acting when she was young to escape a harrowing past: she revealed in a 2001 interview with ABC News that her father had sexually abused her throughout her childhood; he died of AIDS in 1983, leading Heche to fear for his own life.

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Heche recalled that when she told her mother about her father’s continued sexual abuse, her mother disowned him.

Three months after her father’s death, her 18-year-old brother died in a car accident.

In 1988, she got her first star turn, playing twins Marley and Victoria Hudson in Another world. She won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 1991.

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It wasn’t the only time Heche juggled more than one personality. To mentally dissociate herself from her father’s sexual abuse and the trauma she suffered not only from the abuse itself, but also from her mother’s reaction, Heche found herself with a second personality and struggling with drug addiction. for much of his life.

“I had a fantasy world that I escaped to. I called my other personality Celestia. I believed I was from this world. I believed I was from another planet,” she said at ABC News. “I think I was crazy.”

“To have done so much work to heal myself and for my mother to in no way acknowledge that she was sorry for what happened to me broke my heart,” she explained. “And at that time, I separated from myself.”

His career continued to soar, even as his mental health deteriorated, with acclaimed performances in Donnie Brasco, Volcano and Swear and leading roles in six days seven nights and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1998 remake psychology like Marion Crane.

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Heche said she looks to others for love and validation, including her boyfriend of two years, Steve Martinwho was 30 years her senior, and girlfriend Ellen Degenereswho she dated from 1997 to August 2000. Heche said Sixth page that his career suffered because of his relationship with DeGeneres, lamenting in 2021, “I haven’t done a studio shot for 10 years [after dating DeGeneres]. I got kicked out of a $10 million photography deal and didn’t see the light of day in a studio shot.”

After his split from DeGeneres, Heche found love again with the cameraman Coley Laffoonwhom she married in 2001. They shared son Homer and separated in 2007, finalizing their divorce in 2009.

Heche would have left Laffoon for her Men in the trees co-star James Tupper. She and Tupper welcomed son Atlas in 2009. Tupper and Heche separated in 2018. In 2019, she was first linked to the actor Thomas Jeanne; in September 2021 We Weekly reported that Heche is dating skincare mogul Peter Thomas Roth.

Despite his professional life slowing after DeGeneres on the big screen, Heche worked steadily in television for the rest of his life, with roles on shows such as Everwood, Pinch/Tuck, Men in the trees, The Michael J. Fox Show, The brave, Quantico, Chicago PD and All stand up. She will also appear in The weekend and Lily Rose Depp series The idol.

Heche is survived by Laffoon, Tupper and his sons, and a sister named Abigail.

Tupper posted a photo of Heche on Instagram after he passed away. He captioned the photo, “Love you forever.”

“Anne had a big heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit,” her family said in a statement. “More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work, especially moving the needle for acceptance from who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and she will be greatly missed for her light.”

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